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Sanibel implements three additional street cameras

By Staff | Jul 6, 2016

Sanibel is planning ahead for the upcoming busy season. On June 28, the city added three additional street cameras to monitor traffic. The three cameras provide live views of Periwinkle Way east of Tarpon Bay Road and Tarpon Bay Road north and south of Periwinkle Way.

City Manager Judie Zimomra said that Periwinkle, Tarpon Bay Road and Casa Ybel are hot spots for traffic.

“We want to give drivers, motorist and bicyclists a sense of the traffic. When we’re in peak season, it’s important to be able to know if traffic is moving along the entire length of Periwinkle,” Zimomra said.

The 2015 Sanibel Causeway Count stated that a total of 3,334,431 vehicles crossed the causeway.

The first three street cameras were added March 17 on Span C of the Sanibel Causeway, east and west bound of Periwinkle Way and at the Casa Ybel intersection.

Zimomra said the street cameras have garnered positive feedback from residents so far.

“We have had some success over the last several years of implementing technology to provide better service to our residents as well as improve efficiency. If they need the information, they can go on to the live feed,” she said. “During peak season last year, there was as many as 3,000 people tuned into the live cameras.”

The cameras were funded through beach parking revenue. Each camera cost the city $755. To access the live cameras, visit mysanibel.us/traffic/. For more information, contact the city manager’s office at (239) 472-3700.