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Clean up efforts with SCCF focus on getting beaches back to normal

Posted at 6:40 AM, Jan 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-17 10:51:21-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is working to get beaches back to normal from Hurricane Ian.

Volunteers are cleaning up the west-end beaches from Tarpon Bay Road to Blind Pass on Tuesday.

The beaches in Sanibel and Captiva have not been open to the public since Hurricane Ian.

Some of the beaches still have debris scattered and that’s what the group will be focused on.

The SCCF said these cleanup efforts not only help supplement the larger debris removal that is happening on the island but it helps protect wildlife and people.

The beaches were part of Tuesday’s city council meeting, as members will talk about rebuilding resorts, and how many square feet those places will have to dedicate as recreational space if they decide to rebuild.

During the meeting, they discussed reopening two Sanibel Beach locations in early February with permits possibly being sold this month.

Crews are working on some large debris removal that can be seen during low tide.

The SCCF will continue to host beach cleanups. The conservation encourages volunteers to sign up for future cleanups.