The City of Sanibel issued a heavy traffic alert on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in anticipation of the holiday weekend and in response to previous requests for heavy traffic forecasts from island residents. The alert is for Friday, Feb. 14 to Monday, Feb. 17, which is President’s Day.
Additionally, the popular Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s Arts & Crafts Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Weather over the weekend is also predicted to be ideal.
“Our top priority is the safety of our residents and those on our roadways and pathways,” said Sanibel Police Chief Bill Dalton. “We recognize heavy traffic may be frustrating to us all. Please following the instructions of the police department personnel in the roadways, be mindful and courteous to those around you. Working together and respecting each other is the best way for everyone to be safe.”
Lee County Schools are closed on Monday in recognition of President’s Day, but the city will be conducting business. The city reminds the public of the following traffic mitigation strategies:
Use the free Sanibel Bound traffic app for immediate access to real-time traffic conditions.
Avoid discretionary trips during peak congestion times, which are traveling off island from 3 to 6 p.m., and bike or walk when possible.
Give your undivided attention while driving, walking or biking.
Carpool to minimize the number of vehicles on the roadways.
Visitors are reminded the best way to enjoy Sanibel during peak season is stay on the island and “leave the car behind.” See a special message from the Mayor.