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Sanibel Hurricane Reentry Pass Program provides orderly return

May 13, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It is the City of Sanibel's goal to return residents, property owners, and business owners back to the Island as quickly and safely as possible after an evacuation.

The Hurricane Reentry Pass Program is a tool that facilitates that goal by maximizing security while providing authorized persons the quickest possible access to their properties.

The key element of the program is the Hurricane Reentry Pass. The passes are issued to residents, property owners, and businesses.

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The "front" of the pass is color coded, numbered, and has a 'zone' watermark in the middle.

The 'rear' of the pass has valuable information on hurricane preparedness and reentry.

The pass should be kept in the glove box of your evacuation or work vehicle.

During reentry, vehicles should have a valid City of Sanibel Hurricane Reentry Pass on display.

The pass must be hanging from the rearview mirror with the 'front' facing forward; the "rear" facing the driver. Although appropriate personnel can still gain access to the island with a valid driver's license that has a physical Sanibel or Captiva address (no post office box), displaying a valid Hurricane Reentry Pass will significantly expedite reentry.

To balance the issues of reentry speed, safety and security, limits have been established on the number of passes to be issued to each residence (address) and business.

The limits are detailed on the pass applications. NOTE: A Hurricane Reentry Pass does not limit the number of passengers in the vehicle.

* 2006 Sanibel City Council adopted Ordinance number 06-008.

The ordinance prohibits unauthorized reproduction, counterfeiting, fabrication or altering of City of Sanibel Hurricane Reentry Passes.

How to get a City of Sanibel

Hurricane Reentry Pass

Hurricane Reentry Pass Applications can be found at and are available at the Sanibel Police Department.

* Select the appropriate application, Residential or Commercial.

* Complete the entire application, including e-mail address.

* Obtain a current verification document (acceptable documents are listed on the application). Legible copies are fine.

* Deliver the completed application, WITH verification document, via:

Bring to: Sanibel Police Dept. (Mon Fri: 8am 4pm) for immediate pass issuance.

Fax to: Sanibel Emergency Management at 239-472-6555

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