If you’re planning to write a Barefoot Bay Kindle World story, I urge you to read the entire series to familiarize yourself with the setting, the characters, and the ambiance of Mimosa Key, Barefoot Bay, and the Casa Blanca Resort & Spa. Once you do, this document will provide you with salient points about the backstory and main settings on the island.
When Hurricane Damien swept across Mimosa Key, a fictional island off the Gulf Coast of Florida, it essentially destroyed everything on the northern half of the twelve-mile long island. Lacey Armstrong owned much of the beachfront property in Barefoot Bay, a northern inlet that faces west, thanks to land deeds from her grandfather, one of the original founders of Mimosa Key. After the storm, Lacey was inspired to use the clean slate to build a small, upscale hotel. With the help of her three closest friends and a visionary architect, they transformed a large part of Barefoot Bay into the home of the Casa Blanca Resort & Spa, a one of a kind playground for vacations and destination weddings.
Barefoot Bay, the resort, and the entire island of Mimosa Key is more than just a slice of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a contemporary community of friends and family, a world of pain and promise, and a celebration of laughter and love.
Mimosa Key (similar to barrier islands Sanibel, Pine Island, and some of the Keys) is named for the flower mimosa and roughly shaped like a fat question mark, about 12 miles long and eight miles wide in the north, narrowing to less than two miles and ultimately to Pleasure Pointe at the very southern tip. The community consists of approximately 10,000 residents, many of whom are children and grandchildren of 20th century pioneers who founded the island when they built a wooden causeway from Naples to Mimosa Key. In the early days, the island was split between Lee and Collier Counties, but was later rezoned as entirely Collier County.
Mimosa Key’s main town takes up the center of the island, and it’s typical “old” Florida, with small shops, colorful stucco buildings, few traffic lights, and a beachy, casual atmosphere. The town is generally referred to by locals as “Mimosa” or just “town.” All Barefoot Bay locations and business establishments are fictional.
The current administration on the island, a mayor and town council, is reflective of small town politics; residents are fiercely proud of their heritage yet welcoming of newcomers. The entire island is in a state of growth, with new houses, businesses, and even a small minor league baseball stadium in development. Change is definitely in the air as Mimosa Key moves into a new era that includes more tourism and growth.
The island is reached by a now-modern causeway that leaves Naples, Florida and leads into the center of town.
Casa Blanca Resort & Spa – small upscale resort owned by Lacey (Armstrong) and Clay Walker. Investors include Tessa Galloway Browning, Zoe Tamarin Bradbury and Jocelyn Bloom Palmer, among others. Motto “Kick off your shoes and fall in love.”
Mimosa High School – colors are red and white, mascot is Scorpion, founded almost 60 years ago, includes a baseball field and football stadium
Toasted Pelican Restaurant – casual bar and hangout
South of the Border – Known to locals as the “SOB,” this is a Mexican restaurant, no sign/menu/bar so mostly patronized by locals
Beachside Beauty – owned by Barbara Pennick
The Fourway – motel owned and managed by Grace and Ron Hartgrave, located across the street from the Super Min at the landmark “fourway” intersection in the heart of town.
Shell Gas Station & Super Mini Mart Convenience Store – The “Super Min” is the heart and soul and one of the gossip centers on the island. Co-owned by sisters Charity Grambling and Patience Vail, it’s located across the street from the Fourway Motel at the historic Fourway intersection; second Shell Station (franchise) planned for north end of Mimosa Key
The Fourway – intersection of Center Street and Harbor drive, historic site of first traffic light on island
Ms. Icey’s – ice cream parlor on outskirts of town, owned by Bernadette Icey, frosted windows with a red and white awning, very popular with the teenagers
Mimosa Lanes Bowling Alley – owned by John McSweeny, located at 4623 Palm Ave.
Lee County Sheriff’s Department satellite office – on Center Street between Bud’s Buds and small teahouse
Bud’s Buds – florist (Bud is owner)
Mimosa Community Credit Union – only major bank and ATM on island
No Kidding – Frankie (Cardinale) and Elliott Becker’s foundation that gives goats to families in Third World countries
Barefoot Bay Bucks – name of the minor league baseball team that is starting up on the northeast section of Barefoot Bay (due east of the resort). There will be a small stadium (4,000 seats) that is part of a tourist center complex that includes a goat farm and some small shops. Currently under construction for opening next year. If you choose to do a baseball-related story, this venue is not yet completed.
Pleasure Pointe – southern end of Mimosa Key; south of town, 10-minute drive from Barefoot Bay
Pleasure Pointe Beach – beach at south end of Mimosa Key, a rockier beach than Barefoot Bay, has running trails
Barefoot Mountain – small rise at the north end of the island owned by Cutter Valentine, buried treasure and Indian archaeological site
Calusa House and Museum – located on Barefoot Mountain at the Indian archaeological site, sponsored by Cutter Valentine
Hibiscus Court Apartments – one of several rental units near town
Barefoot Bay Bucks Baseball Complex – will be finished in books that will be published in 2016; the stadium seats approximately 5,000 and is surrounded by a tourist-friendly petting zoo, shops, and picnic areas.
The original Barefoot Bay Quartet tells the story of how a hurricane wiped away most of northern half of Mimosa Key and Lacey Armstrong, along with her three best friends, launch the concept of an exclusive resort and spa set in Barefoot Bay. By the end of the quartet, the resort, spa, restaurant, farmette, and just under a dozen high-end resort villas are built and open for business.
Barefoot in the Sand (released in 2012)
Barefoot in the Rain (released in 2012)
Barefoot in the Sun (released in 2013)
Barefoot by the Sea (released in 2013)
The Barefoot Bay Billionaires trilogy are the stories of three wealthy men who arrive in Barefoot Bay with the intention of launching a minor league baseball team and building a stadium on the northeastern half of Barefoot Bay.
Secrets on the Sand (released in 2013)
Seduction on the Sand (released in 2014)
Scandal on the Sand (released in 2014)
At the end of the original quartet, three destination wedding planners decide to set up a business based in the resort, called The Barefoot Bay Brides. This trilogy tells their love stories and includes many details about popular destination weddings at the Casa Blanca Resort & Spa.
Barefoot in White (released in 2014)
Barefoot in Lace (released in 2014)
Barefoot in Pearls (released in 2015)
At the end of the Barefoot Bay Brides trilogy, Gabriel Rossi arrives at the resort with the intention of using the location as a cover for a covert operation that works as a privatized witness protection program, called Barefoot Bay Undercover. This prequel and trilogy tells the story of some of the clients of that operation and leads into Gabe’s own love story. These novels include elements of suspense, some dead bodies, bullets, and plenty of adventure.
Barefoot Bound (prequel – released in 2015)
Barefoot With a Bodyguard (released in 2015)
Barefoot With a Stranger (released in 2015)
Barefoot With a Bad Boy (released in 2016)