The first causeway island presents good opportunities on both sides of the road.
One cautionary note: The deep channels between the causeway islands and between the islands and the Punta Rassa and Sanibel shorelines have powerful currents anytime there is a strong tidal flow.
The best fishing areas on the second causeway island are located on the east side, approximately from the restrooms south and directly across the road on the west side.
The shorelines at the Sanibel end of the causeway are also good fishing areas.
The Sanibel Causeway is reached by taking Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard from Fort Myers.
One of the most popular rigs on the Sanibel Causeway (any coastal causeway, for that matter) is a live shrimp suspended about 18 inches below a popping cork.
The older of the two causeways, West Dock, was built in three stages over 12 years, beginning in 1974.
Although the agreement acknowledges that 'reasonably breached, solid-fill causeways may be one of several appropriate technologies for nearshore Beaufort Sea oil and gas development,' Oja says the Corps of Engineers prefers industry to explore other means of offshore oil transportation, including subsea pipelines and elevated structures to support pipelines.
We haven't altered our position one iota in terms of our concerns about causeways and minimally breached causeways," he adds.
Oil companies remain unshakable in their support of causeways for nearshore development.
Adds Arco's Myers, 'In general, industry feels very strongly that solid fill causeways are the most technically feasible alternative that we have for nearshore Beaufort Sea oil and gas development.
Endicott and West Dock, the only causeways on the North Slope, are composed almost entirely of gravel mined from onshore pits.