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  • October 28, 2022

The Captiva Community Panel released the following updates today, Oct. 27:
The Island Water Association reported that it is concentrating efforts on the process to rescind the boil water notice. The process requires system-wide flushing, disinfectant residual confirmation and two successive lab samples confirming the absence of bacteria. It takes time and, ultimately, requires the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to review the results and approve rescinding the boil notice. The IWA has an internal goal to have the advisory lifted during early November.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that if the cost of repairing a structure to its condition before Hurricane Ian is 50 percent or more of its pre-disaster market value — 50% rule — the structure is considered “substantially damaged.” The value of the land is not a consideration; the determination is based strictly on the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.
FEMA does not make substantial damage determinations; the determination is made by a community’s building official or floodplain manager.
Repairing a structure in a floodplain requires a permit. In addition, the “substantially damaged” structure must be brought into compliance with the Florida Building Code and the community’s floodplain management regulations. Options include:
– Flood-proofing a non-residential structure
– Relocating the structure outside the floodplain
– Elevating the structure to a height determined by local community officials
– Demolishing the structure
Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage is a paid coverage under the insured’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy. Policyholders of structures substantially damaged by flood, located in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), can receive up to $30,000 through ICC to help meet the cost of complying with building codes and ordinances.
For more information on general flood insurance questions, contact the NFIP at 800-427-4661 or your insurance agent. People can also email [email protected] to request information in a language other than English. Information also is available at and
The CCP noted that the city of Sanibel’s Facebook Live update on Oct. 26 included a session with NFIP Insurance Specialist Jeffrey Parker and Florida NFIP State Coordinator Conn Cole, who provided floodplain technical assistance and answered questions about the NFIP and 50% rule. To watch the video, visit
The South Seas Island Resort reported that most areas had power as of Oct. 26, and the power is hot to the meter outside of your home. If your power is not on, it is either:
– Something is damaged leading to the unit.
– Your HOA is systematically working through all units checking for problems; once confirmed there are no issues, panels will be turned on.
– If you have a private home in the SSIR program, the resort is working through those homes with an electric company and turning on panels. If you are not in the program and have a private home, contact LCEC. If you are having difficulty, email SSIR Regional Managing Director Bob Walter at [email protected] and he will do his best to assist; the challenge is LCEC will probably require someone present at the home.
The SSIR reported that water was on in all areas as of Oct. 26; your main valve may be turned off leading to your home. If you are part of an HOA, they are systematically turning on areas and checking for leaks inside and outside.
The SSIR reported that the FGUA plant was on full power with 12 of the 18 lift stations running on full power as of Oct. 26. Repairs are still being done on six stations control panels. Crews are on site.
Debris pick up
The SSIR reported that debris is being picked up by CrowderGulf; it had four large trucks working as of Oct. 26. Debris was scheduled to be picked up in the next day or two. The state and county were awaiting FEMA approval to pick up debris on private property and commercial property.
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