Question: Do you have any advice for visiting Sanibel, Florida this September with all the hurricane forecasts that are mounting this year? Thanks!
The threat of hurricanes was rarely a concern until the extremely unusual summer of 2004, and to a lesser extent, 2005. Florida took a real beating during those crazy summers. However, they were an extreme anomaly. A hurricane is a very unusual event and is highly unlikely to affect your vacation plans. September is indeed the height of hurricane season, but there are some things you can do to help reduce the concern that a storm could interrupt your vacation.
(1) Check with your accommodations to see what their hurricane cancellation and refund policy is and determine if it meets your needs.
(2) Consider purchasing trip insurance.
(3) If you are vacationing during late August or in September, consider vacationing in a location that is less likely to be affected by a hurricane. The area from Tampa Bay to Fort Myers Beach would be ideal.
(4) Don't base your assessment of "hurricane risk" on what happened in 2004 / 2005. Those were two very, very unusual years. All of the dire predictions suggesting that we are now moving into a new period of increased storm activity and more intense storms just never materialized.
Put risks into proper perspective so you don't obsess. Be more concerned about safe travel, water safety, and keeping your stuff secure against theft.