Royal Harbor Update: 02/03/2019

First is the NCH (community Hospital) problem between the Hospital and the independent doctors. The policy has been reversed and back to its former status where your doctor will be allowed to admit you and be part of your medical care team. Hopefully, those in this dispute will be able to put any hard feelings aside and they can all concentrate on patients wellbeing.

If you follow the city government you know there is a vacant seat on the council.  There are 3 announced candidates now and a 4th coming Monday. Bill Moss, former city manager, has put in his paperwork and running for the seat. The official announcement will be Monday. This will be a very interesting dynamic if he is elected, as he probably has more firsthand knowledge about the city than anyone.

We are now finalizing the agenda for our annual meeting. It will be at the Sailing and Yacht Club again this year and will be at our regular meeting time of 9:30 am. February 19. I am enclosing the financial statement from last years collected funds for all to see here. At the meeting, we will be able to answer any questions you may have and the approve it.

Our slate of officers from the nominating committee are..

Terry Forshier…….….1750 Sandpiper

Mike Kehoe…………..1407 Marlin

Maureen Minker…..1525 Bonita Lane

Donald Miller………..2350 Snook

Ed Thieme…………….2170 Snook

Fred Hoffmann……1303 Wahoo

Katie Reese…………..1303 Cobia

Kimberly Alvord…….1580 Bluefin

Mike Rinaldi…………..1667 Bonita Ct

John Heinze………….1800 Sandpiper

Jim Doane……………..2240 Tarpon Rd

 

I have had a lot to say on the Vision statement over the past month. Now it will be your turn to have a say. The city will be mailing each of you a survey postcard asking you to log in and voice your opinions on various issues. This is your opportunity to have a say in how you wish to see the city grow and operate and where you think we should be heading. Everyone will have a log in number to identify you as a city resident. This will not, however, identify you, so your opinions will be anonymous, just as a resident. The reason for this is so non-city residents cannot control the issues in the city.

Many have heard about the Bay restoration projects. Here below is the scoop. Please follow up with the appropriate persons as indicated in the article. I hope this answers your questions.

Restoring Oyster Reefs in Naples Bay

A new oyster reef restoration project involves creating 5 acres of oyster reef habitat in Naples Bay.  Over the past few decades, oyster reefs in Naples Bay have experienced an 80% decline, due to urbanization and channelization. This oyster reef restoration project aims to place oyster habitat substrate (concrete, limestone rock, and shell) at three sites in Naples Bay to provide habitat for oyster colonization.

The goals of this project are to:

  • Restore a portion of the oyster reef community
  • Improve shoreline resiliency through protection from storm and wake surge
  • Improve water quality through restoration of filter-feeders
  • Restore other ecological components e.g. fish and invertebrate populations
  • Increase community awareness of the benefits and ecosystem services provided by living shorelines

This project was made possible through funding by:

  • The City of Naples
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center, Office of Habitat Conservation, Coastal Resilience Grant Program award #59-6000382 ($484,244)
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program with a grant from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management awarded under the Coastal Zone Management Act; DEP Agreement No. CM820 ($30,000)
  • Community volunteers and donors, including local residents and businesses, Naples Chapter Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (CCA Florida)

Construction has begun on the largest site of the project, Site 1, which is just north of Bayview Park.

The map on the left below shows the locations of the proposed oyster reefs. The diagram on the right shows the layout of the reefs at Site 1.

 

The community may get involved by volunteering at our oyster reef events. We held our third oyster bagging event last Saturday (26th January), with over 40 volunteers helping to create oyster bags. We will soon be posting a fourth oyster bagging event to complete the bagging prior to deployment for reef construction at Site 3 (just north of 41 bridge, near Rock Creek entrance).

Volunteer Opportunities:

      Oyster bagging – TBD 2019

Reef building Site 3 (oyster bag deployment north of the 41 bridge – near Rock Creek entrance) – Saturday 4th May 2019

Please contact Katie Laakkonen for more information or to sign up at klaakkonen@naplesgov.com.

MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE:

Here is a link to Natural Resources Division website:

www.naplesgov.com/naturalresources

In the Environmental Management section more information can be found on our Oyster Reef Restoration project:

https://www.naplesgov.com/naturalresources/page/restoring-oyster-reefs-naples-bay

Stephanie Molloy, PhD

Natural Resources Manager

City of Naples

295 Riverside Circle

Naples, FL 34102

Ph (239) 213-1031

smolloy@naplesgov.com

 

 

 

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Real Estate Update:

1/21   2211 Kingfish          Price Decrease        $2,495,000

1/22   1571 Bonita Ln        Price Decrease        $3,095,000

1/22   2275 Trout               New                           $4,195,000

1/25   2111 Tarpon            New                           $2,195,000

1/26   1660 Dolphin           New                           $4,975,000

1/26   1355 Marlin             New                           $4,675,000

1/28   2310 Tarpon            Sold                            $3,400,000

1/28   2120 Sheepshead  Pending                     listed at $2,495,000

1/29   1366 Marlin             Terminated              $1,697,500

1/29   1366 Marlin             New                           $1,375,000

1/31   1810 Kingfish          Price Decrease        $1,275,000

Terry Forshier

President Royal Harbor Homeowners

 

 

 

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Royal Harbor Update:12/24/2018

 

You may remember last week someone found a set of car keys on Tarpon Road. I sent out a picture in one of my updates but had no response. Well, at our board meeting this week I gave them to Officer Davis, (our neighborhood police officer) thinking someone would call the police to see if they were turned in. Officer Davis attends our meetings and updates us on police matters. We let him lead off the meeting so he can then leave and continue his patrol. Well, he took the keys and after about half an hour he returned to tell us he drove down Tarpon punching the button on the key fob and actually found the car and returned the keys to the owner. Well, see, for at least one resident there was a small Christmas Miracle. Maybe you will be next.

I now have most of the renewals but there are still quite a few not in. Some of you have sent checks but not picked up your RCC card and flags. It would be much easier for us if you would stop and knock on the door and get yours. For most of you, you pass by my house daily anyhow.  Also if we have not met or seen each other in a year, it is nice to say hello again.  

On a personal note..

A friend of mine has two tickets for the 2019 Super Bowl, both box seats. He paid $2,500 each but he didn’t realize last year when he bought them, it was going to be on the same day as his wedding. 

If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place…It’s at Holy Cross Church on Lake Ave at 3 pm. The bride’s name is Nicole, she’s 5’4″, about 115 lbs, good cook too…..She’ll be the one in the white dress.

Merry Christmas to you all

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Royal Harbor Update:12/14/2018

 

There are a couple things to  update you on.

Most are aware by now of the doctor/ Hospital feud that is being waged in the city. There has been a lot of this now on the TV and in the Naples Daily News. Full page ads from both sides of the issue have been printed and yard signs have sprung up and most people have picked a side to support. Since this issue will affect any of us who may need medical services in Naples I urge you to research the issue and weigh in on it. Both the City council and the county commissioners have sent letters to the Hospital asking them to rescind the newly instated policy’s and try to find a compromise or solution.  I am unaware of any resolution in sight at this time. However, you may wish to contact your local doctor or anyone you know at the hospital and talk to them. We really do need to resolve this issue in the city.

Naples has also decided to update its vision plan. What is a vision plan you may ask? (I did.) Well, Naples has had a published 42 Page vision plan that it has used as a guideline over the past decade. This written guide deals with the way city government is to steer the city in all of its various functions. By this, I mean in physical growth like city codes for buildings, homes, density, and how to handle non-conforming buildings and requests for variances and zoning changes. So how it will physically look. Then it deals with things like the Bay, the gulf and our waterfront access and how we are treating this resource. Are we following good stewardship and how best to keep this asset pristine and beautiful?. Then they look at the overall welfare of citizens. Are we keeping a good, clean safe environment for our residents? Are we governing our parks, recreation areas and streets and neighborhoods in a manner that reflects the way our residents want? The new statement will try to find out what kind of Naples you want to be living in in the next 10 years. New surveys will go out, there will be town meetings you may wish to attend and other means you, as residents can weigh in and give your opinions. Remember this is our city. We select the govern sment we want to lead us and the path we want them to take. This is your opportunity to help make Naples even better than it is now. Information will be coming  to you all regarding when and where and how to be heard as we move through this process. For now, be thinking about this. You may have ideas no one has thought of yet and your ideas might be something that could change things for the better.

****If you have paid your homeowners association renewal by mail, PLEASE STOP BY OUR HOUSE and pick up your RCC Card and American Flags.****

There are still people we are waiting on to reaffirm if you want to be in the directory. If you already renewed this will be the last time you should see this. We will send only to those we have not heard from. If you are living next to new owners how about stopping over and handing them an application to fill out. Since we give the first year free they need only drop the application off and we will give them set them up with an RCC card and set of flags. Be a goodwill ambassador.

Real estate activity since the last post…

12/3   1860 Sandpiper      Terminated              $1,595,000

12/3   2310  Tarpon          Terminated              $3,495,000                     

12/4   1807 Snook             Price Decrease        $2,885,000

12/8   2140 Shad Ct           New                           $2,795,777

12/10 1555 Dolphin Ln     Terminated              $3,275,000

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Royal Harbor Update:12/05/2018

Right after the last update I sent out, my email quit working. After some unsuccessful attempts by me, I turned my phone and iPad over to Rhonda. She immediately found the problem. It seems, according to Xfinity, someone had tried to hack my email, and Xfinity (Comcast)  had closed my account. Well, long story short she got me running again. But I tell you this because several times these past few years someone has hacked in and tried to use email messages to scam money from our Royal Harbor Treasury and from some of the board members. As examples, someone on two occasions wrote to Mike (our treasurer) under my name asking him to send a check for ($5,000) to an overdue account. Then someone used different board members names asking from one member to another if they could go out and buy multiple $50 iTunes and Amazon cards. They wanted them mailed somewhere and that they (using another board members name) would reimburse them when they returned home from out of town status. So to all of you beware of things like this.

The biggest scams though are happening in the real estate business. This is how it works. Most transactions today are on email. Contracts are emailed, filled out, scanned and returned. Negotiations are emailed back and forth and, when resolved, are finalized in contracts that get emailed. So during transactions, emails go from REALTORS to attorneys, to buyers, to sellers, to lenders and to appraisers. Contracts and parts of contracts go back and forth many times. Here is the tricky part. Hackers somehow get into the loop of these back and forth emails and follow along on these transactions. Everything appears fine and the closing gets set. Then right before the closing, the lender for the buyer gets an email directing them to wire the funds to a numbered account for the closing. The next day, closing day, everyone is waiting for the arrival of funds. They call the lender. Lender says they sent the money yesterday and show the transfer. The numbered account is the hackers and the money is gone. So whose money was lost? Buyers? Sellers? Banks? Guess you need to ask your attorney on this one, but you can bet there are lawsuits from everyone blaming everyone. In Naples, this can mean millions of dollars lost and to my knowledge, I have not heard of a single hacker being caught. So be careful out there. Be sure your transaction is safe. Check it, check it again and finally check one last time.

Next, we need to look at the Naples Community Hospital situation. If you are here and if you listen to the news or read the newspaper you are undoubtedly aware of the situation created when NCH decided to ban independent physicians and assign “hospitalists” to new patients. There has been a lot of discussion on this in the paper and online and in the media. Briefly, the local medical society, which is made up mostly of independent physicians (your doctor, my doctor etc) have been opposing this move. Most residents have independent physicians as their primary care doctor and they do not want to have a new and unknown physician assigned to them, they want their own trusted doctor.

At this time the Hospital has refused to meet with the local doctors and or community groups who want to stop this. The hospital board, as I know it, does not want input. They are just making the change and that is that.

I understand the City Council is going to have a discussion on this.

***Please take a minute to catch up on this issue and then send an email to council@naplesgov.com (you can just click this link.) to ask them to support our local physicians and residents in this endeavor.

Nissan keys found at end of the drive at 1875 Tarpon. Claim them here..

Lastly, I know I send this one out every year. Its funnier to me than to Rhonda. Huh?

Terry Forshier

President

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Royal Harbor Update:December 3,2018

We now have about 1/3 of our past members renewed with their checks and data sheets. Several of you have notified me that you will be coming by and dropping yours off when you get into town. This notice is going out to everyone so you may have already renewed, if so, just ignore this part. Starting next week the notices for renewal will only go to those who have not renewed. So after this, if you get an email we do not have yours. Also after that, we will be asking our board members to contact those of you who we still have not heard from. To remind you to renew.

*** If you have MAILED your check, or DROPPED OFF your check when I was not home, PLEASE STOP BY and pick up your RCC CARD and YARD FLAGS.  This will save us having to distribute by hand.***

We need your data so we can include you in the Royal Harbor directory. If you are renewing and your data is the same, you do not have to fill out the form. Just let us know about your proxy for the annual meeting. Presently our nominating committee is preparing the slate for 2019. Know anyone that would like to apply to be on our Royal Harbor Board? Email me and I will pass it on.

Are you wishing you knew more people here, would you like to be more involved in what is going on in Naples? Here is an invitation from the city for you to become an ambassador.

Hello,

I would like to reach out to the local housing associations in Naples to see if there is any interest from community members in getting involved with various activities around town. We are looking for people to help at the Naples Preserve, the parks and beaches, afterschool programs etc. If there are any upcoming association meetings that it would be possible for me to come to talk please let me know. If you have any space where we could post a flier about our Volunteer Ambassador program I can send that as well. If you would like any more information let me know or give me a call: 239-213-3061

Thank you and best regards,

Doug

Douglas Mitchell

Recreation Supervisor – Norris Community Center / Cambier Park

Community Services Department

755 8th Avenue South – Naples, FL  34102

dmitchell@naplesgov.com   www.naplesgov.com

PHONE: 239-213-3058   |  FAX: 239-213-3053

For those following Real Estate sales, there was nothing reported sold in Royal Harbor in November. Pretty unusual. Below is the activity on new listings and price decreases and terminations since my last update.

11/21             2100 Kingfish          Price Decrease                    $2,975,000

11/23            1555 Dolphin Ln     Price Decrease                    $3,275,000

11/22            2295 Snook             Back on Market                  $5,500,000

11/24            2150 Tarpon            Expired                                  $1,349,000

11/26            1810 Kingfish          New                                       $1,350,000

11/28            1860 Sandpiper      New                                       $1,595,000

11/30            1660 Dolphin Ct      Terminated                          $4,850,000

11/30            1355 Marlin             Terminated                          $4,550,000

11/30            1650 Dolphin Ct      Terminated                          $3,295,000

Many residents are now returning to Naples from their summer places. They come home and find that their boat won’t start, a tree has fallen down in their yard, they have toilet leaking, they find a wet spot on the roof, their dock needs repair and the list goes on. Many of these people call me and ask if Rhonda and I know or can recommend someone or company that can solve their problem. Here is where you come in. Do you have a provider that has done great work for you that you would recommend. If you do and will email me the information I will pass it to these new people when people ask. I will tell everyone that we do not guarantee anyone but that these providers have done good work in the past. I will then just keep an informal list and pass on all recommendations and any comments you wish to include.

Terry Forshier… president

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Royal Harbor Update: 11/22/2018

First let me wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Holiday season is always busy but there are a few things you should know so please take a moment to read through this.

Many saw in the paper that Port Royal was able to get the city council to pass the parking ban on commercial vehicles and trailers. They are especially targeting the big landscapers trucks with large trailers that can collectively hold a weeks work of clippings in their beds. These will no longer be allowed to park on the street, toss out a couple cones and stay there for hours taking over half the roadway. On other vehicles like builders trucks, suppliers trucks etc; they will also have restricted parking. This community has been working on getting this passed for several years. It may well be that the rest of the city will follow suit. You may want to think this over because we will be looking at this in Royal Harbor too.

Next there is a major change happening at our local community Hospital. It has to do with NCH changing how your doctor will be allowed to administer your care in their facility. The Hospital is now assigning each patient one of their doctors called a Hospitalist for your stay there. My personal doctor feels he is being “shut out “ as do all of the doctors I have spoken to. If this new policy stands, then I am told many will begin using the “other Hospital” for their patients.  All of the homeowners associations in Naples that I have spoken to or had email contact with are against this. Our board voted to join with them to ask the Hospital to reverse this decision. I urge you to follow this as it unfolds and consider your health care and how this will affect you should you need to be hospitalized. There is a lot to this and not nearly enough time or space for me to really go into it here. I will report more as it unfolds. For now please join in the protest however you can. If this really is a community hospital shouldn’t it reflect the will of the community it is to serve?

Our membership drive has started for 2019. It really is mostly a renewal but there are new people and we want them to be a part of our association. Attached here is an application. You can print it out and fill it out and return it to me. If you have a new neighbor, please consider taking them an application. The first year here is free, so all we need is the application. If they will stop it by, I can then give them the card and flags and explain what we are doing to better the community. So Far I have about 75 renewals. Starting next week board members will be contacting people to remind them to renew. We need the renewals in so we can order the directories. If you have questions, contact me or any board member listed in the directory.

Many of you who came to the door last week with your renewals asked about my boat and the lightning strike. Well, I am happy to say all is well. It did take 4 months to get things corrected and working again but Boat US insurance was easy to work with. I had SEA TEK do the work and although they were slow they were thorough. I guess all is well, now just finding time to get out on the gulf and raise those sails.

A short personal note here…

Sometimes it’s hard to keep a positive attitude. Things in life seldom go the way most of us would like them to, but we all plow on and deal with life in the best ways we know how. Another Thanksgiving is here and a time when most of us will probably spend at least a little time thinking of the things we have to be thankful for. This is the positive part we like to remember. It’s good we have a day like this especially in times like we have now. It is easy to watch the news or read the paper or your favorite magazine or surf the net and get bombarded with tons of negativity. This past month I was amazed at how mean and hurtful some of the political ads were. I am glad that is in the past.

I hope for each of us that on Thanksgiving we all can take a moment, maybe at your dinner table, maybe playing with your kids or grandchildren or maybe with your spouse as you turn out the lights at night, to just say thanks for the things and people making your life worth living and bringing joy to your heart.

If we would all do that we might wake up Friday with a better, more positive outlook.

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Royal Harbor Update:10/30/2018

I just went to the Norris center and voted. There were a few people in line but I only waited a few minutes. Still, it was a steady stream. I heard there was a big wait Sunday at the courthouse and also last Saturday. The point is there will be a big turnout and the smart voter will go early and get their vote cast. Saturday is the last day for early voting.

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 10/25/2018:

Early voting starts today. You can go to the Norris Center in Cambier park or the courthouse and get your vote cast early. No lines. Be sure to vote..

Here are some photos of past Royal Harbor Halloween nights. Don’t miss out. Just come over and walk around.

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Royal Harbor Update, 10/09/2018

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Royal Harbor Update:October 3,2018

If you have not registered to vote you have a week to get it done. You can do this at City Hall, the courthouse or online. This year is critical for Florida and the two platforms have never been more polarized than now. Even nationally many are watching Florida as a microcosm of the nation.

This year we have 12 amendments to vote on. These range from allowing felons to vote, offshore drilling, casino gambling, victim rights, dog racing and property taxes among others. All these will affect life in Florida, and you need to voice your opinion by voting.  Please take the time to register and vote. I think in the last election about half of our residents actually got out and voted.

Landscapers here in Naples will soon have to contend with a new parking law that is going into effect in some parts of the city. Now these lawn trucks and trailers will not be allowed to park in the street, set out a couple cones and block traffic on one lane. The areas that are implementing this will require lawn and other worker trucks park in driveways or on your lawn but will not be allowed to block the road. This is an issue that could come up here in Royal Harbor so be thinking about it. Another issue is noise, I reported last year that some areas are no longer allowing gas-powered lawn tools. They are requiring electric ones that are many times quieter. Some experiments were done on this over the summer, and it will be interesting to see how these worked out.

We have a new city manager. Charles Chapman. He was offered the job after the first candidate turned the offer down saying housing costs were too high for her. (did she not look at this before she went through the 6-month process of applying and interviewing  for the job?) Just saying.  I have not met him yet.

I keep seeing the commercials for the 1% increase in sales tax. Remember, if you think we are taxed enough, this is your chance to vote NO. One advertisement has a lady saying, “well its only a penny” do not be fooled it’s a penny on every dollar you spend. That adds up to quite a bit. The ad says something like $150 per household, but that is the tax on $15,000. Think you can live on spending $15,000 a year?  Do you think that if passed this will actually end in 7 years? You know that at that time the government will tell you we need the money and it will cost you no more than you are paying now. They always find a way to keep taxes coming in.

Someone reported they had White Fly in their palm trees Royal Harbor… I hope not but you better check yours to see.

Also, I saw a big alligator last week in Naples Bay in the river by Naples resort and Naples Sailing and Yacht club. Look before you jump in.

The board is working on the Halloween venue for this year. More to come.

Real Estate happening since the last update:

9/19   1939 Tarpon            Sold                           $1,150,000

9/19   2540 Tarpon            Pending                     listed at $2,580,000

9/25   1650 Dolphin Ct.    Price Decrease        $3,295,000

9/26   2155 Shad Ct           Sold                            $3,570,000

9/27   1300 Cobia Ct          Pending w/Cont     listed at $1,599,000

9/27   1539 Marlin             New                           $3,295,000

10/1   1571 Bonita Ln        New                           $3,295,000

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