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Shuttered beach parking lots on Sanibel effectively close city-beaches to non-residents for at least two more weeks

By Staff | Apr 30, 2020

City-owned beach parking lots on Sanibel will remain closed for at least two more weeks.

While city beaches have remained open, a residential parking sticker is needed to park in the lots.

County beaches and parking lots, meanwhile, opened Wednesday morning.

On Sanibel, Bowman’s Beach is an open county beach as is Turner Beach on Captiva.

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District, meanwhile, reopened the beaches on Captiva beginning April 29, based on the emergency meeting directive by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. All beach accesses will be open to the public from dawn to dusk at the Alison A Beach parking lot and bathroom facilities, along with the Andy Rosse Lane beach accesses.

The Causeway Islands along the Sanibel Causeway also are open.

Sanibel City Council on Wednesday extended its closure of all city owned paid beach parking lots through May 15.

The Council also extended its temporary restriction on accommodations through May 15, 2020

As part of the 3-2 vote, Council 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.

The elected board did adopt Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order for Phase 1 for Re-opening Florida meaning stores and restaurants will be able to reopen, although restrictions will apply.

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 permitte