A spectacular moment captured on video: Sanibel's lighthouse is shining bright again

Standing 98-feet tall, the Sanibel Lighthouse, or Sanibel Light as many call it, has been dark for five months.

That changed early Tuesday (Feb. 28) morning. Ahead of what was a spectacular sunrise on the eastern point of Sanibel, there was a relighting cermony for the famous and iconic lighthouse.

Our visual journalist, Andrew West, was on the scene at Lighthouse Park and he captured the countdown to the moment when the bright light, or "beacon of hope" so many have called it since it went dark on Sept. 28, 2022 when Hurricane Ian slammed Southwest Florida, illuminated the surrounding coast again.

It was another important step taken toward returning to normalcy in Southwest Florida.

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This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Sanibel Island Lighthouse shines again after Hurricane Ian in Florida