Here is the most recent update for Captiva Community Pane;

We wish to update the Captiva community on new developments affecting Captiva since the March 19 email. Most of these developments have been in the news, but it is probably useful to list the Emergency Orders that now affect our island.

  • Sanibel has closed its paid parking facilities at the beaches that the City controls.
  • Lee County closed its Beach Parks and Beach Accesses – including Turner Beach Park, Alison Hagerup Beach Park and Andy Rosse Lane. CEPD has worked with the County to monitor and place the appropriate signage.
  • Chief Jeff Pawul is prepared for coronavirus cases on Captiva should they arise. The Fire District has procedures and protocols in place to handle such a situation.
  • All restaurants were initially ordered by the Governor to reduce tables to 50% of capacity, and to limit groups to no larger than 10 people. On March 20, the Governor ordered all restaurants to close on-premises service. However, restaurants may operate for delivery or take-out services. The order does not prohibit retail stores from selling sealed containers of alcoholic beverage for off-premise consumption.
  • The Captiva Library, the Captiva Civic Association and the Yacht Club have closed. The Yacht Club offers takeout food to its members within proper social distancing rules.
  • Yolo has closed its on-the-beach sales operation at the Andy Rose Lane beach entrance.
  • On March 20, the Governor ordered that all medical facilities cannot provide medically unnecessary, elective, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries. This order includes dentists.
  • On March 24, the Governor directed that all persons who fly to Florida from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut must quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days from the time of arrival into Florida, or the duration of their stay in Florida, whichever is shorter. (This order now includes anyone traveling from the New York area in the last 3 weeks). All persons quarantined shall be responsible for all costs associated with the quarantine, including transportation, lodging, food and medical care. The order is enforceable by law enforcement and violations are punishable by fines, imprisonment or both.
  • On March 24, the Governor also issued a health advisory recommending all individuals 65 or older stay home for the next 14 days. This advisory also applies to anyone with health conditions such as asthma, lung disease, and severe obesity.
At this juncture, matters seem relatively quiet on Captiva – with many residents staying inside and avoiding groups of people. We have been in touch with the office of our County Commissioner on a regular basis. Commissioner Manning’s office has been very helpful.
At this time, there seems to be no immediate need for an emergency meeting of the Panel. If any Panel member feels otherwise, please let us know via email. We will place a version of this update on the Panel’s website and at the Post Office. Otherwise, please continue to be safe.
David Mintz, president
Captiva Community Panel