City of Sanibel issues temporary guidelines for outdoor seating

Posted at 1:21 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 13:21:59-04

SANIBEL, Fla. — The City of Sanibel has issued guidelines effective May 4th for seating regulations outdoor for food establishments.

The temporary order permits food establishments up to 1, 800 square feet for outdoor dining with proper social distancing with restrictions.

All temporary additional outdoor dining must meet the following criteria:

  • Must comply with provisions of Executive Order 20-112.
  • Must comply with applicable Sanibel Fire Department and Florida Health Department requirements.
  • Must not negatively impact ingress/egress to the building or property.
  • If additional outdoor dining space is located within a parking area, a temporary physical barrier must be placed, separating the dining from the remaining parking.
  • Additional outdoor dining space cannot occupy or impact undeveloped space, required vegetative buffers, or designated open space on a property.
  • All temporary outdoor dining areas must be maintained clean of litter.
  • If a restaurant is not the property owner, then it must obtain written permission from the landlord before installation.

The City of Sanibel says they may revoke a restaurant's temporary outdoor dining for failure to comply with the Sanibel Code or the above-listed criteria.

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