Royal Harbor Update, 04/27/2017

There are a few things going on now, but mostly people are planning for the summer off. Yesterday I met with the city manager, Bill Moss, for the President’s Council meeting. Here is what is going on with the city.

First was street repairs. Gulf Shore Boulevard is getting new drainage system upgrades similar to what we had a few years ago. Some streets around the Naples Beach and Golf club are affected. Also there were several city streets that are to be resurfaced over the summer. None set for Royal Harbor though.

The new fire station plans are approved. It will replace the old station next to the City Hall. The old one will be torn down this summer. The new building will be a 50 year structure capable of withstanding a Category 5 hurricane. It will be roughly 20,000 square feet and nearly double the size of the one now. It will cost taxpayers over 6 million dollars. We saw plans; it is really something.

We also had a big discussion on landscaping noise led by the president of Gulf Shore Condominium association. He had done a lot of research and presented a very compelling case on noise reduction.

His premise was that the present gas-powered lawn care products are not being studied and improved upon to reduce noise. Makers have decided not to go this route but to put their R and D into electric machines. These include blowers, weed whackers, mowers and so on. He stated that these machines , although more expensive, are much quieter and had recyclable batteries that could be recharged using solar panels affixed to landscaper’s vehicles, very similar to the panels used by the boating public to recharge boats.

His idea was to try and see if Homeowner associations would buy into a voluntary program that would ask landscapers to start to convert these gas machines to electric or battery ones. He suggested starting with just blowers or weed whackers, and ask the lawn companies if they would agree to start using them. His thought is that if many associations insisted on hiring people that would convert, the noise level would decrease a lot. I think this has merit and so did many of the people in attendance. It was voted to try some experiments. One was to see if the City could get their landscapers to only use electric on areas around 5th Avenue, see if it makes a difference. Several other presidents said they would approach their landscapers to see if they would try it.

I will keep you informed on this. This approach uses the power of the purse, and it may well be an idea whose time has come.

Discussion then led to solar power. FPL is trying to outreach customers to increase their solar presence. They had several proposals that were presented, but all in attendance felt they were “ugly” and disrupted the beauty of Naples.

One of the firefighters in attendance had been working on the recent wildfire. He stated the fire was caused by a lawnmower. I read somewhere it was a spark from throwing a rock but he could not confirm that. Anyway it started from a small spark and the fire traveled a total of 9 miles before they stopped it.

You can see on the corner of Sandpiper and Marlin the county is now repairing the rail and pipe under the road. It has been the victim of a errant driver. Seems to be a good corner for this. However, if you drive through Royal Harbor, you might see how many mailboxes have also been bumped.

 

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Royal Harbor Views

Interested in seeing Royal Harbor from 100 ft. altitude ?

We’re new at this,so we expect to make some errors.

 

 

These shots are from about a year ago. More recent views to come later (hopefully)

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Royal Harbor Update, 03/31/2017

I guess you all know by now the RaceTrac gas station decision has been postponed until October.  So everything on that is at a standstill.

At the last presidents council meeting I attended the Fire Dept informed us of a new APP being used now in Naples. It is for volunteer help with people having heart attacks in the city. The app called Pulse Point can be put on your phone and will alert you if someone nearby is having a heart attack. If you have taken the class and have the app on your phone, you will be alerted to where the person is and also to where the closest defibrillator is located. Then you may start CPR and send someone to get the machine. My understanding is that the sooner aid is given the better survival rate the person afflicted has. Persons acting to save lives are not subject to lawsuits according to the instructors. More on this later or you can go to the city website for more information. Pretty good idea though.

Also on the city website is a survey request from the 5th avenue people. We are all aware that 5th is the main street of Naples and the businesses there and the city council are always looking for feedback on how residents feel the street is developing. Some like the new stores; others feel that there are too many Real Estate offices and restaurants and not enough little shops. Regardless, this is you chance to voice you opinion.

The city just did a new solid waste study. The city has not had a rate increase in this area in 15 or more years so a study was needed.  No one has been complaining about the service or the rates, and after a long presentation, it does appear the price may be going up about 70 cents a month. We will see what council votes on.

We will be getting the new directories next week. So, if you want yours and you are here in Naples I should have them by the middle of the week and you can stop by and pick it up. We will also have a “Directory Pick Up Open House” Friday and Saturday afternoon from noon to 4pm.  We will plan to be here at that time until 4 pm so you do not have to call, just stop and we will give you yours. After that, we will hand out some and mail the rest.

Lastly, on the Naples web site there is a short survey regarding storm water runoff. This really is a problem in some parts of the city and when it rains big in the summer many streets get flooded. There is also an issue regarding the 7 out-flow pipes that are spread down the coast that channel street run off out into the Gulf. Most really do not know about these but the State of Florida does not like this procedure. The pressure is on to replace it, but no one seems to know what direction to take. I mean it rains, it collects and eventually it all goes to the Gulf or the bay. Isn’t this just Mother Nature at work?

Terry

“‘Terry Forshier'” <sailsman10@comcast.net>

Its always something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Royal Harbor Update, 03/04/2017

I have had several people contact me about the next door email program they have been invited to join. This is NOT part of the Royal Harbor Association. Another REALTOR tried unsuccessfully to start this a year or so in Royal Harbor but most people did  not want their emails out on another list. As far as I know this is just a marketing tool and a way to gain lists of property owners emails. It is a nation wide program.

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 01/10/17

I have the new RCC cards and I am planning to mail them out next week when I can get volunteers to do it. If you want yours now, you may stop here and pick yours up. We ordered each family one card. They cost us $8 each so this will be your cost if you want another or extra one. Call me ahead so I here to get yours ready for you and make a note you have picked it up.

The new entry into Royal Harbor sign is now installed on Sandpiper Street. It took forever to get the OK and permit from the city to replace this sign. Working with government is frustrating, but thankfully our liaison from the city, Bob Middleton, helped and we got this done. We paid for this out of your annual $50 dues, just like we paid for the other two monuments and our electricity used there for lighting. This is a good reminder to all for when you are entering Royal Harbor.

 

Work on the sewer line is going on and should be completed soon so the detour sign will go away. It has led to more people stopping at the 4 way though.

I still have about 50 people from last year who have not renewed their membership. Please get this done this week if you can. Next week we will be sending out our board members to finish up this drive. They will be knocking on your door to get you signed up. I do not know why this is always such a monumental task.

ANNUAL MEETING  Since this is an ‘off election’ year we are not going to have an evening annual meeting and invite the city manager, Mayor, council persons, police chief and fire chief etc. Last year we had as many people on the agenda as we had from the community which shows there is not a lot of interest in coming to meetings. So we will have our ‘regular’ February meeting be the ‘annual’ meeting. All members are invited to attend. We will send our financial report out ahead by email. More details to follow after we meet next week to iron out the details.

Another change in our normal operation is that we are now going to offer the first year membership to the association free. So if a new member moves into Royal Harbor all we need is you to get their names, email and address and send them to us and we will put them on the membership rolls. This will recycle every calendar year. So please help us get everyone enrolled.

As you can see I am still acting as president of the association. I have agreed to continue awhile longer. Like it or not. HA HA

Terry

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Royal Harbor Update, 12/30/16

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a Happy New Year.

Here are a few items to update you on.

First a reminder of the work to be done on Sandpiper Street starting the 2nd. Where the little bridge is in Oyster Bay you can see the temporary patch of Blue pipe that the city installed a month ago. This is a sewer line patch and the city is going to fix it starting next week. They will be doing an under the road bore placing the new pipe so traffic may be slowed or even stopped for periods of time. If possible you should avoid this street. You can go down Marlin and take Palm out to 41 and avoid it all.

Another note on streets. Since the last update I have had multiple people contact me regarding speeding on Sandpiper and on the Streets in Royal Harbor. Especially Tarpon and Sandpiper past Marlin. Several residents say they have identified the habitual speeders and they are residents of the neighborhood. Please remember the people walking along the side of the street, biking the roads and walking dogs are your neighbors. We all need to slow down and realize the speed limit here is 25 in the neighborhood.

I now have about ½ of the people signed up for Royal Harbor association for next year. Next week I will be letting you know exactly who has and has not updated for 2017. Remember this is a voluntary organization. We hope that you feel the board here is helping the community and your membership is worthwhile.

Do you have a loved one that is not computer savvy but would like to receive daily emails? We have a Presto machine that does this. www.presto.com  We gave it to one of our parents who has passed now. So we have it and would like to give it to someone who could use it. It sets up and works over the phone line. Once installed (about 5 minutes) you can use it to send email and it prints out just like an old fax machine. So the recipient can stay in touch and receive emails from  the family. There is a very minimum monthly charge to Presto. If you want this call me and come pick it up. It worked great for us sending daily updates to grandma up in Illinois .

A resident on Tarpon contacted me last week and said someone took a Hobi Kayak off their dock. Sad to say they just missed it and do not know when, why or how, but use this as an alert to secure your stuff and keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Obviously someone just put it in the water and took off.

Lastly, it is nice to see you all back and the community full and bustling.

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Royal Harbor Update, 12/21/16

Thank you to the nearly 60 people who sent in their Homeowner applications for 2017. For the rest of you please try and get this done. Again if your data is the same all we need is your check, name and address and corrections for the directory. Also let us know on your proxy for the annual meeting. Application attached.

A couple things. January 2 the city will begin on fixing the sewer leaking pipe that has been temporarily patched along Sandpiper in Oyster 

Bay. This is by the little bridge and the big blue pipe is a temporary fix. The repair project will affect Sandpiper street as it will be one way in that area. There also may be delays as they bore drill under the road. So I will remind you again as time gets closer but that is what is going on there.

Also another Sandpiper Street reminder. The speed limit on Sandpiper is 30 mph and there is a stop sign at Sandpiper and Marlin. Complaints are still coming in from residents of speeders and reports of few people actually stopping at the stop sign. I am not the police, I am the messenger. If you get a ticket do not say you were not told about this. Right now this street is crowded with walkers, bicyclists, dog walkers, runners and lost drivers. Remember… please, this is Season AND PATIENCE IS REQUIRED.

Our new entrance to Royal Harbor sign that is along Sandpiper street just past Jewel Box will be installed next week. I hope you like it.

We also have ordered new RCC cards again for al members. These will be available next week too.

For all you boaters…Also attached is the proposed new manatee zone that has been, or will be, submitted to the State and Federal governmental bodies. This is predominantly to enforce slow speed zones. This is NOT yet a done deal, it is still in the planning stages. This is just to keep you informed.  Remember all canals are slow speed NO WAKE.

Only a few days now until Christmas. I hope you are all ready and all have a very warm, happy weekend. Thanks to all who put up festive lights and decorations. It makes our little Subdivision seem a cozy and happy place.

Since people are constantly moving in and out of Royal Harbor, Our Association Board now has a few vacancies we are needing to fill for next year. If you think you might be interested in working with us please send me your information and I will pass it on to the nominating committee. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at9:30 am at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. We, like the council, take the summer off from meetings.

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 12/13/16

Here is the 2017 application for membership in the Homeowners Association. This year Gil Leavitt  (and Mary) will be heading up the membership drive. As always if your data is the same and you are just renewing then you can just drop off your $50 check with your name, address and yes or no on your proxy for the annual meeting. I will have a box on my garage door by the flagpole on the front of the house for you to leave it. Knock and say hi if you can but just drop it off if you are in a hurry. We will do the rest.

Again this year the Christmas Lights at the entrances to Royal Harbor were donated and put up compliments of Harry and Allison Zea who live on Marlin Drive. THANK YOU for helping spread the cheer.

Hopefully you have not been stopped by the police for speeding along Sandpiper on in Royal Harbor. Complaints  were received by Council from residents last month regarding speeding so enforcement has increased. Remember this also if you are driving home after dinner especially if you enjoyed an extra glass of wine. Stop at the stop sign. They will be patrolling the area.

Season is starting and traffic is back as well as increased pressure on dining facilities. Best to try to go early or call for reservations at least a day ahead.

Here is the 2017 application for membership in the Homeowners Association. This year Gil Leavitt  (and Mary) will be heading up the membership drive. As always if your data is the same and you are just renewing then you can just drop off your $50 check with your name, address and yes or no on your proxy for the annual meeting. I will have a box on my garage door by the flagpole on the front of the house for you to leave it. Knock and say hi if you can but just drop it off if you are in a hurry. We will do the rest.

Again this year the Christmas Lights at the entrances to Royal Harbor were donated and put up compliments of Harry and Allison Zea who live on Marlin Drive. THANK YOU for helping spread the cheer.

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ROYAL HARBOR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION  MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION ………2017  

Name(s)___________________________________________________________________________

Children’snames________

Address____________________________________________

Phone Numbers

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(cells)______________________________________________

Emergency Phone number______________________________

E Mail address_(s)_______________________________________
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Send mail to__________________________________________________

Please return this form to and your $50 check to Royal Harbor Homeowners Association to Terry Forshier….1750 Sandpiper St…..Naples …. Florida..34102  Email….  Sailsman10@comcast.net

___ use this for as my proxy to the annual meeting

If all information is the same as last year just put in your name, check proxy, yes or no, and mail or drop off your check in the box by my front door.   1750 sandpiper St…Terry

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 11/17/2016

I know many of you are now arriving back in Royal Harbor. One thing I always found when I would get here was that I need to do some work on my boat. Seemed like no matter how well I thought I had put things away I always forgot to do something or something just broke over the summer.

Many of you already have a relationship with a boat repair person and many of you may still be under a warranty with the dealership. But those of you who are like me and  have a now older boat may need to have a repair man come to your dock and fix things.

I do know of some of these mechanics who work out of their Mobil trucks. Some have been good others not so good. If you contact me I can direct you to a good outboard specialist that I use with good results. I also can recommend a good diesel mechanic for you boat. Then too if you need something like an item put on like a new sounder or voltage regulator or whatever there are a few places I could steer you to. Also If you need bottom paint or repair I can recommend a good place that will offer you a Royal Harbor 10% discount.

So Just a heads up. Feel free to email me and I will be glad to share these contacts. I have no relationship or financial interest in any of these people. I do not guarantee you will like them but I did and I use these people and trust them to do a good job at a fair price.

Terry Forshier

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Royal Harbor Update, 10/27/2016

Incase you are here and wondered what was happening on Sandpiper St.

At approximately 11:45 AM, Wastewater Collections responded to a possible 12-inch forcemain leak on the east side of Sandpiper Street in the Oyster Bay area.  Crews arrived at the location and found sewer flowing from the forcemain that runs under the drainage ditch that flows through the box culvert into Oyster Bay.  The forcemain was shut down by 12:15 PM.  Based on an account from the property owner next to the drainage ditch, he noticed leak at 11:30 AM.  It is estimated that the forcemain leaked for approximately 45 minutes.  At this time, the volume of sewer from the system cannot be determined. 

One of the City’s underground contractors is onsite to replace that section of 12-inch forcemain as a temporary repair.  The temporary pipe will be laid along the top of the small bridge crossing the drainage ditch.  The long term solution will be to install a new section of forcemain under the drainage ditch via directional bore.

AS of right now they are still out working on this. 8 pm , Thursday night

Next from City manager Bill Moss on the new roundabout now open in Naples

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The City of Naples installed new modern roundabouts on Central Avenue at 8th Street and 10th Street.  The attached brochure is offered to assist Motorists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians in the proper use of roundabouts.

Please share this brochure with members of your organization, colleagues, and friends.

Thank you,

Bill Moss, City Manager

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