After Causeway-Sanibel Island after the Causeway

After Causeway

After Causeway

After the Sanibel Causeway was constructed, building and commercialism were starting to spread throughout the islands.  With the state of Florida and Lee county envisioning a Miami like tourism industry for Sanibel, steps were needed to preserve its  natural beauty.  In the early 1970’s many of the island residents, to help preserve the beauty and nature of Sanibel from the growth that was overtaking the rest of Florida, decided that the best method to protect it would be to incorporate as a city.  They believed that this way they could control building and zoning rules not others that did not live here.   In 1974 this dream became a reality and Sanibel has never looked back.  You won’t find high rises on the beach or homes set right on top of each other.  These visionaries put together the Sanibel plan and made sure that Sanibel would be unique forever and be one with nature.  Sanibel and Captiva remain one of Florida’s top destinations for the young and old alike.  You won’t find any traffic lights (although a traffic officer might help “speed up” the 4 way stops signs during peak travel times), high rises on the beach, chain stores or franchises (the ones already here like Dairy Queen and Subway are grandfathered in), and a majority of the island  is now preserved sanctuary land.  Come enjoy of this wonderful travel destination