The Sanibel Public Library is Now Open after Hurricane Ian

The Sanibel Public Library is Now Open after Hurricane Ian

I am so excited to announce that the Sanibel public library is now open after Ian! It reopened to residents on December 1, 2022, for a very nice gift for the holidays!


Here is the update from the Sanibel Library:

The Library reopened to the public today, wonderful to see so many smiling faces!

Patrons used the WiFi for remote work, borrowed & returned books, and shared their hurricane stories.

The Library will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Curbside Pickup Service will continue throughout the month of December, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To use the service, place your items on hold, you will be contacted with the day or time to pick up.

The drive-up book drop located in the parking garage on the west side, is open for returns.

Sanibel library open after Ian

Sanibel Library opening the day after Hurricane Ian


Stay Updated on the Sanibel Public Library

For news and updates on the Sanibel Public Library, check their website HERE and their Facebook page HERE.

#SanibelStrong


Sanibel Public Library Location & Contact Info


Sanibel Public Library

770 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-2483

notices@sanlib.org

sanlib.org


Is the Captiva Memorial Library open after Ian?

 The Captiva Memorial Library is currently still closed after Ian.

This is their latest update on their website:

Before Hurricane Ian, the Captiva Memorial Library was closed for a flooring renovation. This project needs to be completed before the library will reopen.

You can check back for updates on their site HERE.

Captiva Memorial Library

11560 Chapin Lane 
Captiva, FL 33924

239-533-4890 Voice 


Help Support Sanibel Recovery Efforts

Sanibel Island is special in our hearts as well as many others, who are heartbroken over the devastation that Hurricane Ian brought this friendly little island in SW Florida.

Living in southwest Florida ourselves, and Sanibel being our "home away from home," we wanted a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian to rebuild and come back stronger and more beautiful than ever, so that families can continue to be able to create wonderful lifelong memories in this little slice of paradise.

$5 of every shirt purchased will go towards SW Florida relief efforts at: F.I.S.H. of SanCap and  Sanibel businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Click HERE to purchase. 💜 Thank you!

Sanibel beautiful strong loved shirt


Sanibel Online Shopping Directory

Help support Sanibel in its recovery efforts as well as  Sanibel businesses by shopping from the Sanibel Online Shopping Directory! Some businesses may also have ways you can donate to help them rebuild and to support their employees who were affected by the hurricane as well.

What a great way to show love to your favorite island! ❤️‍🩹

How is Captiva Chapel by the Sea after Hurricane Ian?

How is Captiva Chapel by the Sea after Hurricane Ian?

Miraculously, the beautiful historic Chapel by the Sea on Captiva Island still stands after the devastation of Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022.

 However, the structure and property did sustain some damage that will be repaired in the coming weeks and months. This damage includes some significant issues with the Chapel’s belfry, flooring and the Cemetery’s fencing and vegetation.
 

Captiva Chapel by the Sea Hurricane Ian Damage (Video)

Captiva Chapel by the Sea Cemetery after Ian (Photos)

captiva chapel by the sea hurricane Ian

Photo credit: Captain Brian Holaway

captiva chapel by the sea hurricane Ian

Photo credit: Captain Brian Holaway

captiva chapel by the sea hurricane Ian

Photo credit: Captain Brian Holaway

Captiva Chapel by the Sea Cemetery after Ian (Video)

Beautiful Chapel of the Sea Christmas Lights Before Ian

I had to include these beautiful photos of the Christmas lights of the Chapel of the Sea last year (2021) prior to Hurricane Ian. So charming! Looking forward to the day when we can enjoy these once again!

Captiva Chapel by the Sea Christmas lights

Photo credit: Angela Swider

Captiva Chapel by the Sea Christmas lights

Photo credit: Angela Swider

Captiva Chapel by the Sea Christmas lights

Photo credit: Angela Swider

Update: Chapel by the Sea will be Reopening!

January 2, 2023 UPDATE from Chapel by the Sea's Facebook page:

"It warms our hearts to share that starting Sunday, January 29th, Reverend Larry Marshall will be returning to Captiva for live, in-person services. Due to ongoing repairs to the chapel, services will be held in the Chapel Yard."

Online Worship Services

You can worship with Chapel by the Sea every Sunday morning at 11am Eastern time on their YouTube channel HERE.

Support Captiva Chapel by the Sea

The church's repair costs are being assessed by professionals but preliminary estimates are appearing to be costs in excess of $200,000.
 
They appreciate anything you can do to support their recovery.

To donate to The Chapel by the Sea, click the button below, or send a check to:

 Chapel by the Sea
 PO Box 118

Captiva, FL 33924
 

Stay Updated on Chapel by the Sea's Reconstruction Process

You can stay updated on how the Chapel by the Sea is recovering from Ian on their website HERE or their Facebook page HERE.

11580 Chapin Ln, Captiva, FL

CaptivaChapel@gmail.com

captivachapel.com

Captiva Memorial Library after Ian

I am looking into information about how the Captiva Library fared through Hurricane Ian. So far, this is what they have posted on their website:

Before Hurricane Ian, the Captiva Memorial Library was closed for a flooring renovation. This project needs to be completed before the library will reopen.

You can check back for updates on their site HERE.

Captiva Memorial Library

11560 Chapin Lane
Captiva, FL 33924

239-533-4890 Voice 


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Sanibel Island Volunteer & Giving Opportunities

Sanibel Island Volunteer & Giving Opportunities

After Sanibel & Captiva Islands were devastated by Hurricane Ian, many of you have been wondering how you can help. 

I decided to start compiling a list of volunteer and donation opportunities so we can all help beautiful Sanibel and its residents recover.  This is just a start, but I wanted to get it out there and will be adding to it as I hear of more volunteer opportunities. You can also stay updated by checking their websites and following their Facebook pages, as I'm sure volunteer opportunities will be constantly changing.

Please let me know if you know of more Sanibel volunteer opportunities! Thank you!

#SanibelStrong

F.I.S.H. of SanCap

F.I.S.H. is a human services organization focused on 'neighbors helping neighbors' with a vision to create communities where all people have the support they need to thrive. Their mission is to enrich the lives of all people in Sanibel and Captiva Islands by neighbors helping neighbors with social services, education and assistance.

To learn how you can volunteer for hurricane relief efforts, please reach out to Kim Ouellette their operations and volunteer manager at 239-472-4775 or Kim@fishofsancap.org.

For news & updates, follow F.I.S.H. on Facebook HERE

2430 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

http://fishofsancap.org/

FISH of sancap sanibel Florida volunteer

Thanksgiving dinner hosted by F.I.S.H.

As a result of Hurricane Ian, CHR residents lost everything, are now homeless and without jobs. If you’re in a position to provide support, please consider donating and all funds received will be used to help CHR residents with housing and essentials during this time. Thank you!

CROW - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.

Each year, CROW cares for more than 5,000 wildlife patients including more than 200 species of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in its veterinary hospital, which is one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities for native and migratory wildlife.

Volunteers are the cornerstone of CROW and each year more than 200 volunteers dedicate thousands of hours helping rescue, care for and rehabilitate wildlife. 

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at CROW, click HERE.

Stay updated about CROW on their Facebook page HERE.

3883 Sanibel-Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-3644

email: info@crowclinic.org

crowclinic.org

Shop the CROW ‘Wild’ Holiday Gift Guide for the perfect present! 100% of proceeds from their online store directly benefit patient care and rehabilitation at their clinic!

https://crow-clinic-gift-shop.mybigcommerce.com/

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for spectacular migratory bird populations. The refuge was established in 1945 to safeguard and enhance the wildlife habitat of Sanibel Island, to protect endangered and threatened species, and to provide feeding, nesting, and roosting areas for migratory birds. In 1967, the refuge was renamed for conservation pioneer Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, who was instrumental in its founding. More than 40 percent of the refuge is Congressionally designated wilderness.

You can learn more about Ding Darling on their website HERE.

You can learn more about volunteer opportunities at Ding Darling HERE. (Note: many of the opportunities may not be available yet after Ian.)

1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-1100

dingdarling@fws.gov

fws.gov/dingdarling

To learn more about how Ding Darling wildlife sanctuary fared during Hurricane Ian, check out my post How is Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge after Hurricane Ian? (Photos)

To donate to Ding Darling, click the button below:

Shop the Ding Darling gift shop! 100% of the proceeds go to support the refuge.

Ding Darling Wildlife Society - Friends of the Refuge

Ding Darling Wildlife Society - Friends of the Refuge is a great organization to join to help support the refuge and its recovery efforts. 

You can follow their news & updates on Facebook HERE and learn more about how you can get involved on the website here: dingdarlingsociety.org

SCCF (Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation)

Founded in 1967, SCCF's mission is to protect and care for Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems through their focus on Water Quality Research, Policy and Advocacy, Sea Turtles and Shorebirds, Native Landscaping, Habitat and Wildlife Management, and Environmental Education.

They are the largest private landowner on Sanibel Island, managing more than 1,200 acres on Sanibel plus more than 600 additional acres on surrounding islands. They have more than eight miles of nature trails at preserves throughout the island.

 Over the last 53 years, SCCF's diverse program areas have grown to include the Native Landscapes & Garden CenterWildlife & Habitat ManagementSea Turtle & Shorebird Research and Monitoring, Environmental Policy, a Marine Laboratory, and the Sanibel Sea School

You can learn more about SSCF and how you can get involved, on their website HERE.

You can stay updated on their hurricane recovery progress and on volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page HERE.


Sanibel lighthouse Ian SCCF

Your gift will aid SCCF in getting back to their work monitoring shorebirds and sea turtles, advocating for sound environmental policy, researching water quality, managing over 2,000 acres of protected land, and more.

3333 Sanibel - Captiva Rd.
Sanibel, FL 33957

website: https://www.sccf.org
email: sccf@sccf.org

Support Sanibel Recovery Efforts

Sanibel Island is special in our hearts as well as many others, who are heartbroken over the devastation that Hurricane Ian brought this friendly little island in SW Florida.

Living in southwest Florida ourselves, and Sanibel being our "home away from home," we wanted a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian to rebuild and come back stronger and more beautiful than ever, so that families can continue to be able to create wonderful lifelong memories in this little slice of paradise.

$5 of every shirt purchased will go towards SW Florida relief efforts at: F.I.S.H. of SanCap and  Sanibel businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Click HERE to purchase. 💜 Thank you!

Sanibel beautiful strong loved shirt
[Dear Paula, Keith & Coastal Conservatory]

On behalf of FISH of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc., thank you for your donation!  The road to recovery for our islands is going to be lengthy, but we're so grateful to you for your support that allows us to continue our work.  

Maggie Goldsmith

Marketing & Grants

FISH OF SANCAP

Sanibel Online Shopping Directory

Help support Sanibel in its recovery efforts as well as  Sanibel businesses by shopping from the Sanibel Online Shopping Directory! Some businesses may also have ways you can donate to help them rebuild and to support their employees who were affected by the hurricane as well.

What a great way to show love to your favorite island! ❤️‍🩹

We are just like you. We love Sanibel Island. We have vacationed, lived, done business on and played on the island. We understand the uniqueness of the way of life Sanibel fosters. We are hurting too and want to help. We have come together from all around the country (and world!) because, together, we are #SanibelStrong.

We are boots on the ground, we are generous volunteers and donors. We are businesses caring about businesses. We are a Sanibel Family. We come from all walks of life but one thing is certain -- we have loved the beaches of Sanibel, we have felt the special island spirit, we have shopped at Jerry's and eaten at the Lazy Flamingo.

Sanibel Strong, Inc., is a grass roots public charity with 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS and is a registered Florida not for profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.

https://www.sanibelstrong.community/

Sanibel Strong hurricane relief

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100% OF NET PROCEEDS HELP SANIBEL ISLAND RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES & WILDLIFE RECOVER FROM HURRICANE IAN

Know of More Volunteer Opportunities?

Just comment below or let me know the details HERE. Thank you! 
#SanibelStrong

Signs of HOPE on Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian (in Photos)

Signs of HOPE on Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian (in Photos)

Hurricane Ian was no match for the residents of Sanibel. They are showing their strength, resiliency, and HOPE through the SIGNS they leave. 

Sanibel is slowly recovering from Ian due to the love of its people. It will return, and stronger and more beautiful than ever. 

Enjoy these signs of HOPE  from Sanibel! Looking forward to the day when we all can return to this beautiful island paradise.

sanibel Ian recovery American flag

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Island Hurricane Ian sign

Photo credit: Angelika Geerlof

Sanibel Island Hurricane Ian sign

Photo credit: Angelika Geerlof

Ian sanibel sign
lazy flamingo barrier island sign Ian

Photo credit: Gene Taylor

Sanibel sign Ian
Sanibel sign Ian
signs of hope Ian Sanibel island

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

thankful sign Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Island Hurricane Ian sign

Photo credit: Angelika Geerlof

cross fence post Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Signs of LIFE on Sanibel

If you enjoyed this post, check out my post Signs of LIFE on Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian to see all the beautiful plant and animal wildlife that are thriving and making their comeback after Ian!

Beautiful Photography Credit

A big thank you to the Sanibel residents who shared their hope-filled  photos of the post-Ian signs on Sanibel.

Many of these photos were taken by Sanibel artist Angelika Geerlof. You can see more of her work on her Sanibel Moodscapes Facebook page HERE and her website HERE. Many of her photographs are available for purchase on canvas, mouse pads, tote bags, calendars, Christmas ornaments and more.

You can also read her first-hand account of surviving through the horrors of Ian at Surviving Hurricane Ian (Sanibel Survivor Story)

Sanibel signs after Ian Angelika Geerlof tote bag

Sanibel Hurricane Ian signs Tote Bag by Angelika Geerlof

Share your Stories, Photos, Updates about your Sanibel Business, & Volunteer Opportunities

If you have a personal story about the hurricane, and/or photos or videos of the damage and recovery efforts that you'd like to share on this site, please submit them HERE. I would also like to know about volunteer opportunities so I can share them with others. 
If you have a business on SanCap, we would also love to stay updated on your recovery progress. Just let us know HERE!

Sanibel Online Shopping Directory

Help support Sanibel in its recovery efforts as well as  Sanibel businesses by shopping from the Sanibel Online Shopping Directory! What a great way to show love to your favorite island! ❤️‍🩹

Signs of LIFE on Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian

Signs of LIFE on Sanibel Island after Hurricane Ian

Sanibel Island was decimated when strong winds and a deadly 18' high storm surge from Hurricane Ian came rushing over and swallowing up the island on September 28, 2022.  But God made nature incredibly resilient, and both the island wildlife and the people who live there are strong and holding onto hope.

Seven weeks later, signs of LIFE are springing up in this beautiful and beloved tropical paradise. Enjoy these photos of the recovery of the plant and animal life on Sanibel after Ian. May it give you hope as well! ♥️

Signs of Plant Life & Vegetation on Sanibel after Ian

Yes, the vegetation is greening up, plants and flowers are budding, and signs of life are popping out everywhere!

Sanibel signs of life Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

sanibel Ian recovery plants

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

banana trees sanibel recovery Ian

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

sanibel Ian recovery vegetation

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Sandy Harbor

sanibel vegetation after Ian

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

sanibel vegetation after Ian

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

The bold color of hope...beautiful hibiscus at Sanibel Moorings 🧡

sanibel hibiscus after Ian

Photo credit: Sanibel Moorings

As Sanibel resident Mark Heiman remarked,

"For the first 4 or 5 weeks after Ian, we didn’t see or hear any signs of life on the island. There weren’t even mosquitoes or noseums. For the last couple of weeks we are seeing a transformation. The island is greening up, we are hearing and seeing birds, mourning doves, cardinals, woodpeckers, pelicans, Osprey, and Ibis. We have seen raccoons, iguanas, and manatees. And the mosquitoes and noseums are back with a vengeance."

Signs of Wildlife on Sanibel after Ian

I love all of these beautiful photos of the animals and birds on Sanibel that are thriving after Ian!

Iguanas

iguana sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

sanibel recovery iguana

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

Crocodile

Resident Gene Taylor spotted this crocodile at the Sanibel Island Golf Club...look at those teeth!

alligator after Ian sanibel golf course

Photo credit: Gene Taylor

Majestic Osprey

osprey Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

osprey Sanibel Ian recovery

Photo credit: Mark J. Heiman

I hope these Sanibel photos brought a smile to your day. You can see more beautiful post-hurricane wildlife photos and videos on my post How is Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge after Hurricane Ian? 

Please share with someone who would love to see these beautiful signs of life as well.

Hope abounds, and life is springing up everywhere on Sanibel! ♥️

Beautiful Photography Credit

A big thank you to the Sanibel residents who shared their beautiful photos of the post-Ian wildlife on Sanibel.

Many of these stunning wildlife photos were taken by Sanibel artist Angelika Geerlof. You can see more of her work on her Sanibel Moodscapes Facebook page HERE and her website HERE. Many of her photographs are available for purchase on canvas, mouse pads, tote bags, calendars, Christmas ornaments and more.

Support a local Sanibel artist this Christmas! ☺️

Share your Stories, Photos, Updates about your Sanibel Business, & Volunteer Opportunities

If you have a personal story about the hurricane, and/or photos or videos of the damage and recovery efforts that you'd like to share on this site, please submit them HERE. I would also like to know about volunteer opportunities so I can share them with others. 
If you have a business on SanCap, we would also love to stay updated on your recovery progress. Just let us know HERE!

Sanibel Online Shopping Directory

Help support Sanibel in its recovery efforts as well as  Sanibel businesses by shopping from the Sanibel Online Shopping Directory! What a great way to show love to your favorite island! ❤️‍🩹

What Restaurants are Open on Sanibel after Hurricane Ian?

What Restaurants are Open on Sanibel after Hurricane Ian?

Hurricane Ian and its horrific storm surge severely damaged the entire island of Sanibel, and the restaurants were no exception. The great news is that many are working hard to rebuild and come back better than ever!

One by one, the restaurants are reopening.  Some, of course, will take longer than others. Currently,  the ones that have reopened are only open to Sanibel residents and recovery workers (you need a hurricane pass to cross the causeway until Jan. 2, 2023, when the Sanibel causeway will be open to the public), but I'm looking forward to the day when we all can dine at our favorite island places once again!

Sanibel & Captiva Restaurants that have Reopened Since Hurricane Ian

1. Traders Restaurant

I was so excited when I heard that Trader's had reopened! The staff is so friendly, and the lobster ravioli is to die for!

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-7242

www.traderssanibel.com

traders sanibel lobster ravioli scallops

2. Jerry's Deli, Café, and Coquina Coffee

The Deli, Café, and Coquina Coffee at Jerry's Supermarket are open  from 7am - 2pm daily.  Check out How is Jerry’s Foods Grocery Store after Hurricane Ian? to read more about Jerry's recovery.

1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-9300

https://www.jerrysofsanibel.com

cinnamon rolls Jerry's foods Sanibel

3. Cielo

Cielo is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm serving a limited menu.

1244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-5555

Cielo sanibel Ian
Cielo sanibel Ian

4. Gramma Dot's

 Update: As of February 15, 2024, Gramma Dot's is now open!
Gramma Dot’s has been running for over three decades and is now open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

634 North Yachtsmen Drive, Sanibel, FL

https://www.sanibelmarina.com

gramma dots sanibel

5. Captiva Island Pizza

Captiva Island Pizza is open 11:00 -3:00 Monday - Thursday and 11:00 - 8:00 Friday and Saturday.

11513 Andy Rosse Ln, Captiva, FL
(239) 395-0823

http://www.captivaislandpizza.com

captiva island pizza Ian

6. The Sanibel Grill

The Sanibel Grill is now open Thursday - Sunday, noon to 6pm!

Stay updated by following their Facebook page HERE.

703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-4453
feedback1@prawnbroker.com
thesanibelgrill.com

the sanibel grill open after Ian

7. Sanibel Deli

The Sanibel Deli is now open!

You can follow their updates on their Facebook page HERE.

2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-2555

sanibeldeli.com

Sanibel deli open Ian
Sanibel deli open after Ian

8. Old Captiva House at Tween Waters

The Old Captiva House restaurant is now open!
15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924
https://www.oldcaptivahouse.com

the old Captiva house restaurant Ian

9. Island Pizza Sanibel

Island Pizza, a fun family pizza place on Sanibel, has a target reopening date of Jan. 1, 2023.

But they’ve fired up the smoker and have been offering BBQ since December 16! 

You can stay updated on their progress on their Facebook page HERE.

1619 Periwinkle WaySanibel, FL 33957

+1 239-472-1581

islandpizzasanibel@yahoo.com

islandpizzasanibel.com

Island Pizza Sanibel Ian

Island Pizza Sanibel

Island Pizza sanibel BBQ

Island Pizza Sanibel BBQ

10. The Shack of Sanibel

Sanibel's Fresh Frozen Custard Shack -- serving fresh frozen custard dessert treats, is now open!

You can stay updated about The Shack of Sanibel on their Facebook page HERE.

1219 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957

The Shack of Sanibel custard open after Ian

The Shack of Sanibel custard - open after Ian!

Sanibel Lighthouse hair clip

and other cute beach hair accessories!

Click below to learn about the lighthouse hair clip named in honor of the steadfast Sanibel lighthouse that withstood the winds & waves of Hurricane Ian! #SanibelStrong

Sanibel lighthouse hair clip beach accessories

Multiple sizes to fit all types of hair, from baby-fine to super-thick!

sanibel lighthouse hair clips

11. Mud Bugs Cajun Kitchen

Mud Bugs Sanibel at night open after Ian

Mud Bugs Cajun Kitchen is open!

Initial hours are 11 am to 7 pm. Live music daily starting at 3pm.

Happiest of Happy Hour specials including a “special hurricane”!

1473 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-2221
mudbugssanibel@gmail.com
https://www.mudbugssanibel.com

Mudbugs restaurant Sanibel Ian

Mudbugs cleanup after Ian

Mud bugs Cajun kitchen open sanibel after ian

12. Blue Giraffe Sanibel

The Blue Giraffe now has a food trailer open at:
 Periwinkle Place Shops
2075 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

No reopening date for their restaurant yet, but the Blue Giraffe on Sanibel has been working hard to be able to welcome guests once again!

You can stay updated on their progress on their Facebook page HERE.

2075 Periwinkle Way #14, Sanibel, FL

+1 239-472-2525

contact@bluegirafferestaurant.com

BlueGiraffeRestaurant.com

Blue Giraffe Sanibel after ian food truck open

13. Huxter's Food Truck

1203 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

14. Cantina Captiva Food Truck

14970 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

15. Tutti Pazzi Sanibel

Tutti Pazzi opened on January 15!
11 AM - 7:30 PM Wednesday through Monday

Tutti Pazzi open after Ian Sanibel

Tutti Pazzi Sanibel  - photo credit Mary Jean Hays

16. The Mucky Duck Captiva

As of January 25, 2023, the Mucky Duck is Open!

11546 Andy Rosse Ln

Captiva, FL

(239) 472-3434

http://www.muckyduck.com/
muckyduckcaptiva@comcast.net

You can read more about how Mucky Duck fared during Ian at How is Mucky Duck after Hurricane Ian?

17. Great White Grill

As of January 25, 2023, The Great White Grill is open!

You can stay updated on their Facebook page HERE.

2440 Palm Ridge Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-0212

https://greatwhitegrill.com

great white grill sanibel pizza

18. Sweet Melissa's

Sweet Melissa's has a Pop-up every Thursday and Friday at Island Pizza!

1619 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

19. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille

Although the Captiva Doc Fords location will not be reopening, as of February 17, the Sanibel Doc Fords location is open!

To learn more about Doc Ford's hurricane damage and to stay updated on their recovery, check out their website page HERE.

2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-8311

seafood paella doc fords sanibel

Doc Ford's Seafood Paella

deep water mahi mahi doc fords sanibel

Doc Ford's Deep Water Mahi Mahi

20. The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market

Timbers Restaurant is now open 5-8:30pm daily!

The Fish Market at the Timbers is open 1-7pm daily and 2 pm on Sundays.

703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-3128
timberssanibelgrill@gmail.com
timbersofsanibel.com

Timbers Restaurant Sanibel island florida

21. Rosalita's Cantina Sanibel

New Sanibel Tex-Mex location! Rosalita’s offers a full menu of both food and drinks. Try their signature table-side guacamole made right in front of you with  nachos piled high. They have a full array of classic Mexican dishes, more modern specialties and specialty margaritas. 

975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel, FL
+1 239-955-7673
Rosalitassanibel@gmail.com
rosalitascantina.com

Rosalita's Cantina Sanibel Mexican

22. Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro & Wine Bar Sanibel

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

http://bleurendezvous.com/

+1 239-565-1608

Bleu Rendezvous French bistro & wine bar Sanibel Island

23. The Shipyard at 'Tween Waters Captiva

The Shipyard is a brand new Gulf-view restaurant next to The Old Captiva House at 'Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa.  Its grand opening was on May 15, 2023. Be sure to check it out while visiting Captiva!

BREAKFAST 7.30 AM – 11 AM | LUNCH 11.30 AM – 2 PM | LITE BITES 2 PM – 5 PM | DINNER 5 PM – 10 PM

15951 Captiva Drive
Captiva, Florida 33924

239.472.5161
https://shipyardcaptiva.com

The Shipyard at Tween Waters Captiva

24. RC Otter's Captiva

As of June 17, 2023, RC Otter's on Captiva is open!

Live music daily with indoor and outdoor dining available.

11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL
https://rcotterscaptiva.com/

RC otter's captiva open 2023
rc otters captiva open after ian

25. The Crow's Nest Steakhouse

The Crow’s Nest Chophouse and whiskey bar had its grand opening on July 6, 2023.

It is in a stunning new location on top of the new Shipyard Restaurant at 'Tween Waters, for an unrivaled vantage point for watching the legendary sunsets over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

15951 Captiva Drive
Captiva, Florida 33924

239.472.5161
https://shipyardcaptiva.com

Crow's Nest Captiva Tween Waters

26. The Green Flash Restaurant Captiva

UDPATE: As of  September 22, 2023, The Green Flash Restaurant on Captiva is open!

15183 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL
+1 239-472-3337
greenflashcaptiva@gmail.com

greenflashcaptiva.com

Green Flash Restaurant re-opening after Ian

27. The Sanibel Cafe

UPDATE: As of February 9, 2024, The Sanibel Cafe is open 7 days a week!

Serving breakfast and lunch all day, every day, from 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 

2007 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
(239) 966-4017
thesanibelcafesanibelcafe.com

28. Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

UPDATE: As of February 13, 2024, Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream is open!

2075 Periwinkle Way #33
Periwinkle Place Shops
Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-6566
www.pinocchiosicecream.com

29. Lazy Flamingo Food Trailer

UDPATE: As of February 20, 2024, the Sanibel location of Lazy Flamingo has a food trailer open.

You can enjoy their famous grouper sandwich and other delightful menu items in their outdoor area with picnic tables with umbrellas. 

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30. Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant

UPDATE: As of April 2, 2024, Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant is OPEN!

From the Wickies' website:
"On this small island of Sanibel, two devastating events happened within two months of each other. A fire completely destroyed The Island Cow Restaurant in August of 2022 and Hurricane Ian wiped out The Mad Hatter Restaurant at the end of September.  These two tragic events left two friends wondering what their next moves will be while they wait to rebuild their iconic restaurants. Being idle isn't really their strong suit. That's when... Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant came to fruition!"

362 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-0011
info@wickieslighthouserestaurant.com
wickieslighthouserestaurant.com

Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant Sanibel

Sanibel Lighthouse Hair Clip

I'm so excited for the release of the new Sanibel lighthouse Flexi hair clip named in honor of the beautiful historic Sanibel Island lighthouse.

Despite devastation all around and losing a leg in the 13-15' storm surge during Hurricane Ian, the steadfast lighthouse remained standing.

It is now a symbol of hope for residents, visitors, and Sanibel-lovers everywhere! ❤️

Watch the video below to learn more about this beautiful new lighthouse clip, and learn 3 quick & easy hairstyles you can do with it, no matter how thick or thin your hair!

You can also purchase it HERE.

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What else is open on Sanibel?

There are many businesses, shops, services, activities, and accommodations on Sanibel & Captiva that have reopened since Ian.

Check out our post for the full list: What is Open on Sanibel?

Support Sanibel restaurants and shops

One way you can support the restaurants and shops of Sanibel until you can visit again is to shop through their online store! To see all the Sanibel and Captiva businesses that have online shops, check out my article Sanibel Island Online Shopping Directory (after Hurricane Ian)

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Keep me posted!

This is an on-going article that I hope to keep updated. If you hear of a Sanibel restaurant that has reopened or has set a date to reopen, please let me know in the comments below!  Thank you! 💜