City highlights post-hurricane updates, information | News, Sports, Jobs – Sanibel-Captiva Islander

  • October 12, 2022

The city of Sanibel provided the following key messages from its Facebook Live on Oct. 11:
– Gov. Ron DeSantis was at Punta Rassa and announced that temporary repairs to the Sanibel Causeway allowed a convoy of power restoration equipment, supplies and crews to access Sanibel to continue restoration efforts.
– To watch the Facebook Live announcement from DeSantis, visit
– Once crews are on the island, the Florida Department of Transportation will resume repairs to restore bridge access to the island for residents. The repairs are expected to be complete by the end of the month.
– To watch video of the convoy arriving on Sanibel, visit
– To watch video of the convoy driving on Periwinkle Way, visit
– Curfew in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Residents are reminded to not be on the streets.
– Hurricane re-entry passes must hang from the rearview mirror at all times.
– Speed limits are 30 mph on most streets and 35 mph on Periwinkle Way and Sanibel-Captiva Road. Police Chief William Dalton is asking motorists to slow down and be aware of their surroundings if they have to drive on the island.
– There are currently no public fuel sources on the island.
– To report unauthorized entry or trespass, contact the SPD at 239-472-3111.
– Fire suppression is defensive only.
– The fire district and Lee County EMS services have returned to 24-hour coverage. Crews are positioned at Station 171, at 2351 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, and Station 172, at 5171 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, during the day. Crews are only positioned at Station 171 at night.
– Two coyotes were spotted on Dixie Beach Road on Oct. 11.
– The U.S. Coast Guard urges the public to report observations of oil spills and discharges of hazardous materials to the National Response Center at 800-424-8802.
– Through a mutual aid agreement, additional resources from the Jacksonville Electrical Authority are on island and include several construction crews, lift station technicians, electricians, generators and bypass pumps. Work is scheduled to begin today, Oct. 12.
– City staff have started to fill in eroded areas at the end of Bailey Road.
– City staff have started working on debris removal at the Sanibel Community Park.
Questions asked by residents at the city’s Facebook Live briefing that related to permitting and reconstruction efforts are being reviewed by the city’s incoming building official. Responses will be included in an upcoming news release and live briefing.
The city is operating out of a temporary Sanibel City Hall at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, at 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers. It reported the following information:
– Main City Hall phone number is 239-472-3700
– Temporary Hurricane Ian phone number is 239-603-7261
– Call Center is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Information Desk is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Hurricane re-entry passes available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition, the city provided the following key messages from its Sanibel partners:
– Working to repair all main lines; will provided an update when repaired.
– Keep meter boxes clear from trash and debris piles.
– For billing questions, visit
– 350 trucks and 50 pieces of equipment arrived on Sanibel on Oct. 11 via the causeway.
– A base camp will be completed today, Oct. 12, with 500 line crew also expected to arrive.
– Command center is located at the BIG ARTS parking lot, at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.
Current estimate for restoration is Dec. 16.
Sanibel residents may pick up mail at the Jetport Loop Mail Facility, at 14080 Jetport Loop, Fort Myers. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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