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Sanibel Causeway reopens after being destroyed by Hurricane Ian

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In this aerial photo made in a flight provided by mediccorps.org, damage from Hurricane Ian is seen on the causeway leading to Sanibel Island from Fort Myers, Fla., Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(FORT MYERS, Florida)– Hurricane Ian destroyed multiple sections of the Sanibel Causeway when it made landfall on October 2nd.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in a press conference that the Sanibel Causeway has reopened to residents after substantial repairs.

“Today, I’m happy to report that starting at 11 a.m., the causeway will be reopened for the citizens,” Governor Ron DeSantis said at a news conference.

Gov. DeSantis said crews have been working tirelessly since the hurricane to repair the causeway, making it passable 10 days ahead of schedule.

Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation have said their efforts will allow business owners, residents, and utility workers better access to the Island.

Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s emergency management director, said barge missions will continue to bring supplies to the island as they are needed.