Information About the Impact and Recovery Efforts of Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian created a direct and widespread impact on Southwest Florida. 

Updated 11/24/22

The greater Fort Myers area is recovering and rebuilding from the impact of Hurricane Ian. 

All visitors are being asked to refrain from entering the region of Fort Myers Beach at this time.

Town of Fort Myers Beach residents can now access the Town any day of the week. Curfew will still apply every day, which is 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.

The Sanibel Causeway opened to those with an entry permit on October 19, 2022. (Essential Response Personnel, Sanibel Residents/Property Owners, Businesses, and Private Contractors Only).

Many Fort Myers and the city of Fort Myers businesses have re-opened!

The city of Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Casey Key, Venice, and Bradenton were largely spared from Ian’s devastation and ARE WELCOMING visitors!

Naples and Marco Island businesses are open and welcoming visitors!

Some Collier County beaches have re-opened. PLEASE NOTE there is the possibility of glass, metal, wood, and plastic in the water and buried 6 inches or more under the sand that can be difficult or impossible to see. Beachgoers should wear protective footwear and are advised not to swim. 

The following Naples beaches are open: 

  • A portion of the Naples Pier – only 100-feet west of stairs, includes 12th Ave. South parking. No fishing is allowed on the Pier.
  • 13th Avenue South access point
  • 17th Avenue South access point
  • 1977 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. (pathway – no parking) 
  • Bluebill Avenue and North Gulf Shore access
  • Vanderbilt Beach access points No. 2, 4 and 6

The following Marco Island beaches are open: 

  • South Marco Beach
  • Tigertail Beach

Some Southwest Florida attractions, restaurants, parks, and businesses may be closed, operating at lower capacity or reduced hours and amenities. Please check with the individual businesses on their status.

To help ensure the safety of visitors and staff, some Florida State Parks are fully or partially closed due to Hurricane Ian. Please visit Storm Updates for more information. 

Information about Lee County (Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva Islands).

Information about Collier County (Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City).

Information about Sarasota County (Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Casey Key, Venice, Englewood, North Port, Myakka City).

How You Can Help

Support Hospitality Workers in the Greater Fort Myers Area through The SWFL Relief Fund.

For those seeking ways to help those most impacted by the storm, we encourage monetary contributions to The Collier Community Foundation.

For those seeking ways to help those in southern Sarasota County including Venice, hard-hit North Port, Englewood, Charlotte County, Lee County, and DeSoto County, we encourage monetary contributions to Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Thank you for your support of Southwest Florida!