Gov. DeSantis announces reopening of Sanibel Causeway

Published: October 19, 2022 8:27 AM EDT
Updated: October 19, 2022 6:15 PM EDT

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday morning that the Sanibel Causeway reopened to residents at 11 a.m.

This reopening comes two days ahead of the scheduled date, Friday. DeSantis says 36,000 work hours were required to make the repairs and that the plan is to have over a quarter of the island powered back up by sometime this week, including fire stations, portions of neighborhoods, and Sanibel Elementary School.

The state continues to work with the county on permanent repairs; DeSantis says more damage was done to the power grid on Sanibel/Captiva than on Pine Island or Fort Myers Beach. North Captiva restoration efforts will take longer because the area has an underground grid. It should be finished sometime in November.

The Sanibel Causeway bridge will still only be open for emergency personnel on Monday and Tuesday of each week.

Wednesday through Sunday, residents, business owners, property owners and private contractors can get onto the island between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A valid ID or reentry permit must be shown to get access.

A curfew remains in effect on the island between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. No vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian movement is permitted except for essential response personnel.