Leonardo Arms Fort Myers Beach

Leonardo Santini: Fort Myers Beach Lion

Local lore has it that a former sailboat captain worked hard, scraped by, and saved to become one of the biggest landowners in Southwest Florida, culminating in the ownership of much of Estero Island. But this isn’t fiction; it really happened. Leonardo Santini once owned all the South end of Estero Island and chose this eye-candy spot for his new venture in 1968, praising the beautiful sunsets and abundance of wildlife.