Construction is Underway on Sanibel's First New Resort in Years

Construction is Underway on Sanibel's First New Resort in YearsHurricane Ian left its mark on Sanibel Island some time ago, but there are many areas of the island that are still recovering. The Shalimar Beach Resort has been in Sanibel since 1959. When Ian hit the island the resort sustained more damage than several other businesses. The cute beach cottages were so damaged they could not be saved. But the resort is rebuilding and broke ground about a month ago at an official ceremonial groundbreaking event. It is the first resort to be rebuilt on the island since the hurricane. It will be the first completely new construction resort in Sanibel for over 40 years. 

Plans for the new Shalimar on Sanibel Island

The Shalimar is the first hotel resort to be given the green light on construction on Sanibel Island. The owner of the resort believes it is because they are not looking to change the current building codes on the island. They want to retain the original charm of the small resort that once stood on the Gulf Front beach on the island. Sean Niesel owner of the resort shared this statement with a local news outlet:

"We had 33 units prior, and going into this right away we wanted to have 33 units again. That's why we're first, because we didn't try to change a bunch of codes," Niesel explained.

Stevens Construction will be rebuilding the resort from the ground up. Their current plans for the resort will include a two-story building with 21 one-bedroom hotel units and a parking structure on the ground level. There will be another building with two one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units also built over a ground-level parking structure. To round out the 33 units there will be a series of 4 duplex structures to bring back the charming beach cottages that once stood. These new cottages will be built over parking structures on the ground floor as well. 

Every new resort room will include a fully equipped kitchen, a screened private balcony, and tile flooring in the entire unit. Community features in the new resort will include a pool, boardwalk access to the beach, laundry facilities, and a rooftop terrace. 

The Latest Safety Building Codes Will Be Included

The owners of the resort have a dedicated focus on retaining the Sanibel small resort charm the Shalimar always held but will be using the newest storm building codes. The construction of the resort will start with 559 piles drilled deep into the terrain to help support concrete structures to stand up to the strongest winds. The construction company is projecting the Shalimar to be open for business on Sanibel in the fall of 2025. 

The State of Sanibel Island Resorts

Currently, the resorts of Sanibel Island are making a slow and steady comeback for reopening since the hurricane. Many people are excited to see the Shalimar officially underway to reopening. Only about 20% of Sanibel's resorts are up and operating currently on the island since the hurricane. 

John Lai, the president of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce shares this information about Sanibel Island resorts:

"We're at 21% if you look at both Sanibel and Captiva right now. So we are on pace to hit 25% by the end of this year."

Sanibel is making a strong recovery and several area businesses are back up and running since the Hurricane with more opening every month on the island. There is still a ways to go before the island is running at 100% and better than before the storm. Still Sanibel retains its charm and warmth of community and will always be one of the most beautiful islands in Florida. 

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