Historic Santini Marina Plaza Fort Myers Beach SOLD!

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Santini Plaza~Fort Myers Beach SOLD!

WCSJR II CORPORATION, under the guidance of Mr. Al Durrett sold the historic community shopping center located at 7205 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL to SHAKED PROPERTIES LLC based in Golden Beach, FL for $18,600,000 on December 13, 2021 according to the Official Records of Lee County, FL

Property Summary:

GLA (SF): 72,233

STORIES: One (1)


PARKING RATIO: 4.03/1,000 SF

LAND SIZE: 5.43 Acres

ZONING: C1 (Santini Zoning District)


PARCEL ID: 03-47-24-W1-00011.0000




History of Santini Marina Plaza:

Leonardo Santini aka The Fort Myers Beach Lion, was born in 1884, grew up in a shack on Chokoloskee Island, came to Lee County in 1908 as a sailboat captain.

Then he got his first break: "A kind woman loaned me some money to buy a mule, a plow and eight acres of cleared land," he told The National Enquirer in 1975 when it featured him in a "Rags to Riches" column. His first pepper crop, which grossed $1,500, convinced him to plant potatoes. Years later, he bought 300 acres and "that's when things really started to tick."

Before long, Santini was buying and developing land on Fort Myers Beach. By the 1940s, he'd bought the southern half of the island for about $40,000.  Leonard turned in his plow, and became a land developer on Fort Myers Beach. He built the island’s first condominium, the 6-story mid-rise Leonardo Arms in 1969 then the Santini Plaza three years later. Santini Marina Plaza has offered decades of residents and visitors from around the world a collection of unique outdoor shops. entertainment and some of the Island’s best restaurants.  

At his death, Santini gave a gift of $2.5 million to benefit the needs of children in Lee County, Children’s Hospital, Lee Mental Health and child hunger. He also built a home for retired priests on Fort Myers Beach.

Comments (2)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is a remarkable rags to riches story and it's so typical of people willing to work hard in this country

Dec 18, 2021 09:08 AM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

Thanks for sharing. There was a Bank of America inside that plaza at one time. 

Dec 18, 2021 10:25 AM