The 2016 purple (residential) and tan (commercial) hurricane reentry passes remain effective for the 2019 hurricane season. Photo provided
The 2016 purple (residential) and tan (commercial) hurricane reentry passes remain effective for the 2019 hurricane season. Photo provided

The Sanibel Police Department reminds citizens hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin began June 1 and to make sure they have a hurricane reentry pass in the event of an evacuation. The 2016 purple (residential) and tan (commercial) passes remain effective.

The Hurricane Reentry Pass Program is part of the City of Sanibel’s goal to return residents, property and business owners back to the island as quickly and safely as possible after an evacuation. During reentry, it is required the pass be displayed from the vehicle’s rearview mirror with the ‘front’ facing forward and the ‘back’ facing the driver.

A driver’s license with a physical Sanibel or Captiva address (no post office box) will be accepted, but a properly displayed pass will significantly expedite reentry, according to the city’s website. There is a limit to the number of passes issued to each residential address, but it does not limit the number of passengers in a vehicle upon reentry.

For those who do not have a hurricane reentry pass, an application must be completed with required documentation and returned to the police department; faxed to Sanibel Emergency Management at 239-472-6555; emailed to emergency.management@mysanibel.com or mailed to Sanibel Police Department, c/o Emergency Management, 800 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957. Applications are available online at mysanibel.com.

While a storm can occur at any time, the busiest part of hurricane season is from mid-August to mid-October. It ends Nov. 30.