Virus-related updates on island activities, more
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In light of COVID-19, the following announcements have been reported on Sanibel and Captiva to date:
BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDS
The Bat Yam Temple of the Islands reported that “Shabbat Welcome” is held on Friday at 7 p.m. on Facebook or at Batyam.org. Coffee mornings with Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs are held on Zoom on Wednesday at 11 a.m., and the rabbi’s Saturday classes start at 9:45 a.m. To join a Zoom group or for assistance, contact Garry Weiss at email@example.com or Ron Chaddock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAILEY-MATTHEWS NATIONAL SHELL MUSEUM
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus. It will remain closed to visitors until further notice. During the closure, a limited number of staff will maintain the building’s operation and ensure the welfare of the animals. For more information and updates, visit www.shellmuseum.org or follow on social media.
BIG ARTS has suspended all programming and activities until further notice, including workshops, rentals, band and chorus rehearsals and concerts, gallery exhibits and receptions. In addition, the building will be closed to all public traffic. BIG ARTS will continue to monitor developments and will implement and communicate any additional changes.
CAPTIVA CHAPEL BY THE SEA
The Captiva Chapel by the Sea has canceled its services and activities for the rest of the season.
CAPTIVA MEMORIAL LIBRARY
As of March 18, the Captiva Memorial Library is closed to the public.
Other adjustments and reminders regarding services include:
– The book return site is open for patrons to drop off checked-out materials. No fines will be assessed for items overdue because of library closures.
– Due dates for all physical items have been extended and requested materials will be held at library locations until they reopen. There will be no fines charged for days the libraries are closed.
– Library card expiration dates have been extended to ensure access to online services available at www.leelibrary.net
– Telephone Reference staff is available to provide assistance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 239-533-4636.
– The Library System’s downloadable books, streaming video and other online content is available 24/7 at www.leelibrary.net.
Lee County has a dedicated landing page at www.leegov.com/covid-19/ to inform the public of the status of public meetings and facilities. The website will be updated as decisions are made.
COMMUNITY HOUSING AND RESOURCES
The Community Housing and Resources offices are closed, but staff members are working from home and will continue to maintain CHR operations. Staff can be reached at 239-472-1189, email@example.com or www.sanibelchr.org.
CLINIC FOR THE REHABILITATION OF WILDLIFE
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife reported that its Visitor Education Center closure has been extended until further notice, including the cancellation of all on-site education programs. If possible, seasonal programs including Speaker Series events and the Lunch & Learns will be rescheduled at a later date. Check CROW’s social media and website for future updates.
The Wildlife Hospital will remain open during normal operating hours to accept and treat wildlife patients. If you find injured, sick or orphaned wildlife, call 239-472-3644 Ext. 222.
FARMERS MARKETS – LOCAL ROOTS
Local Roots reported that the two island markets are open, but only feature food items.
The Sanibel Island Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Due to COVID-19, the Captiva Island Farmers Market is now being held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McCarthy’s Marina, at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva.
For questions, contact Market Manager Jean Baer at Jmbaer@comcast.net.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
The First Church of Christ, Scientist has suspended all services and events until further notice. In addition, the church’s Reading Room is closed.
F.I.S.H. OF SANIBEL-CAPTIVA
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva reported that while there may be changes made to aspects of its operations, it plans to continue running its largest programs, uninterrupted. These programs include:
– Food pantry
– Meals-by-F.I.S.H. meal delivery
– Food backpacks for children
– Emergency financial assistance
For more information, contact 239-472-0404 or visit www.fishofsancap.org.
J.N. ‘DING’ DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/TARPON BAY EXPLORERS
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has canceled its free tours and programming.
The Visitor & Education Center and the center’s restrooms are closed to the public, along with the Tarpon Bay recreation area and Tarpon Bay Explorers’ recreation concession. The Bailey Tract parking lot on Tarpon Bay Road is also closed to deter beach parking; still accessible via Island Inn Road.
Wildlife Drive and the refuge’s trails remain open to the public, as well as the restrooms along the drive; fees are not being collected from those accessing Wildlife Drive.
In addition, the Refuge Nature Store and DDWS offices are closed to the public.
For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/covid-19.
The Noah’s Ark thrift store is closed until further notice.
PROGRESSIVE CLUB OF THE ISLANDS
The Progressive Club of the Islands has suspended all public events, like membership meetings and happy hours, due to the coronavirus pandemic until further notice.
SANCAP CARES – ISLAND CELEBRATION
SanCap Cares reported that the 20th Annual Island Celebration to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been postponed. It is encouraging donors to still contribute and it is working to put its auction and other items online.
SANIBEL-CAPTIVA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that to support the health and safety of the community, all programming and events are canceled until further notice. The SCCF’s public closures include the Nature Center, all offices, the Sanibel Sea School and the Bailey Homestead Preserve’s Native Landscapes & Garden Center, which will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Closures do not include the over eight miles of nature trails the SCCF offers across the island.
The SCCF will continue to monitor public health risks and will provide updates on its ongoing work. Stay tuned to updates and announcements from the SCCF through its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts or visit online at sccf.org. For questions or more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANIBEL AND CAPTIVA ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce has closed its visitor center until further notice.
Currently, its standard operating procedures include:
– Closure of the visitor center lobby and bathrooms
– Placing the portable cart at the entrance with signage on front door explaining the operation
– One staff member will check the cart twice daily to replenish stock of daily vacancy, visitor guides and rack cards, as well as to check mail and send out wedding and relocation packets
– Front door signage will contain main phone number for personal assistance between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week
– Front door signage will also contain chamber of commerce names and email addresses for inquiries and membership questions
– Front door signage will direct visitors who would like additional information to The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club with address and directions.
The chamber team will be working from home and can be contacted via email, with a response anticipated within 24 business hours.
SANIBEL BICYCLE CLUB
The Sanibel Bicycle Club announced the cancellation of all club activities, along with club-sponsored weekly and off-island rides until May. Members are encouraged to continue riding, but riding solo.
SANIBEL CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ reported that its church council, in accord with its pastoral team, has decided to cancel all committee meetings and other church sponsored events, including Bible study, yoga and theological studies. Worship services have been suspended.
For more information, visit www.sanibelucc.org.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sanibel FlyFishers has canceled all in-person club activities for the season. The club hopes to resume regular meeting and activities in October as conditions allow.
SANIBEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND VILLAGE
The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is closed until further notice.
People may request a refund for the canceled Twilight Talk that was planned for April 7 or consider their ticket as a tax-deductible contribution to the village. Email messages to email@example.com for the quickest response.
Alternatively, you can leave a message at 239-472-4648; messages will be returned as quickly as possible. People may also call Executive Director Emilie Alfino on her personal cell phone at 239-357-1644 if necessary.
For updates and more information, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.
SANIBEL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Sanibel Music Festival has canceled the remaining concerts for its 2020 season.
The Emerson String Quartet and Opera Theater of Connecticut Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber have been rescheduled for next year on March 2 and March 16; tickets for the concerts will be honored.
To arrange to transfer tickets to any concert or a mix of concerts next season, email 2020TicketsInfo@sanibelmusicfestival.org by April 30.
For donations, contact Info@sanibelmusicfestival.org or 239-344-7025 by April 30.
For more information, visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org.
SANIBEL PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Sanibel Public Library is closed. The closure will be in effect for a few weeks, depending on of developments of COVID-19 and public health guidelines.
All programs and meetings, including the library district’s board of commissioners meeting, are postponed or cancelled.
Operationally, the library reported that:
– All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure.
– The library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards.
– All books and other materials placed on hold by users will be suspended and remain on hold for pickup when library reopens.
– The book drops are locked closed.
– The library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.
The library will provide further information and frequent updates at www.sanlib.org.
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SANIBEL RECREATION CENTER/YOUTH PROGRAM
The Sanibel Recreation Center is closed to the public until further notice due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the city’s youth programs are suspended until further notice.
ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church has suspended worship services, meetings and events until further notice. Meanwhile, morning prayer will be live-streamed on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
THE COMMUNITY HOUSE
The Community House reported that all programming has been shut down due to the coronavirus COVID-19. For further information and updates, visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net.
THE SANIBEL SCHOOL PTA – SEAHORSE FESTIVAL
The Sanibel School PTA reported that officials are the process of rescheduling the annual Seahorse Festival. Meanwhile, the PTA is encouraging the community to visit online at thesanibelschoolpta.com and contribute to its ongoing campaign of “$100 from 300” to help raise funds for the island school.