Captiva Announces Re-Entry Process

With the expected opening of the Sanibel Causeway to civilian traffic by Oct. 21, here are the anticipated procedures residents, workers and contractors driving to Captiva will need to obey:

Sections of the Sanibel Causeway were washed away by Hurricane Ian. Work to temporarily restore the bridge, which connects Sanibel and Captiva Islands to the mainland, is underway and expected to reopen to civilian traffic by Friday, Oct. 21. SC photos by Shannen Hayes

Captiva residents should get residential hurricane re-entry pass from the City of Sanibel so they can access the island on their way to Captiva. Application and requirements are online. The application also gives the list of verification documents possibly need to access Sanibel without a hurricane re-entry pass.

Contractors or business people working on Captiva should get a commercial hurricane re-entry pass from the City of Sanibel, which are available online. The application lists what needs to be provided to get the pass.

Residential, left, and commercial hurricane re-entry passes are needed to access Sanibel and Captiva Islands once the causeway reopens to civilian traffic. SC photos by Shannen Hayes

Insurance adjusters: There will be a special re-entry pass for insurance adjusters to access the island. They will have to show proof of state licensure and provide a list of properties, claim numbers, addresses, and owners’ names they are there to assess. Email this information to for processing.

Passes can also be obtained in person at the temporary Sanibel City Hall at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers. Go to the Captiva Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In addition, the county is working on establishing a ferry system that will operate on a regular schedule. People coming to Captiva by ferry will still need to meet certain entry requirements, which will be announced shortly. A barge landing area for commercial use on Captiva is also in the works.

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