Sanibel Strong Post Hurricane Ian

Sorry for the delay, as you know it was not another quiet sunny week on Sanibel.
Tuesday afternoon, the team and I evacuated to the East Coast where I remain today. Dave and Lisa drove back to their home in Ft Myers yesterday. They have minor damage and a generator so doing OK.
We so appreciate the many friends, family, and colleagues who have contacted us offering support.
Today, I finally heard from some friends who did not evacuate. They were rescued today. Those search and rescue operations are tedious for first responders with some roadway impassable, few working vehicles available on the islands, and waterways, in some cases, impassable. Some islanders have had to walk to the causeway boat ramp where they were boated to safety to a County rescue staging area in Cape Coral.
A Facebook Live meeting was held last night by Sanibel City leaders at Crown Plaza Ft Myers where Sanibel government currently is coordinating many efforts. A big thanks to Mayor Smith, City Manager Souza, Chief Dalton, & Councilors Crater, Henshaw, Johnson, and Miller for that event, and Manager Souza’s Facebook Live update this morning.
They reiterated that checking the island to ensure safety is of prime concern following search/rescue operations. The County is under a 24/7 curfew so no one should be on the roadways other than first responders.
No one is allowed to return to the island. Police presence and National Guard will be on the island ensuring no pirates try to land.  Until City first responders check all roadways and property, giving an all-clear, no one may go back, whether by boat or otherwise.
Another City Facebook Live update is expected to occur tonight, at 6:30 p.m. Watch The City of Sanibel, Florida Facebook page and for info. The videos from the earlier meetings also are posted there. This message just posted by City:
“The City of Sanibel will provide a Facebook live update at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, September 30, 2022, on the City’s response to Hurricane Ian. Click here to watch the live feed.”

At SanibelSusan Realty This Week

I was at the office until noon Tuesday entering Multiple Listing info on a new listing at Sanibel Moorings. We also had a home inspection Monday afternoon, obviously not expecting the storm devastation to be so extensive. On my way home, I also removed all yard signs so we didn’t contribute to future flying/floating debris.
From the NOAA images posted online by the City, we can see our office building still stands though surrounded by water. My home on Anchor Dr looks to also be intact, as do our listings. Sure am thankful I put on a new roof last summer. What the insides of buildings look like remains to be seen. We will be patient.
All Association of Realtors meetings are canceled until further notice. The action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is posted  below.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity September 23-30, 2022

1 new listing: Sanibel Moorings #1522 2/2 $899.9K (our listing).
No price changes.
1 new sale: Pointe Santo #A25 2/2 listed at $1,4M.
No closed sales.
1 new listing: 994 Whelk Dr 3/2 $1.55M.
No price changes.
1 new sale: 9476 Balsa Ct 3/2 listed at $1.135M
No closed sales.
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy.  Data maintained by the association, or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.  The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions
Here’s hoping I have better news to report next week. In the meantime, if you see me quoted by either the New York Times or CNN, the reporters have found SanibelSusan.
Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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