UPDATE: Beach Road lot to close to ‘A’ permit parking only
The city of Sanibel reported today that in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Sanibel beach parking lot at the terminus of Beach Road will be “A” permit parking only effective March 25.
ORIGINAL (March 23, 2020):
The city of Sanibel reported that in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and in alignment with CDC guidelines and governor executive orders, the Sanibel Beach Parking lots are closed as of March 18.
According to an emergency proclamation, the city closures will apply to: Bowman’s Beach, Blind Pass, Gulfside City Park (Algiers), Lighthouse Beach and the Fishing Pier, and the Trost Parking Lot.
As of March 22, it also closed the Sanibel Fishing Pier, boat ramp and boat ramp parking lot, plus beach parking lots at the northern terminus of Dixie Beach and Bailey Beach roads to vehicle parking.
In addition, parking at the Sanibel boat ramp parking lot and launching from the boat ramp will be temporarily restricted to permit holders – city issued “AC” and “C” permits – effective March 24. Access to the boat ramp parking lot and the boat ramp will be available daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Also effective as of March 24, parking at the Fulgar, Nerita and Donax Beach accesses will be limited to “A” beach parking stickers only. In addition, all non-resident beach parking on Sanibel is closed.
The official sites to monitor for the most current information on COVID-19 – which can be accessed via direct links on the city’s home page at www.mysanibel.com – are the Florida Department of Health at www.FloridaHealth.gov and the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.
In addition, county-owned beaches and the county-owned Fort Myers Beach Pier is closed until further notice effective as of March 19 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes beach parking lots, restrooms and county-owned beach access points.
The county sites include:
– Bonita Beach Park
– Bowditch Point Park
– Bowman’s Beach Park
– Causeway Islands
– Crescent Beach Family Park
– Little Hickory Island Beach Park
– Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park
– Matanzas Pass Preserve
– San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve
– Turner Beach Park
– Alison Hagerup Beach Park
– Andy Rosse Lane paddlecraft launch
– Boca Grande Beach Accesses
– Bonita Beach Accesses
– Dog Beach Park
– Estero Islands Beach Access
– Matanzas Bridge Fishing Pier
Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais announced the closure using Centers For Disease Control guidance and at a time when many college-age students are on spring break or are in the area while taking online classes.
“While young people may not be as vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19 as older adults, they can be asymptomatic and spread the virus to others, including older adults and their own family members,” he said.
The county will coordinate enforcement with the appropriate enforcement agencies.
The county also suspended LeeTran beach trolley and tram service effective March 19.
For more information, visit www.leegov.com/covid-19 or www.leegov.com/parks/beaches.