It’s time for our help and support to our Southwest Florida neighbors to go beyond excellence.

Recovery is underway, and much progress has been made thanks to the tireless efforts of first responders, line crews, and volunteers. We thank you sincerely for all you are doing to help the Paradise Coast begin the long journey toward rebounding from this historic weather event.

As we look ahead to rebuilding what was lost, Royal Shell will be there to help. We will continue to update this page with helpful links to be a resource to our communities, neighbors, and friends, including information about access, utilities, infrastructure, permitting, and business openings throughout Southwest Florida, like What’s Open on Sanibel, and What’s Open on Captiva.

 

Hurricane Ian Recovery

 

MOST RECENT UPDATE:

Monday, December 5, 2022, 4:00 PM EST

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Timbers Restaurant Now Open — The bar side of Timbers Restaurant, home of the crunchy grouper, has reopened! Remember to visit our What’s Open in Southwest Florida page. We continue to update the page as more restaurants and shops open, so check back regularly.

Rebel Gas Station Now Open — The Rebel Gas Station & Convenience Store (formerly Speedway)2499 Palm Ridge Road, has reopened! It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

FEMA Town Hall Meeting — The City of Sanibel will host a FEMA Town Hall Meeting Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m., at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road. Representatives from FEMA will provide a panel discussion on FEMA programs, including housing, the 50% rule, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and personal assistance. Representatives will be available afterward to assist residents with individual claim questions. You may also view the meeting via Facebook Live.

Causeway Bridge Tolls to Resume in January — Lee County has announced that it will resume normal toll operations on the Sanibel Causeway Bridge at 6 a.m. on Sunday, January 1.

The county’s toll program – called LeeWay – will honor its discount programs for Sanibel residents, who had them before the storm, through January 31 (renewal is typically in October). Sanibel/Captiva-based LeeWay customers are asked to renew their programs for 2023 now online at www.leegov.com/tolls or by calling (239) 533-9297.

Contractors working on Sanibel should visit the website to obtain a free LeeWay transponder and deposit funds into an account to avoid paying the $3 administrative fee applied to those without transponders. Transponders from other entities, such as SunPass and E-ZPass, also work. Visit www.leegov.com/tolls for a complete list.

All Lee County toll bridges are all-electronic; no cash is accepted. See the Lee County Press Release for details.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Informational Community Meeting — An informational community meeting will be held Friday, December 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall tent next to the damaged Town Hall at 2525 Estero Boulevard. This meeting will feature a panel of FEMA, Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) representatives, the Town’s Utility, Building Services, Permitting, and Public Works Departments, the FMB Fire District, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 12:00 PM EST

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Now Open — The Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s main Sanibel Island branch (2406 Periwinkle Way) is now open Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for your banking needs. Operations will be running out of their boardroom until renovations are complete.

The Sanibel Grill Now Open — The Sanibel Grill, 703 Tarpon Bay Road, has reopened! The grill is open Thursday – Sunday, from Noon to 6 p.m., with a limited food menu but a full bar and NFL Sunday Ticket.

The Green Flash Now Serving Lunch — The Green Flash Restaurant, 15183 Captiva Drive, is now open for lunch, serving favorites like meatball grinders, sausage & onions, and more.

Island Store Reopening Celebration — The Island Store invites you to their grand reopening celebration tonight, Thursday, December 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Join your neighbors and celebrate the reopening of the historic Island Store.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Community Resource Center Update — There have been a few changes regarding the hours and services available at the Community Resource Centers. Please see the locations below for details.

Beach Baptist Church (130 Connecticut Street)

  • Water, ice, restrooms, laundry, and showers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Staff is on-site Monday – Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to hand out supplies or give information.
  • Warm meals are served Monday – Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has representatives available Monday – Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., to help with questions or paperwork. You can also call (800) 621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov.

Santini Marina Plaza (7205 Estero Boulevard)

  • Water, ice, restrooms, laundry, and showers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Staff is on-site seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hand out canned food and supplies or give information.

Beach Cleanup Volunteers Needed Saturday — Keep Lee County Beautiful is looking for volunteers for a Fort Myers Beach cleanup event on Saturday, December 3, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cleanup will be on the southern end of Fort Myers Beach, focusing on the Critical Wildlife Area. Parking will be in multiple condo parking lots. For more information, parking details, or to volunteer, see the Registration Page.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 1:00 PM EST

 

ROYAL SHELL CAPTIVA OFFICE NOW OPEN

Our Captiva office opened Monday to help with recovery efforts on Captiva Island and the rebuilding of Jensen’s Marina. The office is currently open Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but we will expand our hours soon. We are providing real estate sales and free Wi-Fi to Captiva homeowners while we prepare to welcome rental guests when allowed back on the Islands. Our Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Naples–Parkshore offices remain open to assist with real estate sales and vacation rentals.

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Sanibel Deli Now Open — Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory, 2330 Palm Ridge Road, has reopened! The deli is open Monday – Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday. Remember to visit our What’s Open in Southwest Florida page. We continue to update the page as more restaurants and shops open, so check back regularly.

Water Service Billing to Resume — The Island Water Association (IWA) has announced that it will resume water service billing the week of December 26 after a 90-day grace period. See IWA’s Press Release for more information and an explanation of the charges.

 

Monday, November 28, 2022, 11:00 AM EST

 

ROYAL SHELL OPENS CAPTIVA OFFICE

Royal Shell opens our Captiva office today to help with recovery efforts on Captiva Island and the rebuilding of Jensen’s Marina. We are currently open Monday – Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will expand our hours soon. We are providing real estate sales and free Wi-Fi to Captiva homeowners.

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Free Wi-Fi — The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Lee Health have deployed five Starlink Wi-Fi modules for the public on Islands. The Wi-Fi is accessible in the parking lots of the Chamber of CommerceJerry’s FoodsSanibel Captiva Community Bank near Bailey’sIsland Inn, and Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. The Wi-Fi names start with “Leeco” and the password is IANLEECO2022.

Sanibel Recreation Center Reopening Tomorrow — The Sanibel Recreation Center will be open FREE to the community with limited amenities starting Tuesday, November 29! The Rec Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Available amenities and programs available include:

  • Fitness Center with weights, cardio equipment, and stretching area
  • Restrooms and locker rooms with showers
  • Community room (Osprey Room) with complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Free yoga class with Patricia Gennity at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Free youth program on Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (kids kindergarten through 8th grade)

Old Captiva House Now Open — Old Captiva House restaurant, 15951 Captiva Drive, has reopened! This National Registry of Historic Places landmark serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and to-go orders daily from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Beach Cleanup Volunteers Needed — Keep Lee County Beautiful is looking for volunteers for its Fort Myers Beach cleanup event on Wednesday, November 30, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information or to volunteer, see the Registration Page.

 

Friday, November 25, 2022, 9:30 AM EST

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

The Island Store Has Reopened — The Island Store11500 Andy Rosse Lane, has reopened! The Captiva Island general store is back with limited hours.

Hurricane Reentry Passes for Businesses — Beginning Monday, November 28, brick-and-mortar businesses that will be reopening on Sanibel and Captiva islands will be able to obtain authorization for their employees to access the Islands. See the City of Sanibel’s latest Ian Recovery Update for details.

There will be no changes to the process for residents and contractors who wish to obtain a hurricane reentry pass for Sanibel or Captiva.

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 11:40 AM EST

 

USPS MAIL PICKUP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

The USPS Jetport Loop Center, where Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers Beach residents pick up their mail, will be closed on Thursday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. On Friday, November 25, the facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Boil Water Notice Rescinded — The Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect for the area of Sanibel Island between Tarpon Bay Road and Lighthouse Beach. Note: The Caloosa Shores neighborhood remains under a boil water notice.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

(CORRECTION) Community Resource Centers Holiday Schedule — The Town has issued a correction to the holiday schedule of its Community Resource Centers. The Santini Marina Plaza and Beach Baptist Church centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week. Restrooms, laundry, and showers will still be available, but there will not be Town staff to hand out food and information. The Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. The Disaster Recovery Centers at these locations will be closed from Thursday to Sunday this week.

Council Meeting Canceled — The Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, November 28, has been canceled.

 

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 1:15 PM EST

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Traders Restaurant Now Open — Traders Restaurant & Shopping Emporium, 1551 Periwinkle Way, has reopened! It is open Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with music and bar until 8 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day. In addition to serving lunch & dinner, the emporium is open and ready for Christmas shopping.

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

Curfew Hours Revised — Town Council has changed the curfew to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., reducing the number of hours that the island is under curfew. However, contractors using Big Carlos Pass Bridge must adhere to a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. Residents traveling on and off the island during curfew should be prepared to show proof of residency.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner — Celebrate with fellow residents at a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 3 p.m. at Beach Baptist Church. Food donations are greatly appreciated. If you can donate, contact Shawn@beachbaptist.org or (239) 247-1029.

 

Monday, November 21, 2022, 12:45 PM EST

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

Change of Location for Reentry Passes — Hurricane Reentry Passes are now being issued at the Lee County Talking Books Library. Free parking is available in the Lee Street parking lot for the library campus. Passes are no longer issued at the RE/MAX building or Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule:
Monday, November 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Tuesday, November 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
Wednesday, November 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Thursday, November 24, CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 25, CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Saturday, November 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Closes from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch

Regular Schedule (Beginning Monday, November 28):
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
*Closes daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch

Upcoming Restaurant Openings — More restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva continue to reopen. The restaurants opening soon are:
Traders – Opening tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22
Old Captiva House – Opening Monday, November 28
Dixie Fish Company – Expected to open in January
Doc Ford’s (Sanibel) – Expected to open in January

 

 

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Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources

Help is available to those who are recovering from the destruction and loss caused by Hurricane Ian. The links below provide information about many of the resources available.

General Assistance and Information

      • DisasterAssistance.gov: This anonymous questionnaire can help victims of Hurricane Ian connect with local and federal assistance programs based on personalized needs.
      • FEMA Resource Links: FEMA has compiled a list of resources available to victims of Hurricane Ian.
      • Free Wifi Access: Those in need of WiFi access may get online at no cost at Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots.
      • Storage Space Available: Forty-three U-Haul self-storage locations are offering 30 days of free storage to those impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Missing Person and Pets Assistance

      • Missing Person Report: Florida is committed to locating and rescuing victims of Hurricane Ian. If a loved one or friend is missing, please fill out a report with the Division of Emergency Management.
      • Report a Safe Person: If a missing person has been found safe, please fill out a safe person report.
      • Lee County Lost Pet Search: Those who lost a pet during Hurricane Ian and its aftermath may file a report with Lee County Animal Services. 

Financial Assistance

Housing and Home Repair Assistance

      • Shelters: Shelters are available to those in need of a safe place to stay.
      • Operation Blue Roof: Homeowners and renters with roof damage from Hurricane Ian are eligible for free enforced fiber tarps.

Medical Assistance

      • Early Prescription Refills: It is important to have prescription medication on hand, even with pharmacies are not available. You may refill prescriptions early until this order is rescinded.

Food Assistance

      • Feeding Florida: Food, water, and other resources are available to those impacted by Hurricane Ian through Florida’s Food Bank Network.