Shalimar Cottages & Motel to be rebuilt on Sanibel Island

Author: David Dorsey, Gulfshore Business
Published: Updated:

Sean Niesel, raised in Washington state, grew up vacationing at the Sanibel motel his grandparents once owned.  

When Hurricane Ian destroyed all 33 rooms at Shalimar Cottages & Motel on Sept. 28, Niesel didn’t take long to decide on rebuilding on the 4-acre site at 2823 West Gulf Drive that fronts the Gulf of Mexico.  

“I just think it’s a beautiful parcel,” Niesel said. “We have four acres on West Gulf Beach, and we’re family owned. I want this to go to my kids and their kids and for this to stay in the family for generations.”  

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