Royal Harbor Update – April 16,2018

Even though season is winding down there is a lot going on.

The Collier county commissioners have stalemated on the tax hike they were contemplating. It seems to me that, once elected, government officials feel their job is to grow government. In this case there was a long list of projects that the county wanted to fund. Some of the commissioners felt, as I do, that many of these projects should be funded from other sources not taxpayer’s backs. Even this sales tax is a tax on us. The big selling point on this was to be that 30% would come from tourists. Well, that left 70% to be paid by you and I. Regardless, this is just another government hand in your pocket. Next is affordable housing that many feel we are obligated to fund. I am happy to report that several of the commissioners and I agree that the marketplace is where affordable housing should take place and not out of the taxpayer’s coffers. When the government starts interfering with the natural flow of the housing market they just create disaster. How many housing projects have you seen that end up, more or less, as slums? Probably most or all. When the government starts to adjust costs to make things more affordable, they are sooner or later going to end up with an area that stands out as less desirable than its neighbors. This, in turn, pulls adjacent neighborhoods values down also. I believe this is the thought process being used by some of the commissioners and I applaud them for it.

This is not a done deal and if you disagree and have better ideas I know they would love to hear them.

If you recall last month I sent out a notice regarding the beach access bill that was coming up. This bill was sponsored by our representative, Kathleen Passidomo. I met with her and listened to her explain the process outlined in the bill as it stands. The media has turned this around and has done its best to sensationalize it. They slant it so that it appears the average citizen has lost his right to walk the beach. This is just more FAKE NEWS. In reality, this bill allows citizens to petition local courts to allow public access to private land. If successful, then the public is granted access. Many are already trying to tie Governor Scott to the bill since he signed it. They hope to use it against his Senate run.

I include this because this is our money and our government, and we need to be aware it has our best interests in mind.

If you recall many were asked to write to the county regarding the property at Marlin and Sandpiper. The marshy acreage that lies between Sandpiper Bay Club and Royal Harbor. Although noting is definite I was told this week the county has moved this parcel up to #1 as far as properties to acquire. So maybe this will get put into conservation land. that would be a great solution.

Naples has a great volunteer community. People who give up their time and talents to serve the rest of us. One of the nice things that can happen is that occasionally one of these people is recognized for their service. We have a local resident in Royal Harbor who was recently recognized by being named a SAM NOE AWARD Winner.(details at http://www.naplesgov.com  ,search for SAM Noe Award )Please congratulate Jim Krall, 2190 Sheepshead, for his outstanding work on our behalf and his award.  

 

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Royal Harbor Update-March 17, 2018

After the Annual meeting, there were several people interested in being on the East Naples Taxing district. This is the gov body that recommends improvements etc to the waterways and canals in Royal Harbor and Oyster Bay. I know some have applied and hopef ully they will kick start the removal of the rocks in our canals. Just so you all understand what we are talking about here are some photos I took when the back hoe was here last time and began removing some of the rocks. As you can see these are Big. The pieces we see here were broken off larger rocks. I am assuming these are the parts that were sticking up in the canal. When your boat hits this you know it. Many have ruined props and running gear and busted and cracked keels. To be fair, the rocks were always there since the beginning of the canals but last time the objective was to have them removed.

There are still things being repaired after the Hurricane. Signs in the city are still on backorder and by the summer we should have them all up and in the right places. This included stop signs, street signs and information signs. This from the city.  Our Welcome to Royal Harbor sign just south of Jewel Box on Sandpiper, by Jim and Nan Morris’s house, should be up this next week.

As you drive around you can see sea walls still caved in, trees or stumps still sticking up, missing signage, docks in poor repair and some blue tarps on roofs. The dock people I have talked to told me they are at least 6 months out on scheduled work. Sign people all over town are overwhelmed as you might have noticed by the many blown out signs.

This city is finalizing its street repair work and budget for this year. Since the hurricane, some of their items have had to be pushed back. I am not sure at this time what we might get in Royal Harbor.

If you have driven out 41 East you can see all the new development underway. Every week another large parcel of woods has been leveled for something. The Parcel just before the shopping center and McDonalds that was just leveled is going to be a new Hotel complex. On down is a new O’Reilley’s Auto Parts store next to Autozone and then it just keeps going with new businesses and housing all the way to 951. 

Here is the Real estate MLS activity since the last update starting 2/25/18 until now

1920 Tarpon………………………………………………….price decrease to $3,695,000

2275 Trout ct…………………………………………………price decrease to $4,395,000

2540 Tarpon………………………………………………….Sold. $1,950,000

2192 Kingfish…………………………………………………New Listing..$3,595,000

2450 Tarpon………………………………………………….Pending w/contingencies…List price $3,685,000

1560 Bluefin………………………………………………….Pending  w/contingencies..list price $1,295,000

1305 Marlin…………………………………………………..listing terminated

2155 Tarpon…………………………………………………new listing $1,695,000

Until next time,

Terry Forshier

President royal Harbor association

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 02/03/2018

First, I have attached the year-end financial report from our treasurer.  If you have any questions, you can refer them to Mike Kehoe. Mkehoe14@comcast.net     

Next, remember the Royal Harbor Garage Sale is happening on Saturday Feb 17. You can participate by contacting Nancy Lockwood. She has the applications and will be taking them to the city for approval. She needs them ahead of time, so if you are going to have a sale, please let her know next week. Yes, the city requires all participants to register.  Nanseajo37@gmail.com  

Nancy will put an ad in the paper and make handouts for people coming into Royal Harbor. These will show the locations of all people having a sale. This will be a busy traffic morning, so be patient. Attached is an application for you to print out. PDF format (you may have to click it 2x)

Our annual meeting will be held at our regular time at 9:30 am on Tuesday the 20th. It will be at the Naples Sailing and Yacht club. More on this as we near the date.

I met yesterday with Senator Passidimo at the City Presidents Council. She informed us of several things that were working through the State Senate that will affect us.

First, as I have alerted you earlier in my newsletter, there is a bill now moving to address Beach Usage. You may know Real Estate law gives the landowner title and rights to all land upward from mean high tide. In many cases, this includes part of the beach. In some cases, it does not. It all depends on the size and configuration of your beach. Those who have had beach re-nourishment may indeed have more “owned beach” than those who have had their beach eroded away. Also, Florida has a practice of allowing public use on all the beach. This, while not specified in law, appears to have some standing in the courts. This means, in our language, if people have been walking over and using your land, they may be allowed to continue to do so. Courts vary in interpretation. I am not a lawyer and am only reporting what I heard. But, this problem keeps rearing its head and wants to be heard. 

Vacation rentals are also a hot topic in the Senate. We all know what is happening in residential neighborhoods. Homes are leased for short-term rentals to vacation goers. Many times this is disruptive to full-time residents as these vacationers tend to have late noisy parties and have little regard for neighbors’ peace and quiet. Not only this, but the Hotel industry is upset as they see this practice as stealing their customers. Then the cities are upset as, most of the time, no Rental Tax is collected and submitted. AirBnB, VRBO, and on and on. Although the organized companies are agreeing to collect fees and watch over the conduct of tenants, etc., there is also the Mom and Pop rentals that the city has no way to regulate. Then there are ordinances that are on the books in cities and in Home Owner associations that have to be dealt with. Will these be erased, allowed to continue, or something in between?

So here we are. The state wants to regulate all, and local cities are tired of the State thinking one size fits all and mandating regulations. Then there are the property rights of owners that have to be respected.  Like most things today, this will take compromise. Senator Passidomo seems to me to have a good handle on this, and I feel she will keep us informed and try to keep our neighborhoods as neighborhoods.

This coming Tuesday, February 6, is Election Day for our City Council members.  Four are running for three spots.  I can’t stress enough how important it is that you go out and vote.  The statistics will show how many have voted from our neighborhood, showing the Council how important our voice in Royal Harbor is.  The sign of my favorite candidate is in my yard.  PLEASE VOTE and make your voice heard!

Lastly, we have worked on the entrance monuments and have them looking much better. Still, we need to decide the next step.

Enough for now. But there is a lot happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My pride and Joy

Terry Forshier

RH Cash Flow Report for 2017

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Royal Harbor Update 01/19/2018

The Royal Harbor Garage Sale is now scheduled for

Saturday, Feb 17.

Application link. Scan0598              See below for instructions. This from Nancy Lockwood.

Need the applications in no later than noon on Wednesday February 14th. 

Questions  239- 250-3897

2150 Shad Court  nanseajo37@gmail.com

This is how it works. Everyone having a sale needs to fill out the form as it is required by the city. (and yes they do check these) You are allowed to have one garage sale per year.

Once you fill out the form, email it to Nancy or deliver it to her. She will then go to the city and apply for everyone.

On that day, you may open and close at your time schedule. Royal Harbor will post a newspaper ad telling people of the sale. We then put out Flyer boxes on the corners of Dolphin and Marlin for people to pick up. They will have a map with the locations of the various sales going on. We usually have hundreds of people come, so this is a good time to get rid of that stuff you keep moving around in your home and attic.

As a reminder. City elections are on Feb 6 this year. 

Our voting precinct is on Riverside Circle off Goodlette near the police station.  It is important for everyone to vote. Some have already voted absentee. Thank you for those. One very good reason to vote is so people will take us seriously when we ask for help or need something from the city council. If we request something and the council people look and see that people in Royal Harbor vote, then they will respond quicker and usually give us their attention. If, however, no one seems to care, then the reverse may happen. So in order to keep us up front and the council aware we are here, we need to make our voice heard. So… please vote.

Scan0598 (Click for Garage Sale Permit)

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RH Aerial


DRONE VIEWS by the BAY

Editor’s note: If you are using WINDOWS, clicking on the images below will bring up a large view. You APPLE users can tell me if it works the same for you. These shots were taken some time ago, so some homes shown as being under construction have probably been completed. We are still working on posting videos and hope to have them soon.


 

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Royal Harbor update 12/08/2017

There are several things happening you need to know about.

I have been contacted by two residents regarding roofers in the area. In both cases people said the roofers were walking around and trying to solicit business.  One case where a woman called to find out the approval process by the HOA. Since there is none I assume the supposed roofer does not know this area, the city codes etc and is likely not the roofer she should use. She also said that the roofer was pushing her to sign up for a new roof and not do the patching job she called on.  The second was last night where 2 men were walking around after dark ringing doorbells and soliciting roof work. The resident notified me and I called and reported them to the police. The police came right out and left here looking for the men. I do not know the outcome. Soliciting is not allowed in the city. Please report any like activity directly to the police.

Earlier this week a resident on Tarpon road called police about rental fraud. She stated someone came to her home and produced a rental contract showing that they had rented her home for the upcoming week. The person was packed and ready to move in. Since the owner knew nothing of this, police were called. It was a case of rental fraud using Craig’s List. The hopeful renter was out $1700. Charges were filed against the unknown perpetrator. This is not the first time this has happened here. Someone takes pictures off the web (maybe from a for sale site like MLS< TRULIA< ZILLOW) then they set up an ad using these, and collect deposits of rental income. They are never seen again, and the renter is out the money. I had this happen to one of my Royal Harbor listings but fortunately the renter called me to ask about some detail in the home. I advised them of the fraud taking place and turned this over to the police.

Many of you have received a letter from FPL about insuring your water line from the street to the homes. After investigating I found that this is not from Florida Power and Light but a sub contractor that is selling insurance that will cover this cost if your water line fails. The City of Naples water district is not part of this. From the letter it looks like the insurance company can tag on the $4 per month onto your FPL bill. Then they somehow collect that from FPL. Sign up at your own risk.

RCC cards are being mailed this weekend. If you are signed up for 2018 you will get yours. If not, then you will not get one in the mail. Right now, about 100 people have not renewed their membership. I am working on getting a printable list from RCC on places the cards are accepted and the discounts available.  You can find a list at www.RCCCards.com.

I had several people volunteer to work on the monument entrances. Since they are decorated now, we will do this after Christmas. The lighting at the main entrance to Royal Harbor looks great.

A new resident would like to organize social groups in Royal Harbor based on interests. Our board member for community activities and myself think this might be something many would want, so I attach this request to all of you. Respond directly to her.

dollyroyalharbor@gmail.com

 

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Royal Harbor update

What a summer this has been. Irma was the biggest event we have had in awhile and we escaped from what might have been a real disaster for Royal Harbor. We did have problems though. One was our new sign.

Unfortunately this sign is now gone. During the clean up of the big tree that fell across Sandpiper Street, it got destroyed and hauled away. I turned this into the city hoping for some relief from insurance. (either the city or the contractors) but so far no one will help us. So the $1625 we paid for this appears to be lost. I have ordered a replacement. We are not broke, but our reserves are smaller than we would like.

This leads into  our membership renewal. Those of you who are not new, remember we paid for the new cameras that are now installed at each entrance. Many of you contributed to this and the balance was then taken from our Royal Harbor funds. (the $50 each of us pays for membership into the association) this is voluntary and most of you do join. We also give new residents the first year free. This is our only income.  So it is time again for renewal.

I am attaching here the new 2018 form. If you want your name in the Royal Harbor directory we will need your renewal by the 31st of December. All those received after will not be in the directory as we take them to the printers the first week of the year.

We also need to know if there is a demand for the RCC cards? Every year we get them at a discount and order one per membership.  Some on our board want to know If this is something we need to continue. It is time to order them so let your local board member know or email me if you have an opinion.

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Royal Harbor Update ..Halloween

The Annual Royal Harbor Trick or Treat Extravaganza is set for

October 31st

5.30 – 7.30pm 

Streets off Dolphin Road at the north end of Royal Harbor

Lastly, if anyone from the other areas of Royal Harbor would like to pass out candy to trick or treaters, we have several residents who have not arrived yet, so I am happy to set you up on one of our available driveways.  Please just give me a call, and I will get you a driveway. Let’s make this Halloween a fun one for the kids! 

Thanks very much!

Maureen Minker

239.777.7118

 

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Royal Harbor Update (Halloween)

 

Reminder to all Royal Harbor residents. The Royal Har­bor Homeowners Association is setting up the Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat night. Once again the commit­tee has chosen homes on the North entrance for this event. It will be held Tuesday evening October 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. (Halloween)

Residents along the street will be asked to volunteer to host little treat stands for the trick or treaters. Invite your friends from other Royal Harbor streets to join your set up and enjoy the costumed families as they walk the street.

The Naples Police have agreed to come and provide secu­rity and solve traffic issues on the street.

If this is new to you, please ask around. You will find this is a very fun and successful event. We will send out more reminders as we near the date. Oh yes, grown ups are en­couraged to dress up and participate also. This is a super fun night. Lets put Irma in our wake and move forward.

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 09/20/2017

Things are a lot better today. To my knowledge power is on in most or all of Royal Harbor. Some streets like Pelican in Oyster Bay reported no power yet. There may be some individual homes not on due to downed lines. I know many parts of Port Royal and Old Naples are still not on yet. Last night coming home about 7:30I passed many lineman trucks throughout the city. 7or 8 coming out of Royal Harbor area on Sandpiper. Hopefully the power issue for all is behind us.

Collection of trees, limbs, branches, fronds, bushes, etc. will start on Friday in Naples . This does not mean it will start here in Royal Harbor then so if yours is not picked up that day, have patience, it’s coming. You need to have it in a pile at the end of your yard and not on the street. Also, if you pile it with other debris such as shingles, tin, furniture, carpet etc they will pass you by and not pick yours up. You need 2 piles—separated. I know this is a pain and some yards just do not have the room. I am just passing this on.  If you drive around, you can see this ranges from large logs to half trees to palm fronds. This will be a big undertaking and I cannot imagine where they will haul and dispose of all this. There is an internet flier circulating that goes into depth with pictures on this if you need more clarification.

Also if you need help and do not know where to get it…the paper has been printing a page full of documentation on what services are out there and phone contacts. This is a good resource to cut out and keep handy.

Collier County lifted the boil water ban. I have not heard from the city other than they are planning to get results of their samples Friday.  I would hold off drinking the water until then.

Mail delivery is way behind. They are trying, but the back up is all up the line as deliveries had not been made to our area even before the storm and all that mail has to come through the pipeline. My data plan with Verizon emailed me last week that I was exceeding my limit. We called them and they said that they would forgive any overage due to the lack of wifi and the hurricane. But you have to call them and ask for it. So if you are using your phones, ipads, kindles etc without wifi and using up your data plan, you need to call and see if you can get that fixed to save some $$$. I think all carriers are doing it.

Both Publix and WalMart are open, but some shelves are still bare. They tell us that shipments are coming.  They should be back to normal by next week.

Hurricane Maria is turning North and should not be our problem. Thank goodness for that. Still, what a season. Really, very few homes were demolished in this area. Some older ones and those in low-lying areas suffered most of the damage. Assessments are not all in, but overall we fared very well considering there was a 142 MPH wind clocked at the airport only a few miles from us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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