The Latest on Sanibel Re-building and Recovery

The Latest on Sanibel Re-building and RecoverySanibel Island was hit very hard by Hurricane Ian in September 2022. Since then Sanibel has been resilient in its recovery efforts but some areas that were hit the hardest are still being worked on. Some local businesses still have yet to open up as they saw total destruction of their buildings. Some of the beaches are still in recovery as well as iconic landmarks of the island that were historical and need careful attention.

Every once in a while we like to give an update on what is happening with Sanibel Island as it is an often-asked question for many people. We believe it is good to help inform both year-round and part-time residents of Sanibel as to what is going on around the island and what businesses are coming back. It also helps potential Sanibel homebuyers get to know just how special Sanibel is and the development plans happening all around the island.

The Latest in Sanibel Recovery and Re-openings

The Iconic Sanibel Lighthouse and Surrounding Beachfront

The historic Sanibel Lighthouse lost one of its legs and took a significant beating from Ian but it remained standing. The city has been making efforts to restore the lighthouse to its full glory. Recently scaffolding was set up all around the lighthouse for more restoration efforts. There is now even more and the lighthouse is fully covered to provide protection as it is cleaned, sandblasted, and then painted. 

The beach around the lighthouse is also getting a makeover with several truckloads of sand being brought in to rebuild the shoreline after storm surge washed significant amounts of sand away. 

The Shell Museum

As of March 1, the Shell Museum is open to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The museum is not completely finished in its new facelift so admission is discounted currently. A portion of the museum was open previously now the museum can offer access to the aquariums, Keeper Chats in the museum, touch pool tanks, and a mobile activity cart in addition to lectures, fieldwork, classes, research, and programs for K-12 students. There is continuing work on the second floor of the museum which is expected to finish in late Spring or early Summer.

The Suncatchers Dream Store

A unique boutique shop on Sanibel Island that was located in the Olde Sanibel Shoppes Center will host its grand reopening Thursday and Friday before Easter weekend. Suncatchers Dream was completely destroyed in the storm and finally ready to reopen for business. On March 28th and 29th from 9 am to 1 pm come visit the grand reopening. The store will be full of books, unique island gifts, cards, and a special guest rep from Dune Jewelry with some unique pieces made out of sand from Sanibel Island.  Suncatchers Dream is located at 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. 

Homes and Real Estate

Sanibel Island is technically a seller's market with a home inventory above a six-month supply. The homes on Sanibel Island offer a very wide range of sizes, types, and overall conditions. Some homes look like brand new construction both inside and out offering fully furnished professionally decorated interiors while some homes have not been touched since the hurricane damaged them. Buyers have a chance to own a home in its best condition ever, or purchase a property at a bargain and bring it back to life making it into their personal dream Sanibel property. 

If you are interested in available Sanibel Island properties I am here to help. I am a top-producing and award-winning realtor on Sanibel Island, I'm here to help you find just the right Sanibel home. Contact me with any Sanibel real estate needs, both for purchasing and selling homes. 

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