Sanibel has a total of 47 COVID-19 cases since the first case was reported in March, according to a report released Wednesday, Sept. 9, by the Florida Department of Health. That is up from 41 cases at the end of August and represents 0.2 percent of the 18,945 accumulative cases in Lee County.
The island has been under a declared state of emergency since March 18, as a result of the pandemic, and Mayor Kevin Ruane extended the declaration to Sept. 15. The maximum duration for a mayoral declaration is seven days, which means it must be updated weekly as long as the emergency conditions are present.
The city has extended temporary prohibitions on alcohol on the beaches, increased parking fines and allowance for certain outdoor displays of merchandise to Nov. 30. These measures have been taken to stop the spread of the virus.
The temporary increase in the fine for illegal parking on Sanibel remains at $200 to prevent overcrowding of beach parking lots and around the areas of beach parking access points.
The prohibition on possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverages is in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days per week at all city-operated beaches and any associated parks or picnic areas with paid public parking. That includes Bowman’s Beach, Blind Pass, Gulfside City Park (Algiers), Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier and Trost parking lot, as well as the northern end of Bailey Road and picnic areas at the Sanibel Boat Ramp.