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Before, after images show Hurricane Ian storm surge completely destroyed some Sanibel Island, Florida hotels | CNN



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Many beach cottages that lined the shores of Sanibel Island were wiped away by Hurricane Ian’s storm surge, new aerial imagery from NOAA shows.

Most homes on Sanibel and Captiva islands are still standing, but appear to have sustained some form of roof damage, in addition to certain storm surge and flooding damage.

Near the Casa Ybel Beach Resort, large scars in the sands are seen – the surge eroded much of the beach and dunes.

An aerial view of beach erosion near Casa Ybel Beach Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

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Shalimar Cottages & Motel is gone, too. Its 14 cottages and entire motel building were wiped away by the storm. At least four cottages – or what remains of them – are sitting in the street.

An aerial view of the Shalimar Cottages & Motel on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Mitchell’s SandCastles has also been completely destroyed. There are no buildings left and the property is covered in sand.

An aerial view of Mitchell’s SandCastles on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Only one building remains of the Waterside Inn on the Beach. The only thing remaining of the eight buildings on the property, which encircle the swimming pool, is debris.

An aerial view of the Waterside Inn on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

The roofs of the four buildings that comprise Ocean’s Reach have sustained significant damage. It’s unclear how things fared inside the buildings, but a significant debris field is seen behind the buildings. The covered parking structure behind the buildings has been destroyed as well.

An aerial view of the Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Near the Casa Ybel Beach Resort, large scars in the sands are seen – the surge eroded much of the beach and dunes.

An aerial view of beach erosion near Casa Ybel Beach Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.

Even though storm surge is no longer covering Sanibel, a number of homes remain underwater located on the Sanibel Island Golf Club.

An aerial view of Sanibel Island Golf Club, Florida, before and after Hurricane Ian.


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