Alex Demooy and Athena Custodio of Naples’ Breakwater Adventures were conducting a shelling Friday morning when they came across the remains of the iconic and popular structure. At one point it was completely on land, built in 1982, but erosion had pushed the house into the water in a way. Two homes sank after Hurricane His Irma in 2017.
Now, at low tide, only the concrete top of one of the domed houses can be seen, looking like the back of a small white whale levitating in the air. Stakes and poles were also sticking out of the water.
In case you missed: How’s the deal with the iconic Cape Romano domed home?
Saturday consumables update: After Ian what’s open and where can I get what I need
Back at Goodland Boating Park on Saturday afternoon, DeMoy said the storm was good for business. As for the Dome House, he had everything in sight.
“Abandoned blown homes are far less disappointing than people who actually have homes that have been blown down,” he said.
Desmoy said desperate Captiva residents asked him to drive them home. But his small boat and his sixty miles (60 miles) distance would make that trek difficult.
“It’s hard to do something like that because you don’t know what the hell is going on right now,” he said.
Hannah Morse covers consumer issues for The Palm Beach Post. Call her at [email protected], call 561-820-4833 or follow her on her Twitter @mannahhorse.
This article originally appeared on the Naples Daily News. Hurricane Ian: Cape Romano domed houses sink into the Gulf of Mexico