Owner of a water sports business in Cape Coral who helps with shuttle service to and from Sanibel Island

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – James Douvia owns Sunset Ski and Watersports in Cape Coral.

He brings people to Sanibel Island who have been evacuated because of Hurricane Ian and need to return.

Douvia told Local 10 News’ Bridgette Matter that many are desperate to come to the island to check on loved ones they haven’t heard from.

“People have died, parents, grandparents living on the island,” he said. “They will search the houses.”

Local 10 News went to the island for the first time with three people.

Upon arrival, the group found a woman with her cat waiting to be picked up and taken back to Cape Coral.

She said she returned to pick up her cat and check on her home.

Douvia drove people back and forth to the island almost every day, all day.

“We want to pass it on and help our community as much as we can,” he said.

Emergency repairs are underway to get roads and bridges working again and allow better access to the barrier islands.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made his way to Sanibel Island on Wednesday.

“I think there’s more debris on Sanibel than anywhere else I’ve seen,” DeSantis said.

The governor said damage to power infrastructure was significant there.

Repairs are underway to complete the Sanibel Causeway by the end of the month.

DeSantis also announced to the Florida Department of Transportation that emergency repairs to roads and bridges to get to Pine Island were completed early.

Douvia does not charge for its services, only accepting donations for gasoline.

A GoFundMe page was created to help Douvia continue to help the local residents who need her so badly. The page can be found at click here.

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