Sanibel struggles to deal with traffic congestion


SANIBEL, Fla. — Frustration is mounting among drivers as heavy traffic plagues the island, causing the Sanibel Police Department to issue a traffic alert.

In some cases, it has taken nearly an hour to move a mile.

Steve Corbin, who’s visiting from the Jersey Shore, said while he’s used to dealing with beach traffic, this doesn’t make the situation easier.

“It’s pretty tricky out there for sure,” he said. “Police are out at the busy intersections directing traffic as best they can. They do a good job.”

Sanibel Fire Chief Matthew Scott said this time of year can make his job more challenging and the traffic is an extra obstacle for emergency vehicles.

“This is our season,” he said. “Most of our calls come in this time of year, so be aware that the fire truck and ambulance may be coming up on you.”

Scott advises drivers to pull over to the right when an emergency vehicle is coming to create more access.

The worst day for traffic is Saturday, while the best days are Sundays and Tuesdays, police said.

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