Visitors returning to Sanibel beaches as big changes observed
Sanibel saw a vast improvement today in the volume of dead sea life found on its beaches and shorelines, as well as improved conditions within its canals and bayous.
City officials reported that all the island’s beaches from Lighthouse to Turner were in “very good” to “excellent” condition upon inspection this morning. As of noon, a total of 30 bags of sea life – mostly fish – had been removed, mainly in the area stretching from Bowman’s Beach to Turner Beach Park.
Additionally, the west end canals and bayous looked much improved, along with the east end canals. The only area with red tide respiratory irritation was a “moderate” amount on the far northwest end of Sanibel, according to officials.
“Any immediate improvements on our beaches does not lessen the city of Sanibel’s resolve, nor the need for our citizens and all who love our environment to lessen our pursuit of the city of Sanibel’s water priorities,” City Manager Judie Zimomra’s daily report states. “The next phase of this crisis is our ongoing efforts of pursuing full cost recovery for the city’s expenses to date, as well the full economic recovery of the island.”
She noted that the Sanibel City Council and city staff are engaged and committed to these goals.
Any issues entailing sea turtles on the beaches should be reported directed to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s hotline at 978-728-3663. No turtle should ever be moved or removed from the beach by anyone other than the SCCF’s research team.