Charter boat owner helps people get to Sanibel Island
SAN CARLOS BAY, Fla. – Although the causeway on Sanibel Island was temporarily repaired after Hurricane Ian and reopened for utility trucks and other work vehicles, people who live on the island still cannot access home than by taking a boat from the mainland.
Dalton Outlaw, owner of Outlaw Charters, began taking people to the island for free in an attempt to help them in the aftermath of the storm.
What do you want to know
- The causeway on Sanibel Island was closed after being damaged in Hurricane Ian
- Although it has been temporarily fixed for utility trucks and other work vehicles, people who live on the island can still only get to their homes by taking a boat from the mainland.
- Dalton Outlaw, owner of Outlaw Charters, takes people to the island for free to try and help after the storm
- Anyone interested in helping Outlaw with the work they do can get more information on the Outlaw Charters website.
“I had 22 people on that boat at one time,” she said.
Outlaw said Hurricane Ian took so much from her, but selflessness and determination kept her alive.
“I try not to stress over things I have no control over,” she said.
Even though her home and that of her boyfriend Chaz have suffered damage, they are still constantly on their boat ferrying people to and from Sanibel Island.
“I feel like there’s not much we can do about our situation at this point,” Outlaw said. “But maybe there’s someone out there where we can fix his.”
Although it accepts funds to offset the cost of fuel from people who offer them, Outlaw said they do not charge for the service, but simply try to support people at their lowest points.
“If you can afford to throw fuel away, that’s fine,” she said. “If not, that’s fine. I haven’t turned anyone down yet.”
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People like the Roshbergs say they are grateful for this generosity.
“They’ve lost everything and they’re here to try to help us,” Paul Roshberg said. “It’s just amazing.”
Roshberg and his wife, Valerie, live in Sanibel and have to rely on people like Outlaw just to put their lives back together.
“They are such welcoming people,” Roshberg said. “I wish we could do more for them.”
Although they don’t charge people, they hope people will help donate money so they can refuel their boat every day, which they say costs around $700 due to the number of trips they make.
“I don’t want people to think they’re giving it to me, because I’m going to put it all back in there,” Outlaw said.
But whether they receive money or not, she said they will sleep in their boat and do whatever they can to help people get home.
Anyone interested in helping Outlaw with the work they do can get more information on the Outlaw Charters website.