Temporary Repairs Permit Reopening Of Sanibel Causeway

NPR reports, temporary repair of the Sanibel Island Causeway was completed slightly ahead of schedule yesterday. The three-mile long toll facility was partially washed away in last month’s Hurricane Ian, but around-the-clock efforts by “100 crews” has restored vehicle access to the devastated barrier island, population 6,300. “Workers used 8,200 loads of fill dirt, 2,400 loads of rock, and 4,000 tons of asphalt.” The reopening will hasten island recovery and restoration operations.

Miami Herald and News-Press report on the repair operation and causeway access restrictions imposed by local officials. At a news conference marking the reopening, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said permanent repair of the facility will be the responsibility of county and municipal officials.