Today the City of Sanibel announced that the June 2010 attendance at the public beaches on Sanibel exceeded all previous years' monthly activity for June. Sanibel City Manager Judith Zimomra reported that "Our beaches are pristine and in excellent condition...and our summer visitors are here." The public parking lots at Sanibel's beaches generated $132,822 for the period between June 1 and June 30th, 2010.
Zimomra went on to state, "These numbers are very important to us inasmuch as the unseasonable cold winter deflated beach parking revenues for First Quarter 2010 by 24%, which was approximately $82,100. "Activity at Sanibel's beaches is a major economic indicator for our community and our region" Zimomra concluded, "Thus, we are committed to maintaining this great asset to world-class destination standards."
The City of Sanibel maintains 24.5 miles of shoreline, of which 11.75 is direct Gulf of Mexico shoreline and can be accessed from 7 public parking lots. All funds generated from the public beach parking lots are utilized exclusively for maintaining the beaches, Fishing Pier, dune vegetation, trails, bathrooms and parking lots. In addition to the revenue generated at the public parking lot, the City receives an annual grant from the Lee County Tourist Development Council to maintain the Beaches.
Sanibel's natural beaches provide habitat for a number of listed and endangered species including least terns, snowy plovers, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. In addition to being maintained in a natural state, Sanibel's beaches are noted for receiving the following recognitions:
2010 Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice Destination Awards - #6, Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in the United States
Fodor's Travel - #1, Best Beaches for Seashells
CNN Travel - #1, Best Beaches for Shells
Travel + Leisure Magazine - Top Shelling Beach
Travels.com - #1, Best Florida Beaches for Kids
Women's Health Magazine - Best Beachcombing
Florida Beaches Guide - Florida Best Beaches for Weddings
Florida Beaches Guide - Florida Best Snowbird Beaches
PlacesAroundFlorida.com - Best Shelling Beach
Shermans Travel - #10, Top 10 Family Beaches
2008 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award - #10, Island Destination - North America
Click here to view a map of all Sanibel's public beaches and parking lots.