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Mayor issues proclamation, adjusts restrictions
May 20, 2020

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On May 19, the city of Sanibel reported that Mayor Kevin Ruane extended the declared state of emergency - originally declared in response to COVID-19 - until May 26, unless further extended.

The proclamation issued also outlined the following:

- Reopening the non-beach parking lots of Roadside City Park, at 1380 Periwinkle Way, and Pond Apple Park Trailhead and Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber Visitor Center, at 1159 Causeway Blvd.

- Modifying certain temporary beach and pool furniture restrictions

- Updating the list of lodging establishments subject to restrictions on hotels, motels and timeshares

According to the proclamation, the same percentage of beach furniture and pool deck chairs and lounges are allowed as is permissible by the current occupancy restrictions. For example, if occupancy is capped at 50 percent, then only 50 percent of such furniture may be out and available for use.

In addition, RLR Investments - doing business as the Sundial Beach Resort - has been added to the list of hotels, motels and timeshares subject to the temporary restrictions on public lodging establishments. It received a motel license through the state on May 18, with 227 units included in the "Sundial Beach Resort Motel Rental Program." Condominiums not identified as part of the program are not subject to the temporary restrictions.

The proclamation went into effect immediately, without an expiration date listed.

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