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



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



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 vacation rental services, real estate sales, and free Wi-Fi to Captiva homeowners.



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.

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.



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



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

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.

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



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.



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.



(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



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.

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.



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 or (239) 247-1029.


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



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



Fixed-Route Bus Service Restored — LeeTran has reintroduced all fixed-route bus services, including the Fort Myers Beach Trolley and Park & Ride. Regular fare rates apply. See the LeeTran Flyer for details.

Natural Gas Restored — Peoples Gas restored Natural gas services to Fort Myers Beach. Customers can call (877) 832-6747 to schedule service restoration at their location. Visit the Peoples Gas Storm Updates page for additional info.

Times Square Resource Center Change — Due to low usage, showers and restrooms at the Times Square Resource Center were removed. However, supplies and information boards are still available. Showers and restrooms are still available at the Community Resource Centers at Santini Marina Plaza and Beach Baptist Church daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Thursday, November 17, 2022, 11:50 AM EST



Boil Water Notice  — The Island Water Association (IWA) has issued a boil water notice for the area of Sanibel from Tarpon Bay Road, east to Lighthouse Beach. See the map for affected areas. The notice is due to water main damage that occurred during a bridge repair project near Limpet Drive.

Restaurants Now Open — We’re happy to announce that restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva are beginning to reopen. The restaurants currently open are:

Cielo – Known for its farm-to-table cuisine, they’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving a limited menu.
Captiva Yacht Club – A private club, it has opened to serve food to its members.
Sanctuary Golf Club – A private club, it has opened to serve food to its members.



An Evening of Live Music — The State Emergency Response Team for Mental Health & Wellness is hosting live music at Times Square this evening, Thursday, November 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. Featuring local musicians, it will be a great moment to relax, refresh, renew and enjoy the spectacular sunset.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 12:40 PM EST



Change of Location for Ian Updates  — The Hurricane Ian Recovery Updates hosted by the City of Sanibel on Facebook Live have moved to a new location, if you’d like to attend in person. The updates are now held at the Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers. The next meeting is today, November 15, at 5 p.m.


Monday, November 14, 2022, 12:00 PM EST



Many businesses in Southwest Florida are bouncing back! See our new What’s Open in Southwest Florida? page for a list of local spots ready to welcome guests and customers! Grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, and show support as we all recover from Hurricane Ian’s devastation.



Power Restoration Requirements Updated — The City of Sanibel has updated the required affidavits that an electrical contractor or an electrical engineer must submit before LCEC may restore power to a structure. Please see the Updated Power Restoration Guidance page for complete details.



Restaurants Are Reopening — We’re happy to announce that restaurants on Fort Myers Beach are beginning to reopen. As more open, we’ll update our new What’s Open in Southwest Florida? page, so check back regularly. The restaurants currently open are:

Bayfront Bistro

La Ola Surfside Restaurant

Wahoo Willie’s

Yucatan Beach Stand






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

      • 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.