Hurricane Restoration FAQs

Q Is the bridge open to the public?

By consensus, the Sanibel City Council supported the decision to end the requirement for reentry passes on January 2, 2023. The City of Sanibel asks that non-residents respect and understand the fact that Sanibel is still actively working to recover from Hurricane Ian.

Q Are the causeway islands open for beach access?

The causeway is still undergoing maintenance and is not allowing any kind of stopping or visitation currently to the spoil islands. The bridge has been repaired but only temporarily. The DOT will be actively commencing construction over the next few years for a more permanent fix to the bridges.

Q Are the shared-use paths (bike paths) open?

The City’s shared-use path (bike path) still has stacked debris waiting for the pickup in many places. Nails from debris, that could cause flat tires may exist on the bike path.

Q Are the beaches open?

With more beaches opening as we progress through the recovery process, please check our Wander Map app with updated beach access openings as they become available to visitors.

Q Are there any businesses open?

As recovery efforts progress lodging is still limited but restaurants and retail businesses are continuing to open weekly, some activities may be limited due to a lack of beach parking and beach park access. We do have an updated list of currently open businesses located on this page. Click Here

Q What time frame will it take before the islands are acceptable for visitation?

Although, there are a handful of businesses that have reopened and continue to reopen; due to the high demand for building supplies, it becomes hard to place a solid time frame on rehabilitation.

Q Where can I volunteer to help clean the beach or in any other capacity that may be needed on the islands?

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva – (239) 472-0404. [email protected]

Keep Lee County Beautiful – (239) 334-3488 · [email protected]

Q Are the streets cleared and safe for travel?

Debris collection from individual lots and the City’s rights-of-way is still ongoing. Trucks collecting debris may interrupt traffic flow at times and may cause travel delays.

Q Are the fishing pier or boat ramp open?

The fishing pier is closed but the boat ramp is open.

Q Is there still a curfew in the place?

The curfew has been rescinded and is no longer in effect.