“an improvement in any home, is an improvement to the community”

Earlier this year, not long after the installation of the new HOA Officers and Directors, I was asked when we were going to start wearing our blue HOA shirts which were customarily worn at that time by the HOA Board Members.  My response was, “We are not going to wear them.  We want to be known by the things we do in and for the community, not for the shirts we wear.”

With that philosophy guiding us, we have been in fast forward making a concerted effort to be out and active in the community participating in District events, providing social events, fundraising, sponsoring things like the free smoke detector program and the DOR Question and Answer meetings, and of course opening our new office.

We are excited this month to announce the formal start of the New Helping Hands program.  While Helping Hands has been an HOA programs for several years and has assisted many people, its assistance was limited to replacing lamp post bulbs and putting numbers on homes.  The New Helping Hands program, represents a significant expansion to the assistance that will be provided.

The goal of the New Helping Hands is to assist those whose homes are in violation of the Barefoot Bay Deed of Restriction and who through no real fault of their own, are unable to make the needed repairs.  The focus of the assistance will be those homeowners who are disadvantaged due to handicap/health, age or finance.   The work performed will include such things as skirting repair, power washing, siding repair, yard work.

Helping Hands will be funded by HOA fundraising efforts and private donations with most work being completed by community volunteers.  Anyone wishing to volunteer or contribute to the New Helping Hands should stop by the HOA office.  Applications for assistance can be obtained at the HOA office any weekday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Roger Compton

$6,041.28 Valley National Bank CD
$6,159.16 Valley National Bank CD
$36,683.08 Valley National Bank CD  (Class Action)
$51,090.28 SunTrust CD (Class Action)
$7,874.67 Checking account
$107,848.47 Total


My name is Robert “Bob” Biehl, born and raised in Pottstown, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia.
I am a die-hard, 100% Eagles Fan.  You can tell by the Eagles tattoo on my forearm.
Married to Kathy and have two children, son Bob Jr., and daughter MaryBeth with two grand-daughters. I am a retired auto worker.  Moved to Florida 2003 and two years ago moved to the Bay where I work for property services and enjoy the Bay’s lifestyle. I am honored to be selected by the Executive Board and I am enthusiastic about the direction of the HOA.

July 1, 2017 – A letter from Mike McElrath, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager

Good evening folks. I apologize if this is lengthy, but I have a lot to say. First off, the totals. This morning/afternoon, we installed 259 smoke alarms in 103 homes. Let that sink in for a second. That’s 103 families that are now safer and more educated than they were yesterday. That’s 103 families that have a better chance of getting out of a burning home. That’s 259 chances to wake someone up in the middle of the night so they can get to safety.

Today, you not only installed free smoke alarms, you installed knowledge and preparedness in people…..and I think that’s pretty darn amazing. When you live in our most beautiful state, Saturday mornings are typically for sleeping in, hitting the beach, or playing a round of golf……but you guys chose to spend your Saturday helping your neighbors to be better prepared. Your JULY 4TH weekend, no less. That says a lot about you, as people, and I’m proud to serve beside you in this fight.

Many disasters themselves are not preventable, but we can prevent and mitigate the consequences. I have lost friends in home fires, and I don’t believe anyone should ever have to go through that. Nobody should ever lose their life in a home fire when it is so preventable. Thank you to all the Barefoot Bay folks that came out this morning….I have never seen such an outpouring of support from one community. It’s a real testament to how much you care for your neighbors. Thank you especially to Kathy Planinsek, Ann Manzo, Roger Compton, Kathy Lesh, and the rest of the Barefoot Bay HOA for your support and helping get folks registered, and for allowing us to bring this potentially life-saving service to “the Bay”. Last, but not least, thank you to our chapter’s fearless volunteers that made the trip down this morning. You guys are the reason I wake up every day and can’t wait to get to work. This brings our 2-month grand total in Barefoot Bay to 364 alarms in 149 homes. Personally, I would like to see 1,000. Just seems like a nice, round number. Enjoy your holiday weekend, you folks certainly deserve it. See you on August 5, and we’ll do it all again

The Barefoot Bay HOA Board’s goal is to put smoke detectors in every home in the Bay and we certainly have gotten off to a good start.  We would like to echo Mike’s thanks to all those who came out and sacrificed their Saturday, to make the community a safer place.  This is a wonderful program that the Red Cross has make available to us and we can’t thank Mike and other Red Cross volunteers enough, for their help and support to our community.  For those who have not signed up, you can go online at barefootbayhoa.com or go by the HOA office to sign up.

Two Director positions will become available at our next election in January 2018. Nominees will be announced at the November HOA General Meeting. The only requirements are: Must be a Barefoot Bay Homeowner, have a desire to become actively involved and continue to move the Bay forward in a positive manner. Contact the HOA office for more info.




After several years of absence, Barefoot Bay BINGO is back.  Now we really do have it all in the Bay.

Beginning Thursday July 27th and continuing each 4th Thursday thereafter.  It will be held in Bldg. A.  Doors and kitchen open at 5:00 and bingo starts at 7:00.  We expect a big crowd so come early have a bite to eat, stake out your lucky spot and be ready to play.

We will be playing 20 games per night plus one jackpot round and, yes, we will be paying out “CASH”. The minimum admission will be $15 and prizes will range from $35 to $50 with a $150 jackpot.

No one under 18 will be allowed in the hall and no alcohol will be sold or allowed. 


The following information was provided by Janet Goldman, the owner of the new travel agency, Cruise and Travel Partners, located at 311 Barefoot Blvd., next to Flip Flops and Barefoot Bay Realty.  Given the number of travelers we have in the Bay we felt like this was worth putting out to the homeowners.

“We were just notified by the TSA of the new rules that will be implemented on January 22, 2018.  This is going to affect many residents of Barefoot Bay and we wanted to give you a heads up so that you are not caught by surprise.  We will keep you updated as additional information reaches us.  Please feel free to reach out to my staff if you have any questions or concerns or need help in up-dating or getting a new passport. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

Yet another reason to renew that passport sooner rather than later.

Bad news for Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington: Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by these states will no longer be accepted at TSA checkpoints. They fail to meet the federal government’s minimum-security standards under the Real ID Act. Instead, travelers must use another form of identification to pass through security for domestic flights, such as military ID, permanent resident card, or passport.

While there’s been some confusion about when Real ID Act will be enforced, and what, exactly, the Real ID Act is, the TSA has taken advantage of the busy holiday season to warn travelers that they can expect changes in 2018. It announced that it would start posting notices the week of December 12, and signs have already been spotted at Chicago O’Hare and Minneapolis-St. Paul International airports.

Courtesy Department of Homeland Security

In 2005, following the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the Real ID Act was passed by Congress with the end goal of making fake IDs harder to get. U.S. states and territories were supposed to enforce stricter requirements when issuing IDs—demanding more proof of identity, incorporating anti-counterfeit technology, and doing background checks for those issuing licenses. If the nine states make a move to change their processes, the TSA has said it may grant extensions, and will update its signage appropriately.

Travelers who aren’t from those nine states won’t be affected by the enforcement of rules in 2018, but the government has mandated that all travelers have identification that complies with the Real ID Act by 2020. At present, only 24 states and Washington, D.C. have licenses that meet the standards set by the act. Remaining states have an extension through October 10, 2017 as they work to revamp their existing practices.

BINGO will be starting in the “A” Building Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. The Kitchen will   be   open     at 5:00 p.m.

SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM – The Red Cross will begin their 3rd installation on Saturday, August 5, and Kathy Planisek will again be looking for volunteers to help.

AUGUST GENERAL MEETING will be held on Thursday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. in the “A” Building. Our guest speaker will be a representative from the Water Company.  This will be a very informative meeting and will answer many of the same questions that our residents continue to ask.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES:   There will be two openings on the Board of Trustees in the fall.   We will be looking for two candidates that have the qualifications to continue to move us forward in a very positive direction. Please contact Dawn Myers or the HOA Office for details on the application process.

Barefoot Bays Country Hoedown/Throw Down, Saturday, September 2, 7:00 p.m. in the “A” Building. Kenny Williams will be providing the music. Get ready for some “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”.

NEW HOMEOWNER ORIENTATION will be held September 7, at  6 p.m. in the D/E Building. This “Meet and Greet” session is open to any Barefoot Bay Resident that is interested in learning more about the Bay.