Erosion shuts down Sanibel road at Lighthouse Beach

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla.- A road leading out to a popular for tourists and locals is closed due to water erosion.

The eastern end of Periwinkle Way was closed just last month as well. Now crews at Lighthouse Beach Park are working to create a barrier between the water and the road. City leaders believe the erosion is caused by extreme high tides and recent storms.

“Slowly it’s been eroding because of the storms and it’s less wooded. I used to walk the beach at low tide and I hope I can still do that,” said part-time resident Cathy Hadley.

The city put out a tarp and reinforced the fencing along the road but they’re considering other options as a back-up plan.

“The city might explore lining the area with riprap but this would require approval by city administration and environmental permitting,” said Scott Krawczuk, Deputy Public Works Director for the City of Sanibel.

Krawczuk says while the road is closed, public parking and the beach is still open.

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