Pine Island curfew rescinded; recovery continues

Author: Rodaris Richardson, WINK News Writer: Melissa Montoya
Published: Updated:
An area on Pine Island that suffered considerable damages from the storm. (CREDIT: WINK News)

On Wednesday morning, Lee County rescinded its curfew for Pine Island, leaving only one remaining community in unincorporated Lee County with a curfew.

The county says Captiva and Sanibel Island will remain under the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew until further notice.

On Pine Island, people need help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

They are doing everything they can to move forward.

There are still massive piles of debris and damaged roofs.

Jim Beyer said he is grateful to be alive despite losing it all.

“I got a new fancy Jayco camper,” Beyer said. “Not much to look at but she’s got A/C.”

While Beyer lives out of his camper, his neighbor is living out of a tent.

“Water in the back house came up to about my shoulder, there’s a line on the wall. So in here, it went over the cabinet’s inside of here, whatever, we got a temporary structure set up camping in a tent. You can see here, it just blew. Everything blew right through here. It’s when the winds came through. It just obviously funneled right through the whole property and push boats and stuff,” Beyer said. “My neighbor’s boat was hanging off in stock and my big boat went blew cross the canal. So you could definitely see where the surge went by the height,” Beyer said.

Luckily, he was able to evacuate to his mother’s home where he had food and shelter.

He said it was tough knowing Saint James City was getting hit hard before coming back home.

Lisa and Joe Chamberlin say it breaks their hearts driving around seeing their neighborhood in these conditions.

“Nothing has ever been this bad. This neighborhood was a fishing village 70 years ago and these are original trailers most of these from this neighborhoods and now it’s this,” Lisa said.

The two said the hardest part of the storm is the aftermath.

“We still need a lot of help here everybody’s left now and everybody thinks we’re all fine? We’re not fine. Now is the time that it sinks in for most of these people that lost everything. A lot of them are renters a lot of them didn’t have insurance and FEMA is not being much help,” Lisa said.

James said regardless of his situation, Saint James City is his home and he’s not going anywhere.

“People were gonna live with this for a long time. It’s not going to be next month or three months. It’s gonna be years of recovery from us. So keep that in mind when other people are outside of this area. Support the people. That’s what they need,” he said.


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