A brief history of what's known as the Cape Romano Dome Home.

The Cape Romano Dome House is an abandoned house originally consisting of six dome modules on stilts. When it was built is was about 300 feet offshore from Cape Romano Island in the Ten Thousand Islands of Collier County, south of Marco Island.

Bob Lee constructed it in 1980 who abandoned it in 1992, and sold in 2005 to John Tosto. The structure was never meant to be accessible by boat, and has no landings or docking facilities. It was made up of six stout, interconnected dome structures, some having two levels and featured three bedrooms and three bathrooms with 2,400 square feet

The home was originally built as a vacation house for Bob Lee, his wife, Margaret and their children. Two years after its completion the they sold the house to another family who ran into financial decline causing the Lees to repossess it in 1987 when it became their primary residence.

Credits for the two photos above: Coastal Breeze News

They renovated the interior and stayed there until 1992, the year of Hurricane Andrew that destroyed the interior while leaving the exterior unharmed.

By 2004 the water levels began to meet the concrete pillars holding up the home and a year later Bob Lee sold the house to Naples resident John Tosto who intended to renovate it. Lee advised Tosto to construct a sea wall to end the erosion that had been eroding the island for years. Tosto decided against sea wall and planned to move it to a higher piece of land on the island on high concrete pillars.

Hurricane Wilma struck a few months after Tosto purchased the it and caused further erosion of the coastline and destabilized the house's foundation even more.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Collier County Code Building and Enforcement Departments all had regulations to be met before work began but he was unable to produce the necessary permits required. Time passed and by 2013 the house was sitting in six-feet-deep water as erosion continued.

In 2015, a movement was started to move the domes deeper to a location where they could safely become an underwater reef as part of Florida's history. The movement failed despite being recognized as home of a great variety of wildlife.

In 2016 the house was approximately 180 feet from shore and was widely known as a tourist attraction when in September 2017 Hurricane Irma hit as a Category 3 storm collapsing two of the domes into the ocean leaving just four standing.

In 2018, the Collier County Code Enforcement division closed the case on the domes and ownership transferred to the state leaving it as its seen today.

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