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City council decides on parking, governor’s plan and rentals

By Staff | Apr 29, 2020

At a special meeting today, the Sanibel City Council voted to keep beach parking closed, to allow restaurants and retail to open with certain conditions, and to extend existing rental restrictions.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the council voted to uphold the closure of the city’s paid parking lots for an additional 15 days. While city beaches have remained open, a residential parking sticker is needed.

The council also voted 3-2 to follow Phase I of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery” announced today by Gov. Ron DeSantis. In particular, the governor’s executive order allows for the reopening of restaurants and retail businesses based upon a set of principles and guidelines.

Retail must adhere to social distancing measures and maintain an occupancy of no more than 25 percent. Restaurants can serve on-premise food and beverages as long as they follow social distancing measures with an indoor occupancy of no more than 25 percent; outdoor dining is also permitted.

In addition, the council voted 3-2 to approve extending the city’s current rental restrictions for an additional 15 days. As part of the vote, it amended the existing language to allow guests already on the island to remain and rent a different type of accommodation, like moving from a house to a hotel.

A full story on today’s meeting with further details is forthcoming.