The Decaying Dome Homes Near Marco Island
Marco Island’s long-abandoned Dome Homes look like a settlement from outer space. Yet this was once a luxurious coastal residence, built in 1980 and occupied until 1993.
These days, the decaying igloo-like structures are some 180 feet from the shore, but not long ago, the Cape Romano Dome House — to give it its proper title — sat on the island’s stunning southern edge, serving as the perfect Floridian retreat for its ambitious owners.
Unfortunately, a combination of powerful hurricanes and rising ocean levels changed the landscape here beyond all recognition, leaving the Dome Homes stranded out at sea and prompting their abandonment. Eroding and unstable, the domes’ days are numbered.
Before much longer, it is thought, they’ll disappear beneath the surface, never to be seen again. No longer fit for human habitation, the Dome Homes do provide shelter for various wildlife species. Even from the fast-disappearing shoreline, they’re guaranteed to give you goosebumps.