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UPDATE: Sanibel businesses, organizations that have shared their closing through social media

By Staff | Sep 6, 2017

MacIntosh Books of Sanibel

“After careful consideration, today’s focus (Wednesday) will be preparing the shop for hurricane Irma. Please stop in for a book, a candle, a hug or anything else you may need for the long weekend. You can count on us to be open until at least 4 p.m. After that, we will be closed until the storm passes. Be safe everyone!”

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

“To ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers, the museum will be closed Wednesday until the threat of Hurricane Irma has passed. Be safe everyone.”

Bait Box Sanibel

“So that our Bait Box family can prepare for the impending Hurricane Irma we will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and remain closed for the duration of the storm. We will re-open as soon as physically possible. Hope all our friends and families stay safe during this time. Thank you for all your support.”

J.N. “Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge/Tarpon Bay Recreation Area

“Due to preparations for Hurricane Irma, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island will be closing early on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and will remain closed until further notice. The Visitor & Education Center will close at noon, and the Wildlife Drive and Tarpon Bay Recreation Area will both close at 4 p.m. All of our visitors and partners are urged to also take appropriate precautions for Hurricane Irma.

A safety assessment will be conducted post-storm. The refuge will reopen as soon as it is practically possible. Further announcements will be made at that time. To confirm refuge hours please call 239/ 472-1100 or check the refuge’s official Facebook page for the most current information:www.facebook.com/dingdarlingrefuge

Sanibel Sea School

“Sanibel Sea School will be closed starting today (Wednesday) to complete preparations for the possible arrival of Hurricane Irma. We will reopen as soon as the danger has passed. Please check back here for updates.”


“We are closed until Irma passes. Please stay safe and keep an eye on the weather.”


“Due to Hurricane Irma all BIG ARTS offices and box offices will be closed until further notice. Please check our website and social media accounts for updates. Tickets will still be available for purchase online at bigarts.org.

The Islands of Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce:

“In an attempt to give our team ample time to prepare for Hurricane Irma, the Visitor Center and Chamber offices will be closed today at 5 p.m. until further notice.

The Sept. 12 Chamber Luncheon has been cancelled.”