Setting for the Story

Where the Story Takes Place

Mangrove Madness happens mostly in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico — Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, and the islands off the coast. Ernie also ventures across the state to Miami, and her hunt for Alison’s twin brother takes her to the Bahamas.


Fisherman’s Island — Ernie’s home
Most often you will find Ernie on Fisherman’s Island. The island exists only in my imagination (and Ernie’s). It’s more or less located somewhere in the red circle on the map above.

A description from Ernie in the book:

This is not a luxury resort area we live in. It’s an island that you reach by boat. The developers haven’t found us. Some of the houses are cottages. Until a few years ago, electricity came from generators. We’re lucky to have a grocery store. Well, sort of. We have Billy Sue’s, an all-in-one pizza-breakfast-sandwich-grocery store. At the town dock, there’s also a tourist trinket shop-slash-bookstore-slash-hardware-slash-bait shop, along with gas and parts for boats and cars. Maggie runs that one. That’s it for stores on the island. Nothing fancy, but about everything you need. Most of the tourists are there for fishing, plus a few who like to rough it camp in tents at the south end.

fishermansI imagine it something like this with a few more houses. There’s a road down the middle and mangroves on the east side.