|Published:||Sep 19, 2013 5:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 19, 2013 9:39 PM EDT|
CAPE ROMANO, Fla. -- Talk about seclusion. Near the sandy white beaches of Cape Romano, south of Marco Island, you'll find something unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Six orbs appear to be floating in the water. Where did they come from? How long have they been there?
If you travel through the Ten Thousand Islands to get to Cape Romano, you'll see barnacles and graffiti on the domes. But if you look closely you'll also see... an electrical socket?
"All of it was solar, it was completely self sustained," said Janet Maples, whose father built the domes in 1980.
Janet's father, Bob Lee, wanted to build something unique. He was successful.
Despite the fact that you can only get to the island by boat, Lee built a home that was completely self sustained. Complete with all the modern amenities.
"We watched movies every night on satellite TV. We had a hundred stations, it was awesome," Maples said.
Janet lived on the island for six months during 1992. She says it's an experience she'll never forget.
"People were always staring 'cause the house was so unusual," Maples said.
When you look at the six domes, several yards into the water, it's hard to imagine that they were once beachfront.
The family tells us the homes were at least a football field's length from the water. Thirty-three years after the homes were built, the beach has eroded considerably.
Time, along with Hurricanes Andrew and Wilma, has taken its toll on the mysterious dome homes. But to the family of Bob Lee, the homes will always be near and dear to their hearts.
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