Today marks the 11-month anniversary of when Hurricane Ian changed the lives of those on Sanibel Island forever. The size and scope of the storm were unprecedented. With 155 mph winds and up to a 12-foot storm surge, the island was left unrecognizable.
It has been a long road back — filled with an extensive list of hurdles from insurance companies, cleanup crews, lack of utilities, permitting, contractors, supply chain issues, et al — but we are delighted to report that we are making solid progress.
Eleven months later, it feels as though we’re picking up the pace, as well!
Sharing photos of our current roof replacement work, along with our efforts to rebuild the carport structure and storage units. Also underway, we’re working on soffits, stucco, entry doors, windows, sliders, lanais, and air conditioning. Big projects for this upcoming fall include elevators, stairways, and beach access pathways. Following another round of moisture testing, we hope that drywall will be completed by the end of the year, allowing owners to start customizing their units.
We still have a ways to go, but it feels great to be among the island accommodations who are making good progress. A handful of lodging establishments have re-opened, and the SanCap Chamber is reporting 75 restaurants and attractions that are now welcoming back visitors. For a complete list, click here.
Many of our guests-turned-dear-friends have come by to say “hello” while supporting those businesses that have re-opened. Andy was thrilled to be able to continue his tradition of taking an annual photo with Cheyenne M. from Decator, TX. Her awesome family has stayed with us at least twice a year for almost two decades. Her first photo with Andy was as a little one in August of 2008. She’s since grown into a remarkable young woman, now working as an equine therapist!
P.S. Today is Andy’s birthday! Please join us in wishing him the best — He is without a doubt “Mr. Ocean’s Reach” and no-one has worked harder these past eleven months to get our treasured resort back up and running!