Paradise Island

Sanibel Island, a 18-square-mile island on Florida's West Coast, developed a groundbreaking land-use plan 30 years ago. This article describes the plan, which has been revised but is still viable, and discusses how it relates to current issues facing the island community. Sanibel Island is a popular tourist destination, and the plan reflects the need to limit the island's visitor population and protect its environmental resources. The plan provides a framework for meeting such challenges as hurricane preparedness, water quality, regional growth management, redevelopment, affordable housing and transportation. One of the biggest changes the island currently is confronting is a new fixed-span bridge and causeway structure that will link the island to the mainland. The structure is scheduled to open in Summer 2007. In response to concerns about increased traffic congestion and potential impacts on the island's carrying capacity, the island is exploring tollway pricing strategies and is looking at ways to reduce vehicular traffic on the island.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 22-23
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049701
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 2007 11:20AM