FORT MYERS BEACH —
Amid all the destruction and devastation on Fort Myers
Beach, a condo building deemed ‘vulnerable’ by engineers is
The Leonardo Arms condo number two at the south end of Estero Island is badly beaten and bruised.
Fort Myers Beach condo building severely damaged by Hurricane Ian is still standing.
“Now the problem is,
they’re all stuck up there because all the stairwells are
washed out. And they’re all falling into the water,”
The first two floors of Leonardo Arms are severely destroyed and the bare pilings holding it up are exposed, making it a ticking time bomb for a potential catastrophic collapse.
“People can’t get down so we’ve been handing ladders up so people can get them from the second floor down,” Galataro said.
It is unknown at this time how many people tried riding out the storm or if anyone that stayed behind survived.
“There’s people hurt. A lot of people hurt,” Galataro said.
But as the sun sets, we do know the destruction Hurricane Ian left in our community.