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COVID-19 Update

WELCOME BACK! WE ARE OPEN! 

CURRENT STATUS

STATE APPROVES LEE COUNTY’S PLAN TO RESUME VACATION RENTALS

Effective immediately Royal Shell is accepting reservations and guests for any length of stay.
Welcome back! We can’t wait to see you!

As of May 21, the following measures are required as minimum standards for vacation rentals throughout Lee County. Sanibel City Council has also adopted these standards. We will keep you updated if there are further changes.

Lee County and Sanibel’s plan includes:

Enforcement and regulation falls under the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, which has an Emergency Information Page at Florida DBPR emergency info.

See the City of Sanibel’s Proclamation 20-030 for details. 
For more information, go to Sanibel’s current status.

The Royal Shell team always works diligently to accommodate you and make your vacation as memorable and safe as possible.

CHECK-INS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Please note: Email is best. Due to the number of calls and emails we are receiving, please do not call and email. For the fastest response, please email us at info@royalshell.com. For guests whose arrivals are not impacted, there is no need to call or email.
We’ll see you when you get here!

COLLIER COUNTY’S PLAN TO RESUME VACATION RENTALS APPROVED

The state has approved Collier County’s plan to reopen its short-term vacation rentals. The county must follow the safety plan they submitted to the state. For more information, read about Collier County’s vacation rentals.

LEE COUNTY REOPENS ADDITIONAL PARK AMENITIES

As of May 22, the following will be open in Lee County: Pools, playgrounds, pavilions, courts, multi-purpose fields, such as soccer/lacrosse/football, fishing piers and splash pads. Staff will be onsite to help encourage following the CDC guidelines, including social distancing. For more information and restrictions, go to Lee County Parks and Recreation update.

SANIBEL REOPENS TWO NON-BEACH PARKING LOTS, MODIFIES SOME RESTRICTIONS

On May 19, City of Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane issued Proclamation 20-029, which includes the following:

GOVERNOR DeSANTIS UPDATES PHASE ONE REOPENING, EASES SOME RESTRICTIONS

On May 18, the following changes are in effect:

These changes modify Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 of April 30, which outlined his plan for Phase One reopening. That state order extended the period of Executive Order 20-87

SANIBEL RAISES PARKING FINES, KEEPS CITY BEACH PARKING LOTS CLOSED

As of May 16, Sanibel City Council updated restrictions as follows:

For details, click to read Sanibel’s Emergency Proclamation 20-028.

LEE COUNTY BEACHES ARE OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

On April 29, Lee County commissioners reopen county beaches and parking. Commissioners offered guidelines and stressed it is imperative that residents remain vigilant to continue social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The county beach parks and accesses that are open include:

Beach Parks

  • Sanibel Causeway Islands beaches are open
  • Bowman’s Beach Park, Sanibel Island, is open
  • Turner Beach Park, Captiva Island, is open 
  • San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve, Fort Myers mainland, beach is open
  • Crescent Beach Family Park, Fort Myers Beach, is open
  • Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park, Fort Myers Beach, is open
  • Bowditch Point Park, Fort Myers Beach, is open
  • Little Hickory Island Beach Park, Bonita Springs, is open
  • Bonita Beach Park, Bonita Springs, is open

Beach Accesses

  • Alison Hagerup Beach Park, Captiva Island, is open
  • Andy Rosse Lane Park, Captiva Island, is open
  • Boca Grande beach accesses are open
  • ​Estero Island beach accesses, Fort Myers Beach, are open
  • Dog Beach Park, Fort Myers Beach, is open
  • Bonita Beach accesses, Bonita Springs, are open

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will assist with monitoring and educating the public at county beaches.

Lee County recreation centers remain closed.

FORT MYERS BEACH PUBLIC BEACHES ARE OPEN

On May 2, Fort Myers Beach beaches and parking opened. Beachgoers must continue to follow strict social distancing guidelines and safety protocols. For additional information check this Town of Fort Myers Beach page.

COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC BEACHES ARE OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

On May 13, Collier County opened beaches and beach parking with the following restrictions. Please note weekend hours differ from weekday hours. 

Beach Parks

Monday through Friday: sunrise through sunset with no further restrictions

Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.; and 5:00 p.m. through sunset

Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday (May 23-25, 2020): 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.; and 5:00 p.m. through sunset

Parking

During weekends all County parking garages, lots and facilities are open only to County residents whose vehicles have Collier County/City of Naples beach parking passes. Collier County beach parking passes may be purchased or renewed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Friday, May 15, 2020, at several Naples locations.

Collier County Government monitors compliance with protocols to ensure residents are accessing and enjoying the beaches in a safe manner. For more information, visit Collier County’s COVID-19 page. For a list of Collier County beaches, visit Collier’s Beach and Boat Parks.

CITY OF NAPLES BEACHES ARE OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS 

On May 13, the City of Naples reopened beaches and beach parking with the following restrictions. Please note weekend hours differ from weekday hours.

Beaches

Monday through Friday: sunrise to sunset

  • No coolers and tents; chairs and umbrellas are allowed.
  • Walking, running, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding are allowed.

Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

  • Chairs, tents, umbrellas, or coolers are prohibited.
  • Walking, running, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding are allowed.

Saturday and Sunday: 5:00 p.m. through sunset

  • ONLY chairs allowed. (Tents, umbrellas, or coolers are prohibited.)

Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday (May 23-25, 2020): 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

  • Chairs, tents, umbrellas, or coolers are prohibited.
  • Walking, running, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding are allowed.

Memorial Day weekend: 5:00 p.m. through sunset

  • ONLY chairs allowed. (Tents, umbrellas, or coolers are prohibited.)

Parking

  • City of Naples and Collier County beach parking permits ONLY
  • No hourly beach parking (metered parking)
  • No parking on residential streets unless in properly marked parking areas
  • Fines will be doubled from $100 to $200 with no early discount
  • Illegally parked vehicles will be towed

Every resident and visitor should continue following CDC guidelines: practice social distancing, limit groups to 10 people or fewer, wash your hands frequently, and stay at home as much as possible. For more information visit City of Naples’ COVID-19 page.

MARCO ISLAND BEACH ACCESSES ARE OPEN

On April 30, Marco Island city-owned pedestrian beach accesses are open. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. The accesses near Marriott’s Crystal Shores hotel and Madeira condominium are open from sunrise to sundown. 

For more information about beaches, visit our page, Which Southwest Florida Beaches Are Open.

ELEVENTH CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE REPORTED ON SANIBEL

On May 7, the Florida Department of Health reported the eleventh confirmed case of COVID-19 on Sanibel. The Florida Department of Health does not provide the City any information other than what appears on these reports. Check the Florida Department of Health website for more information.

The Florida Department of Health updates its COVID-19 reports to include the number of cases per day by city, in addition to the number of cases per county, and statewide totals. The City of Sanibel home page provides direct access to these daily reports.

We appreciate your patience while we deal with this pandemic. The safety and well being of our guests, owners, and employees are our top priorities.

CITY OF SANIBEL’S COVID-19 OPERATIONAL ORDERS FOR ALL SANIBEL ACCOMMODATIONS

To stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Sanibel orders all Sanibel accommodations to take these steps:  

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Community Park, 2221 Periwinkle Way
Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel Captiva Road
Community Park Playground, 2231 Periwinkle Way

City of Sanibel Proclamation 20-016 temporarily closes public parking lots, the Community Park and the playground.

FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA:

REVISED HOURS for Island Grocery Stores and Pharmacies:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Tolls/Transportation: In-person cash toll collections are suspended. Toll collections are via transponder or are billed by mail via license plate scan. The LeeWay Service Center remains closed to the public. Customer service is offered through a 24-hour drop box at the LeeWay Service Center, and by mail and fax.
Sanibel boat ramp and fishing pier: Closed as of March 21.
Wedding Ceremonies: Wedding ceremonies have been suspended until further notice.
Lee County School District: Distance learning is in effect through the end of the school year.
Public Utilities: Lee County Utilities lobby, 7391 College Parkway, Fort Myers, is closed. Drive-by, drop-off, online, and phone services are available.  
Parks and Recreation: Lee and Collier County beaches and parks have reopened with some restrictions. Sanibel City-owned beaches remain closed. 
LeeTran: Transit service on Fort Myers Beach has resumed.
Lee County Public Libraries: Some regional libraries have reopened. Restrictions vary by branch. 
Sanibel Public Library: Curbside pickup available, Monday through Friday, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Sanibel Island Farmers Market: Open Sundays, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Masks are encouraged; attendees are requested to maintain social distancing and follow CDC’s guidelines.

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