Published: Jul 03, 2010 4:17 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT

SANIBEL, Fla. - This past month was the busiest June on record for Sanibel Island.

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.”

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

#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

Best Shelling Beach
Shermans Travel

#10 – Top 10 Family Beaches
2008 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award
#10 Island Destination - North America