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Hurricane Ian Recovery

Going Beyond Excellence to Support Our Neighbors

As recovery continues, 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



Tuesday, March 28


Sanibel Home Mail Delivery Has Resumed — Great news! The USPS is now delivering mail to the homes of Sanibel residents (who have a mailbox).

Causeway Traffic Delays Expected Today — Expect intermittent delays today, Tuesday, March 28, until 3 pm for eastbound (off-island) traffic. As part of today’s restoration work on the Sanibel Causeway, traffic will need to be slowed or stopped intermittently as crews work close to the travel lanes.


Wednesday, March 22



Horticultural Waste Pickup Has Resumed — Waste Management has resumed the regular horticulture/vegetation waste collection it provided before Hurricane Ian. See the Collection Zone Map for waste pickup schedules.



FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program — Financial assistance may be available for property owners in the Town of Fort Myers Beach through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This program helps property owners rebuild homes or businesses stronger than before Hurricane Ian. See the Town’s Press Release for details. The deadline for interest applications is April 10, 2023.

Bonita Bill’s Reopening March 27 — Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, will reopen Monday, March 27! The laid-back, family-friendly establishment will return with a full menu, regular hours, and live music. Visit our What’s Open in Southwest Florida page for the latest reopenings.


Friday, March 17



The deadline to register for Hurricane Ian debris removal through the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is Wednesday, March 29. Personal and commercial property owners may request debris removal, including vehicles, vessels, motorcycles, trailers, and ATVs, at


Boops by the Bubble Room Now Open — Boops by the Bubble Room, 15001 Captiva Drive, has reopened! Get The Bubble Room’s world-famous cakes and desserts, as well as other delectable treats that are not available at the main restaurant, which is currently closed for renovation. Visit our What’s Open in Southwest Florida page for the latest reopenings.

“Ding” Darling Refuge to Reopen April 4 — The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Drive, will reopen Tuesday, April 4! Part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S., it is world-renowned for its spectacular migratory bird populations.


Friday, March 10


Alison Hagerup Beach Opens Tomorrow — Alison Hagerup Beach Park on Captiva Island (14790 Captiva Drive) will reopen Saturday, March 11! Parking fees apply (1 hr – $15, 2 hrs – $25, all day – $40), paid through the ParkMobile App. Parking proceeds are applied directly to beach nourishment and wildlife habitat enhancement. Visit our What’s Open in Southwest Florida page for the latest reopenings.


MoJoe’s Coffee Cafe Opens Tomorrow — MoJoe’s Coffee Cafe will reopen Saturday, March 11, as a food truck at its 1740 Estero Boulevard location! MoJoe’s will have a full breakfast menu, espresso, coffee, smoothies, frappes, and lattes. Visit our What’s Open in Southwest Florida page for the latest reopenings.


Monday, March 6


Two more Sanibel Beaches and a Boat Ramp Are Open! — The City of Sanibel is happy to announce that it has opened two more beach parks and a boat ramp:

More Restaurants Are Reopening — Great news! More Sanibel and Captiva restaurants have recently reopened (or will reopen soon):

Rosalita’s Cantina – 975 Rabbit Road (former 400 Rabbits location)
Starbucks (Captiva) – 5400 Plantation Road
Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro (Opens 3/7)751 Tarpon Bay Road (new location)



Lynn Hall Beach Park Now Open — Lee County has reopened Lynn Hall Beach Park, 950 Estero Boulevard (next to Times Square), including parking areas. The County has waived parking fees at Lynn Hall Park until further notice. Bowditch Point Park and Crescent Beach Family Park remain closed but are tentatively planned to reopen in May.

Times Square Utility Project Underway — Today, Florida Power & Light (FPL) started construction on underground lines at Times Square to restore electricity to the area. During this time, the area may be unavailable to the public, and access to businesses on the beach side of Times Square may be restricted. No road closures are anticipated. The project is expected to take about one week to complete.


Tuesday, February 28


Sanibel Lighthouse Shines Again — At 6 am this morning, on the 5-month anniversary of Hurricane Ian’s landfall, the Sanibel Lighthouse was relit! The relighting of the iconic structure is a testament to the strength and perseverance of our community. Click here to see a video of the relighting from Sanibel Carts.


Shoreline Restoration Easement Revised — The Town of Fort Myers Beach has revised the easement form beachfront property owners must sign to participate in Town’s sand recovery project. Owners who signed the previous easement are not required to sign the revised easement but may do so if the new language is preferred. See the Town’s Press Release for details on the revision.

Sanibel Lighthouse Relighting

Friday, February 24


Fort Myers Beach Parking Permits Available Now — Fort Myers Beach parking permits have arrived. Prior year resident parking passes are still honored, but new permits can be purchased at the temporary Town Hall complex at 2545 Estero Boulevard. Currently, there is a limited amount of parking, but more spaces should be added soon. See the Town’s Press Release for cost, details, and requirements.

More Restaurants Are Reopening — Great news! Several Fort Myers Beach restaurants have recently reopened:

Dixie Fish Company – 714 Fishermans Wharf
Fresh Catch Bistro – 4761 Estero Boulevard (new location)
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill – 2500 Main Street
Tuckaway Cafe (Food Truck) – 2301 Estero Boulevard


Monday, February 6, 2023


Sanibel Beaches Are Open! — The City of Sanibel is happy to announce that it has opened its beaches to the public. Access and parking are currently limited to the following locations:


  • Sanibel beach parking permit and hourly parking ($5/hr)*
  • 76 general parking spaces
  • Restrooms available

BLIND PASS PARK (Sanibel Captiva Road)

  • Sanibel beach parking permit and hourly parking ($5/hr)*
  • 23 general parking spaces, 6 spaces only for City of Sanibel A or B beach parking permits
  • Portable toilets available


  • Beach Road access – 13 spaces (no defined parking)
  • Nerita Street access – 6 spaces (no defined parking)
  • Bayview Park – 10 spaces (north end of Bailey Road)
  • Bock Peace Park – 6 spaces (north end of Dixie Beach Blvd)
  • Sanctuary Overlook – 2 spaces
  • East Gulf at Colony access – 2 spaces (A Permit ONLY)

* Staff will be at Trost Parking Lot and Blind Pass Beach Park to assist patrons in using the new Mobile Payment System. Parking without a City of Sanibel Beach Parking Permit or parking without paying may result in a $150 fine.

Waves crashing on shore on Sanibel Island


Wednesday, February 1, 2023


The Florida Hurricane Restoration Reimbursement Grant Program has opened for applications. The program assists private property owners in addressing coastal beach erosion incurred due to preparation for or damage sustained during Hurricane Ian or Hurricane Nicole. It provides reimbursement grants up to $150,000 per parcel (with a 50/50 homeowner match requirement) to cover construction costs associated with sand placement (renourishment). For information or to apply, visit the DEP Hurricane Information webpage. Contact the DEP at (850) 245-8558 or with questions regarding the program or application process.


Boil Water Notice Rescinded — The Island Water Association (IWA) has rescinded the Boil Water Notice for the Caloosa Shores neighborhood (Caloosa End Lane, Punta Caloosa Court, Indian Court, And Caloosa Drive). The notice went into effect on September 27, 2022.


Shoreline Restoration Planned — The Town of Fort Myers Beach will use an “engineered beach design” to restore critically eroding shorelines. The engineered design will reduce storm damage and benefit property owners, the community, and area wildlife. The Town is asking beachfront property owners to support the project’s implementation by executing the Temporary Beach Management and Access Easement for their properties. See the Town’s Press Release for project details.


Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Sanibel Administration Phone Temporarily Out of Service — The primary City Hall Administration number, (239) 472-3700, is currently out of service.
To contact the City of Sanibel by phone, please use the numbers below:

Building Department: (239) 472-4555
Planning Department: (239) 472-4136
Non-emergency Police Department: (239) 472-3111
All Other City Issues: (239) 603-7261


Monday, January 23, 2023


Temporary Mail Facility Now Open — A temporary Post Office facility is now operating from the Post Office parking lot at 200 Carolina Avenue. It offers retail services, PO Boxes, and mail & package pickup for Fort Myers Beach customers in the 33931 and 33932 ZIP Codes. Customers must show a valid picture ID when picking up mail or packages. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no retail services Saturday). See the USPS Press Release for details.


Thursday, January 19, 2023


Sanibel Beach Parking Permits Available Now — The City of Sanibel is now offering 2023 Beach Parking Permits for Sanibel residents & property owners. At this time, the beaches are not open, but limited beach access is expected to begin in February (see Anticipated Beach Openings section below). Permits for residents & property owners will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, January 31. See the City of Sanibel’s Press Release for details and requirements.


Thursday, January 12, 2023


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and Royal Shell celebrated the grand reopening of our Sanibel Welcome Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. The Sanibel Welcome Center and Captiva office are now open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing real estate sales, free Wi-Fi, hot coffee, cold water, and friendly faces. Our Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Naples–Parkshore offices remain open to assist with real estate sales and vacation rentals.

Royal Shell staff cutting the ribbon opening the Sanibel Welcome Center

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and Royal Shell celebrated the grand reopening of our Captiva Island office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. The office is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing real estate sales, free Wi-Fi, hot coffee, cold water, and friendly faces. Our Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Naples–Parkshore offices remain open to assist with real estate sales and vacation rentals.




Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources

Help is available to those 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

Financial Assistance

Housing and Home Repair Assistance

      • Shelters: Shelters are available to those in need of a safe place to stay.

Food Assistance

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