There is more great news in regards to Hurricane Ian recovery on Southwest Florida barrier islands The Green Flash is set to reopen on Captiva nearly one year after the storm hit. The restaurant announced its reopening for Sunday, September 23rd. When you cross onto to Captiva from Sanibel, it is mostly residential. The Green Flash sits at the big bend in the road between Tween Water’s Resort and Captiva Island Inn.

The restaurant is on stilts and has a great view of the usually calm waters of Pine Island Sound. It is so Southwest Florida. It’s accessible by both car and boat. They also have an upstairs event space that is perfect for weddings and receptions. I attended one years ago and it was gorgeous. The Green Flash and many other restaurants and businesses have been working feverishly in time to reopen for the island’s annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival. It’s a ten day festival that kicks off every year on Captiva.

The above update was posted on Instagram back in May. Looks like the projected timeline for reopening has been right on target.

Fans are stoked that the Green Flash is set to Reopen on Captiva Island in a little more than a week. If you are thinking about going opening weekend, here is another little perk. Officials have been waving the tolls to the island on Sundays. However, Sunday the 24th is the last day to take advantage of the free passage. No toll, newly remodeled Green Flash, sounds like a Sunday Funday for sure.

*A side note: It might be a good idea to make a reservation. The song writing festival typically draws a good sized crowd. However, one thing we’ve learned since Hurricane Ian, the word “typical” has become a bit relative.

25 Restaurants Are Now Open On Sanibel And Captiva Islands

It’s hard to believe Hurricane Ian hit 10 months ago and while we still have a long way to go, 25 restaurants are now open on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

I’ve been spending a lot time on our local beaches. I love that here in Southwest Florida, even when there’s nothing to do, there’s something to do. And that something for me, is always heading to the beach. I usually head to Sanibel to either Bowman’s Beach or Tarpon Bay Beach. I love Gulfside City Park too, but rarely do I make it out early enough to get a parking spot. It’s been SO nice seeing all the people out enjoying the beaches, it’s been busy nearly every weekend.

There’s also a lot of businesses reopening too. Between lodging, restaurants, shopping, and things to do like kayaking and fishing charters. I will say that driving around out there just breaks your heart. It’s not so much that there’s debris everywhere, it just looks very bare and to see huge homes and condo complexes just crumbling, is so sad. Slowly but surely though, things are reopening and the island is welcoming visitors back out to the islands to stay, play and dine. You can find a full list of open businesses here

25 Restaurants Now Open on Sanibel & Captiva Islands:

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