Residents able to use vehicles left on Sanibel, no gas to refuel

Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Hurricane Ian damage on Sanibel Island. (Credit: City of Sanibel)

The City of Sanibel provided another daily update on the recovery process on the island and what residents can expect in the coming week.

City Manager Dana Souza said residents with vehicles on the island that still work could be used on the island. He said they would not allow any new resident vehicles on the island.

While the speed limit on many roads is 30 miles per hour, the city wants residents to remember that there will be many people walking and on bikes and recommend you drive carefully.

The city says 100% of the roads have been cleared, and they are working to push debris further off the road to make them easier to pass.

The city says there is also no gas available on the island to refuel vehicles.

Souza clarified a rumor that the fire department is shutting off residents’ generators. He said the fire department would only shut off a generator if it is used in an unsafe manner. The city still recommends limited use due to minimal fire service.

The fire department will begin 24-hour service at two stations on the island starting on Tuesday. Alongside them, EMS will also increase its service on the island on Tuesday.

The city says it will discuss relaxing the 7 to 7 curfew in place later this week, but for now, that curfew remains.

Regarding the restoration of city services, the city said LCEC would have 50 trucks and 500 workers on the island on Sunday. LCEC will also set up a command center on the island while it works to restore power.

You can watch the city’s update by clicking here or in the post below.

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