Captain John Smith first white settler on Pine Island

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Pine Island was basically uninhabited until 1873 when a Russian sailor named
Captain John Smith arrived after having survived a hurricane on nearby Punta Rassa.

He decided that Pine Island would be a safer haven against future storms since it
was protected from the Gulf of Mexico by the outer islands of Sanibel, Captiva and
Cayo Costa. Other settlers followed and they, too, lived off the substantial bounty
of the sea, while beginning to develop the beautiful, island paradise that we now enjoy today.

It just doesn't seem right that money can just push it's way in and destroy
the beauty of Pine Island and Matlacha that's been here for all these years. Is this is what
you deserve? Do you even care? I wish they would just let us alone but that's not going to happen.

The developers will destroy the "Charm of Old Florida" - on Pine Island and Matlacha,
its about money and they don't even live here..
It's all about what the developer-controlled political machine wants and that's called the Florida Government.

No one on Matlacha or Pine Island wants this
It now cost 6 dollars to get across the bridge to get to Sanibel and there are traffic cops
directing you at the four-way stops. In their quest for greatness and with the power of their
money, they hurt themselves big time.
Sanibel (link)

Pine Island and Matlacha are the very last of Gulf Coast Old Florida
after that, this type of Old Florida will be a thing of the past.

Captain John Smith

March 2 2017
The City of Sanibel says about 13,000 cars travel the causeway daily

Sanibel, Captiva travelers exceeding road capacity

So many people are traveling the causeway to Sanibel and Captiva that it's exceeding road capacity.
The city of Sanibel says about 13,000 cars travel the causeway daily in peak season.
People that come to the islands to work or play say around 9 a.m. and between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
are some of the worst times to try and get on and off the island.

"I usually have to leave about half an hour early to get out here," said Hollie Schmid, owner of Hollie's Boutique.
Schmid's shop is right in the middle of Sanibel's main strip of Periwinkle Way.
Traffic not only impacts her commute but her business as well.
"From 4 to 6 o'clock when the traffic is so congested, it's very hard to get to my store," Schmid said.

The congestion is noticed by visitors.
"The traffic on the island is the one negative," said tourist Heather Thompson.
Some avoid the road and take advantage of the bike trails and paths instead.
"We have a car rented for the week, but we kind of don't really want to take it because
it is so busy to get around," said tourist Pete Watson.

Although an increase in traffic is expected this time of year, last week, the city had to send
out an alert because traffic exceeded road capacity and beach parking was overflowing.

"I've never heard that before, that they were at capacity," Schmid said.
Sanibel police bring in extra people to direct traffic at major intersections.
The chief of police says visitors should plan ahead and try to avoid peak times of the day.

"Getting off right around 4, 5 o'clock, it can take about an hour to get off," said Michael Stone, Royal Shell employee.
The city says Sunday's and Tuesday's are when the island sees lighter traffic.
Sanibel also has live traffic cameras on the causeways and at major intersections that can
be accessed online and through their app, so you can check the traffic before you drive.

So, that's the answer check your phone app to check the traffic before you go.