Despite being a made-up place, I can see it in my mind as if it were real.
Located on the coast in Southern California, it is between Santa Barbara and Ventura, but closer to Ventura, still in Ventura county.
This is a shot from the 101 highway of some houses in Carpenteria--which is a real town fairly near to the location of Rocky Bluff, a town that is divided by the 101 like Rocky Bluff is too.
Carpenteria may have been similar to Rocky Bluff in days gone by, but now it is a much larger town.
The geography of Rocky Bluff is similar to Carpenteria in that it is situated near the ocean, with a wonderful beach for residents and visitors to enjoy. That's more or less where the resemblance ends.
My fictional town is butted on the north side by a bluff that rises upward--a place where the rich have built larger homes--and from where the town gets it's name.
The main street, Valley Boulevard, divides the town from the beach and the houses that have been built on the slope that rises toward the highway and a road going under the bridge. On the other side are small ranches and orange groves. The land continues to rise upward into the hills.
On the ocean side of Rocky Bluff a series of beach cottages are in various stages of disrepair, as they've served as rentals for many years. The Rocky Bluff Chamber of Commerce, plans to raze the houses and build expensive beach condos, a plan most of the Rocky Bluff residents are unhappy about.
The members of the Rocky Bluff P.D. wish that the RBCC would consider financing new equipment and hiring more officers. The RBPD has been underfunded and understaffed for years.
And that's just a peek into what Rocky Bluff looks like.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith