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  • October 20, 2022

CITY OF SANIBEL A map of the public portable toilets located throughout Sanibel.
The city of Sanibel released the following information after its Oct. 19 Facebook Live:
Sanibel continues to be a challenging environment. As of Oct. 19, there was no electricity to any structures, and no potable water available for drinking, bathing or flushing toilets. There is no ground transportation and no operating gas stations. Debris is present throughout the island and is actively being collected by the city’s debris management contractor. The speed limit on the entire island is 20 mph or lower, based on conditions. ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides and golf carts not legally registered to operate on city streets are prohibited. Please be aware of displaced wildlife throughout the island.
A curfew is in effect on Sanibel from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. No vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian movement is permitted, except for essential response personnel. The curfew is being strictly enforced.
LCEC has provided estimated timelines for power restoration on both islands that can be viewed at The timeframe for power restoration on Sanibel is generally Oct. 31. However, there is currently not a detailed timeline for power restoration at each house and structure. There may be unique situations where power restoration may be delayed.
Inspection and/or repair of electrical equipment that was flooded or damaged by Hurricane Ian is required before the city notifies LCEC that power may be restored to a property. For more information, visit For questions, contact [email protected]
The Island Water Association has pressurized the water distribution system throughout Sanibel and Captiva. The water is not safe for consumption, unless brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute. To re-establish service at a property, complete the request form at
At this time, water must only be used for construction purposes and property clean up until sanitary sewer systems are online. Water must not be used for any purpose that will discharge to the sewer, including toilet flushing, showering, laundry and hand washing.
This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is on Sanibel to perform reassessments of properties that were previously deemed “destroyed” and “major damage” by the Urban Search and Rescue teams. Property owners who sustained hurricane damage may advise the Lee County Property Appraiser about the damage by contacting [email protected] They can also directly upload photos and other information at
Debris removal began on Oct. 14 on Sanibel and is ongoing. The city, along with its contracted debris hauler, continue to explore potential sites for temporary storage of debris removed from residential neighborhoods before it can be hauled off the island. For directions on how to separate debris for it to be collected, visit
The city has placed containers at the City Recycling Center to collect residential refrigerator and kitchen rubbish. No commercial rubbish, debris or vegetation will be accepted. Commercial property owners must contact their waste hauler for pick up, as needed.
Portable toilets have been placed around the island.
The Sanibel Municipal Code provides that recreation vehicles may be used for residential purposes or on a temporary basis only in a mobile home park.
Storage pods are allowed at single-family homes, but only temporarily and for no more than 30 days.
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