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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Royal Harbor Update: 08/25/2016

As tropical system 99 approaches you should all check to see if you are registered with CODE RED in Naples. See Below from Bill Moss the City Manager.  Also a note on water quality and testing scams.

We know that residents are, once again, receiving letters or other solicitations regarding free testing of drinking water.

 

Please see the below message from your City’s Utility Department regarding these solicitations and the quality of the City’s drinking water.

On a different subject, we are currently observing the development of several tropical storms.  Residents are reminded to register their telephone numbers with CodeRED, the City’s emergency notification system.  Registration of telephone numbers is available through the City of Naples web site www.naplesgov.com.  Click the Code  RED tab in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.

 You may wish to share this message with members, associates, and friends.

Thank You

Bill Moss, City Manager

bmoss@naplesgov.com

Solicitations for water quality testing.

Residents may receive notices from companies promoting free water quality testing of drinking water in their home. This may include inspection of any in-home treatment devices such as a water filter, water softener, or any type of water purifier. The end-goal for these companies is the sale of a home treatment device, whether needed or not.

The people marketing these products may rely on high-pressure sales tactics using skeptical water testing tablets intended to change the color of the water. They may then inform a homeowner that the water is contaminated and should be filtered with their product.

We are aware of a tactic used that gives the impression that the company is affiliated with the City’s Utilities Department. This is not the case. The City of Naples Utilities Department does provide a service for our customers in instances where there are concerns related to water quality. However, that service is initiated by the customer and not through mail or a personal visit.

The City’s water supply is regulated by the USEPA Safe Drinking Water Act and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  The City’s drinking water meets or exceeds all drinking water requirements set by the Safe Drinking Water Act and Florida Administrative Code.  There are approximately 96,000 water quality tests performed annually by licensed staff in the City’s certified environmental laboratory. Other tests are outsourced to state-certified laboratories.  All drinking water sampling and testing procedures conform to the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.

If residents are interested finding more information on the quality of their drinking water, they should contact the City’s Water Treatment Plant at 239-213-3004 and one of our licensed personnel will be happy to assist. In circumstances where a visit to the residence is required, homeowners will immediately recognize the city uniform and badge worn by Naples employees.

Furthermore, upon receiving any form of communication or advertisement from one of these types of businesses, an internet search of the company may reveal reviews and comments on the history of the company.  We would encourage city water customers to research such companies prior to purchasing any home treatment systems.

On another topic of relevance. Here again on Mosquitoes and our area. From the county.

Hello Residential Community Partners,

As we enter the rainy season, the Department of Health in Collier, Collier County Emergency Management and Collier Mosquito Control District would like to share ways to prevent mosquito-borne illness.  Please consider the following public safety message. 

“We are fortunate that most mosquitoes in SW Florida do not carry disease. Most are only a nuisance. However, there are a few types of mosquitoes that can carry disease, which are collectively referred to as Arboviruses. The diseases potentially carried by mosquitoes could affect you or anyone in your family, including horses and canines. The diseases include Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Dog Heartworm. The best method to prevent arbovirus transmission is to prevent mosquito bites.  DRAIN standing water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers or any containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. COVER your skin with long pants and long sleeves. Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to exposed skin and use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. This “Drain and Cover” approach reduces mosquito reproduction and your personal exposure, reducing the risk of an Arbovirus. Stay safe by planning now!”

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Lastly, many of you have asked about the primary elections and who to vote for and who I think is looking out for this area. . If you want my opinion and picks just email me and I will gladly send it to you..sailsman10@comcast.net

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It’s always something

Terry and Rhonda

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 07/26/16:

Thanks to those of you who contributed earlier this year to the video camera project we just finished and installed in Royal Harbor. The following is proof that this was and is a great idea and is paying off. Feel proud that here you have made a difference. Read below..Terry

 

 The below information recounts an arrest related to construction site burglaries.  The referenced LPR cameras are those funded by the Port Royal and Royal Harbor Associations and recently installed by Tech Services.

 Bill Moss

City Manager

bmoss@naplesgov.com

 —-Original Message—–

From: Thomas Weschler

Sent: Monday, July 25, 2016 4:17 PM

To: Bill Moss; Roger Reinke

Subject: Excellent arrest

 On July 22nd, detectives arrested a subject that committing construction site burglaries in Port Royal, Royal Harbor and other locations throughout the city.  The investigators did an excellent job of reviewing the license plate reader (LPR) cameras and pawn records to identify the subject.

 Lt. Fletcher’s synopsis of the investigation is included below: 

 In July 2016, the City of Naples experienced a string of construction site burglaries, particularly within the Port Royal and Royal Harbor neighborhoods. At a burglary of a construction site on Rum Row, Detectives obtained video surveillance which captured the burglary suspect and suspect vehicle. Detectives spoke with a witness that described a small red vehicle leaving construction site occupied by a male and female. Detectives utilized the license plate reader (LPR) cameras located at the entrance to Port Royal to identify the vehicle as a Red Toyota Rav4 and the vehicle’s owner.  Through further investigation detectives were able to identify Kyle Nochta, 26, of 1775 Kearny Avenue, Naples, who was responsible for the burglary, grand theft and subsequent sale of the stolen tools.

 On July 22, 2016 Detectives observed that Nochta’s vehicle was in the area of Royal Harbor after passing the Royal Harbor Association’s LPR cameras.  Detectives responded to the Royal Harbor area and located Nochta and his vehicle.  During a traffic stop involving Nochta, Detectives observed several construction tools in his possession.  After further investigation, Detectives learned that he had just committed a burglary of two construction sites on Dolphin Ct. and Dolphin Rd.  Detectives arrested Nochta and recovered the stolen property.

 Detectives have charged Nochta for 3 counts of burglary, 2 counts of grand theft, and 1 count of petit theft related to these two cases (16-01593 and 16-01668).

 Additionally, Detectives have reviewed recently reported construction site burglaries within the City of Naples. Through pawn records, Detectives have probable cause and have linked Nochta as a suspect in relation to 6 additional construction site burglaries reported to the Naples Police during May and June 2016.  Additional charges on Nochta will be completed early next week. These burglaries occurred on Gin Lane, 3rd Street South, Spring Line Dr., Banyan Blvd., Cutlass Lane, and Tarpon Rd.

 During the month of July 2016, Nochta is suspect in 23% of the reported Part 1 crimes.  Nochta was released from prison in April 2016. 

 I met with Lt. Finman on Friday regarding a potential press release.  It was decided that we intend to issue a release early next week when the additional charges are filed.

 Chief Tom Weschler

Naples Police Department

(239) 213-4853

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Royal Harbor Update, 07/22/16

Last night a car on Bonita Lane was broken into and the contents rifled and a few items were stolen. The owners reported that the car was left unlocked. I have to admit last year I had the same thing happen to me with my truck sitting right outside my front room window in my driveway. I lost all the cash I had in my wallet as I somehow had left it in the car. Fortunately the wallet was left.  I know of one individual a few years ago who left a pistol in the car and it was also stolen. Right down the street on Marlin drive a resident caught a young man rifling through his car a couple of years ago. He heard something outside, opened his front door and saw the boy in the front seat going through his stuff. The boy fled and he chased him and saw where he went.  The police were called and eventually the young man was caught and went to jail.

 We all get distracted and forget to secure our property. we have to lock our vehicles and be aware that there are people out there who think it ok to steal from us. When you are a victim please call the police and report it. Vigilance will enable the police to apprehend the criminals. Better to call and nothing result than to ignore and have this continue. This is Especially important now that many are gone.  Police Number is 213 4844  (emergency is still 911)

The new video cameras are great and police can search through them to see suspicious activity and have a better chance to apprehending someone.

Also do not forget to put up motion sensor lights in your driveway. If someone stalks around your car, many times a light in their eyes will deter them .

Once a community gets a reputation of policing their neighborhood word gets out and that community becomes less of a target.

 

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Of Interest – Royal Harbor from 100 ft. altitude

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Royal Harbor Updates : 07/07/16

This is extreme heat even for here. In the years we have been here, this tops them all for a prolonged and early heat wave. At least there are no storms on the horizon. Guess we have to be thankful for air conditioning. The heat has really put a damper on the market though, as there are not too many buyers looking right now. This is a good time to be out on the water fishing the coast early mornings or catching the tide looking for Reds or snook. (I myself have not been very lucky but some are doing great)

In the city there are a few things going on. One is the settling in of the new Fire Chief. As you know our last chief was let go. He was not a favorite of mine, as I, and many of my colleagues, felt he was empire-building and exaggerating in his reports. It now appears this was the case as many of the firefighters have now acknowledged.  He was eager to enlarge the department and increase the numbers. Since we already have a huge unfunded pension liability in this department, the city managers were trying to get a handle on this and also trying to keep the balance of what we can afford and what we really need. The fireboat is a good example. The old administration tried unsuccessfully to get council to vote them a new fireboat, but they would not. After a couple years getting no where on this, the Police requested a new boat for the harbor. This boat was approved, but to make this story short, after a couple years, this is now the new fireboat. Working the system.

Anyhow, the department is now transitioning how they do calls.

As you know if you live here… If you call in for an accident or health problem, you get an ambulance, a ladder truck and a police cruiser. Well, this is a pretty big response for someone who fell or someone who had a stove fire and put it out but still called it in. Or any number of minor accidents that get called in. So I believe these calls are now being screened and the department has a smaller vehicle they send out for these calls. The utilization of these vehicles is now being looked at. (the reason being we do not need a million dollar ladder truck being used for minor calls) So using smaller specialized, less expensive vehicles makes sense. Next is the review of staffing these vehicles and the ongoing discussion of whether we need new people for this or if we can cross-use personnel. This is what is happening now. I will keep you informed as we go along since our taxpayer dollars are funding this. Do not expect logic to prevail on the first round.

Another big thing going on is the Triangle redevelopment. You must know that this area is undergoing a major transition. Those little shops in that area will be gone in a year or less and in their stead will be bigger, taller, expensive enterprises. Exactly what and how they will all go in there is still under review, but now there is a 9-story condo building and an 11-story and an 18-story building proposed. Chances are these will be toned down some, but the values here will increase many fold in a few years. This is why we have county commissioners and county staff to review these projects and make sure they fit  and are safe and do not cause a burden on existing residents and businesses.  Lastly, the RaceTrac gas station will be decided this coming fall. I know many are against this, but I also know many are not. I will say this, those against have put up a valiant fight against near impossible odds. We will see.

Real estate values continue to slowly rise in the area, but we are not nearly as high as 8 years ago. Maybe this is good? New homes continue to sprout up as every piece of unused ground is being snapped up and converted to housing. I will look at this as the summer progresses and have more to report then. Prices on these look big now, but perhaps in a few years people will be saying. “boy we should have bought then”

Taken with my iphone on the intra coastal between here and Marco island. Wild hogs

 

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Royal Harbor Update: July 2, 2016

I have a message from the county regarding mosquitoes. I am passing this on to you. You may wish to print out the flyer.

Hello Residential Community Partners,

As we enter the rainy season, the Department of Health in Collier, Collier County Emergency Management and Collier Mosquito Control District would like to share ways to prevent mosquito-borne illness.  Please consider the following public safety message for your residents’ newsletter or weekly bulletin. 

“We are fortunate that most mosquitoes in SW Florida do not carry disease. Most are only a nuisance. However, there are a few types of mosquitoes that can carry disease, which are collectively referred to as Arboviruses. The diseases potentially carried by mosquitoes could affect you or anyone in your family, including horses and canines. The diseases include Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Dog Heartworm. The best method to prevent arbovirus transmission is to prevent mosquito bites.  DRAIN standing water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers or any containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. COVER your skin with long pants and long sleeves. Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to exposed skin and use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. This “Drain and Cover” approach reduces mosquito reproduction and your personal exposure, reducing the risk of an Arbovirus. Stay safe by planning now!”

Below, I have provided a mosquito graphic you may want to incorporate in your newsletter. Please consider reproducing the attached DOH mosquito protection flyers which are in English, Spanish and Creole for your community residents. I also have mosquito posters in Eng/Span/Creole. If you would prefer a poster, let me know and I will send them to you immediately.

As always, DOH-Collier and Collier County Emergency Management are here to assist you with your community’s and residents’ preparedness efforts.

Stay safe by planning now!

ZIKA Mosquito

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Royal Harbor update: 04/12/2016

Again thank you to all who donated to the camera fund. The install crews will be on site at the 2 corners on Thursday andFriday to do directional bores and to install the poles. We are all good to go.

Also, if you did not get this before…the donations you made are tax deductable since we are a non profit organization. We can provide you with our number if you think you need it.

Also, I am in discussions with another association in the area interested in buying our present camera equipment, so it will not just be discarded.

Attached is a garbage gram from the city.

I hope you have a great summer.

Terry Forshier

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