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Residents, businesses reminded to obtain re-entry passes

By Staff | May 26, 2020

The islands will again reuse the 2016 hurricane passes for the upcoming storm season.

Residents and businesses should apply for Sanibel’s Hurricane Reentry Pass Program in case an evacuation is ordered. Those already enrolled should make sure they still have their passes.

The city cited continuing efforts to control costs for keeping the 2016 ones active.

The passes help to aid security, speed up re-entry and provide traffic control.

For residents, a limit of two passes are issued per address. The 2016 passes are purple.

PHOTO PROVIDED Residential Pass

For businesses, only enough passes are issued to facilitate the damage assessment process, which officials previously reported typically means one pass. The 2016 commercial passes are tan.

Any older hurricane passes can be discarded.

Sanibel and Captiva are broken down into a number of re-entry zones.

The zones are numbered from the re-entry access point – the Causeway – then from Sanibel through to Captiva. Typically, a couple of zones are worked on at a time during the re-entry clearing process.

A second situation is an all-zone re-entry, when all zones are cleared at the same time.

PHOTO PROVIDED Commercial Pass

Upon re-entry, two lanes will be opened at the toll plaza.

One will be for pass holders, and the other for those without them.

For those with passes, they may need to provide a photo ID with their pass.

Those without passes will be required to provide a valid photo ID, preferably a driver’s license bearing an island address, and one document with an island address, like a utility bill or vehicle registration.

In light of COVID-19, the city has set up “no contact” options for obtaining the passes.

For residents, visit www.mysanibel.com and click “Hurricane/Emergency Management” under the Quick Links section. Applicants will need to have one of the following: a driver’s license, vehicle registration, voter registration, utility bill, or screenshot listing the applicant’s name as the property owner from the Website at leepa.org/Search/PropertySearch.aspx.

For businesses, visit www.mysanibel.com and click “Hurricane/Emergency Management” under the Quick Links section. To obtain verification that your business taxes are paid, email steve.chaipel@mysanibel.com or call 239-472-9615. A copy of your business tax receipt will be electronically or physically mailed to you for attachment to your application.

Email applications and proof of address verifications to Emergency.Management@mysanibel.com; mail them to Sanibel Police Department, Attention Lt. Towler, 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957; or fax them to 239-472-6555, ATTN: Lt. Towler.

People may also complete the application in person at the Sanibel Police Department, at 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Before entering the lobby there will be a poster board outlying the CDC Guidelines pertaining to the best practices for social distancing. When applying in person, proof of verification is required. It is strongly recommended that applicants bring the completed registration form with them.

For more information about the Hurricane Reentry Pass Program or to print an application, visit www.mysanibel.com/Departments/Police-including-Emergency-Management and click the “Emergency Management” link.