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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Royal Harbor Update: September 17,2018

What a week. If you are like me, you spent a lot of time watching Hurricane Florence and remembering just a year ago this was us. All hurricanes are bad on those they directly affect, but they also affect us in ways we may not realize. Take our insurance costs. Big disasters cause all at-risk areas to get increases. This includes homeowners and boat insurance especially. We are all waiting for the shoe to drop on flood insurance. We know that the federal government now is subsidizing most of the cost of this and that they are looking to slowly ween the public off the subsidy. These big expenditures for coastal housing recovery will add fuel to those wanting to cut back on the governments costs.  As we look at North Carolina, one can see that with the enormous amount of rain, areas not in flood zones will flood. So many will need assistance and have nowhere to go as flood insurance was not available. Then those who chose to gamble and did not buy the insurance will be stuck also. Expect this to be a political football in the elections. But the outcome will affect your pocketbook.

The city has a new manager. I have not met her but the newspaper has done a good article about her past record and it looked like she got a vote from every council person. I think she starts right away.

On flooding again. You know whenever we get a big rain in Naples there is flooding along the gulf coast road. Along this road in various spots the city has large outflow pipes that collect water in and along the road and lets it flow under the roads and under the beach out to the Gulf. If you walk the beach these are visible. The State of Florida has mandated for nearly a decade that the city make a plan to eliminate these. The state has said unless the city resolve this they will not permit sand nourishment along the beaches. (among other threats) The big problem is no one knows what to do with the rain water when it builds up. If you cannot funnel it to the Gulf, then what?   A remedy has been proposed that will involve the city collecting the water in underground drains, pumping it to a central holding area, filtering it and then pumping it out over 1000 feet into the gulf. If approved, it will be done over the next 3 years. I do not remember the cost, but it will be plenty.

I was told all the street signs, stop signs, etc should be fixed and looking good by the end of November.

I am sure most have heard Naples is a Blue Zone city. This means that the city has voted to try and follow the Blue Zone  guidelines. This nationwide  program has many facets. Some are community events. (getting communities to go on walks, projects etc to bolster fitness and neighborly spirit,) they also have restaurant guidelines asking for healthy meals, (a number of city restaurants are now doing this). So healthy eating, fitness and community. Good concepts. Where we fit here is unknown.

The city is also doing a city-wide vision statement to try and see what the residents of Naples would like to see happen in the next 5 to 10 years. To do this they are trying to get volunteers from all the areas  in the city to be represented at various meetings. These area representatives would speak for their respective areas and carry back to their associations the thoughts of others for their consideration. Anyone out there interested in volunteering for this?

Real estate since the last update:

8/27   1939 Tarpon            Pending w/Cont     listed at $1,200,000

8/28   2375 Tarpon            New                           $2,395,000

9/10   2540 Tarpon            New                           $2,580,000

9/12   1560 Bluefin             New                           $3,997,500

9/12   1920 Tarpon            New                           $3,800,000

9/13   1300 Cobia               New                           $1,599,000

9/13   2155 Shad Ct           Pending                     listed at $3,900,000

9/14   2500  Tarpon          Sold                            $1,900,000

More later

Real estate since the last update:

8/27   1939 Tarpon            Pending w/Cont     listed at $1,200,000

8/28   2375 Tarpon            New                           $2,395,000

9/10   2540 Tarpon            New                           $2,580,000

9/12   1560 Bluefin             New                           $3,997,500

9/12   1920 Tarpon            New                           $3,800,000

9/13   1300 Cobia               New                           $1,599,000

9/13   2155 Shad Ct           Pending                     listed at $3,900,000

9/14   2500  Tarpon          Sold                            $1,900,000

More later

Terry

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Royal Harbor Update, August 6,2018:

I got word this week that the deal on  the property at the corner of Sandpiper and Marlin, the 13 or so acres, that the county agreed to buy as preserve, has fallen through. >From what I saw in my email the seller wanted more money. The county explained it can only offer fair market value and that after the appraisal was done the seller did not take the deal. How disappointing.  I have no other details but will send them on when I do get some.

Most of you have received your sample ballots for the primary. It appears to be a crowded field. I always am confused when it comes to electing school board and judges because you never get any feedback on them. I just do not know them. I have reached out to some of my friends in political circles to find out which of these thinks most like I do. If you are like me, and want help in deciding, I will be glad to send you my picks. If you have a special candidate you like, then please feel free to share that. I know we do not all like the same things and am just offering.

I met with a potential customer this morning and talk centered around the coming market. He felt that the climate for selling would be good this season and was wanting data and my opinion on his property. Thinking some of you might also be in similar circumstances, I can tell you the feeling in this conversation was that the market will be good for sellers this year. We have a low inventory on the market and now many Northerners are starting to sell out and come down to get their slice of paradise. I know of several homes that were and are held off the market still waiting for the effects of Irma to be repaired. These will likely be up for sale as the season comes. So remember higher inventory means prices go down, and lower inventory means prices rise. In 2007 the bottom of the Royal Harbor market was approaching 1.3 million dollars. Now after the recession and bottoming out at in the $600k mark, we are seeing Royal Harbor prices all over a million dollars again. Some asking prices are in the 4 million range right now. Whew!

Since many of you are boaters I want to share with you the ongoing process I am in after lightning struck my sailboat. I admit as this started I was skeptical of the process and the people I would have to deal with. First, I have BOAT US insurance (by Geiko).  I called and they were right on it. In a day or so they sent a surveyor out to verify the claim. She helped with getting the boat hauled for inspecting the bottom where the lightning bolt probably grounded. Next, she recommended a company to do the appraisal for the damage and helped with the logistics in setting all this up. After conferring with the people on the damage and agreeing on the repair, an estimate was approved by the surveyor and sent to Boat US. They called a few days later and approved the claim. 
Within a week they mailed out the check for the repairs and assured me that if other items appeared after this first evaluation, I could apply for further repairs. Repairs are now underway and hopefully, in a week or two I will be back on the bounding main. Ha Ha  Seriously, this has gone too smoothly, surely something will mess up.

It is still hot and this is the rainy season, but we have had to use sprinklers because the rain is not often reaching the coast. If you are gone for the summer you may also be experiencing higher than normal water bills because of this.

Lastly, we do have a few volunteers out with traps catching Iguanas. If you are seeing one or more, let me know, and I can have someone come over to your home and set up a trap. Reports are that iguanas are really taking a foothold in Marco Island and many have been seen now in the islands between us and them.

More later

Terry Forshier

President Royal Harbor Association

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Royal Harbor Update: 06/20/18

A few things that are going on.

If you did not know SW Florida is known for the many lightning strikes we have here. This is really serious. This week a home in Royal Harbor was struck. The fire dept came and fortunately, there was little damage. However, lightning also hit my sailboat in my backyard canal. Not so fortunate here. I guess I will test how good BoatUS insurance is. So far things do not look so good. But this reminder. Lightning can strike many miles away from the actual storm. A few years ago a man standing on the steps of Tommy Bahamas was hit by a bolt of lightning in the middle of a clear sky. Last year a man and his pregnant girlfriend were struck on Ft Myers Beach.  Every year people are hit by lightning here.  So be careful and stay sheltered in these storms.

Last month in the canal between Snook and Sandpiper St. we had an alligator swimming around. This was a 6 plus footer. So if you are planning to jump in the canal look twice before you leap. Ha ha

An  Iguana was also spotted in Royal Harbor last month. I am told they do not bother people but I would not like to see one. Remember this is right near the Everglades so we have wildlife here. Just avoid contact if possible and you can report any sightings to the city.

Royal Harbor residents, Stansfield’s, have been fostering this cat part-time. They would like to know if it has a home here or not. If this is your cat please contact  them  sonya.stansfield@gmail.com

Real Estate Update since the last posting’

6/1     1920 Tarpon            Expired                      $3,550,000

6/15   2156 Tarpon            Sold                            $1,050,000

6/18   1503 Marlin             Pending                     listed at $1,995,000

6/18   1840  Sandpiper     Price Decrease        $1,159,000

Terry Forshier

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Royal Harbor Update: 5/29/18

Wow, last night when I was out checking my boat I was nearly carried away by mosquitoes. I came in and was covered in them. It is time to call or contact the mosquito control people to ask for spraying. You can do this in 2 ways. One is to call and report we need sprayed. The number to do this is 239 436 1000. If you would like to get the recording of scheduled spraying you can call 239 436 1010.  Remember the more people call in and complain, the quicker we get on the schedule.

The other way to report and ask for spraying is by going to the APP. YOU HAVE TO DOWNLOAD IT TO YOUR SMART DEVICE. It is Collier Mosquito Control District. Once downloaded you open it and follow directions. Please take a minute and do this. We need to get those little buggers before they can multiply even more.

I am asked to remind people that Naples code does not allow personal signage to be placed on the right of way (or even in your own yard) If you are driving around this area you may notice personal portable signs placed on the side of the road. These include…Thank you for not parking on my grass,

Drive like your kids live here and please slow down. Please remember this is the city code and these signs are subject to removal by the code officers or citations to the owners of the property. The Code personnel does not want to have confrontations with residents so by this email we are asking you to remove them.

I am sure you are aware by now that the council has approved the design for the new Hotel and business complex  in the 3rd avenue area. I am a supporter of this as that valuable area has been an eyesore for far too long. In case you missed this…the land between Naples Sandpiper Bay club and Royal Harbor’s Sandpiper Street has been selected to be purchased by the county to be used as set aside, preserve. This eliminated the worry about a development there. Thanks to all who worked on this and to all of you who took the time to write to the county about this. It made the difference.

The construction at the intersection of 41 and Pine, just west of McDonalds is going to be a Woodbridge Suite Hotel. It will be an extended stay facility as is the new Hyatt on the causeway. Hopefully upscale and look nice.

Trio that was scheduled to start at the point on the triangle has gone on hold, as I am told the developers have difficulties. The development behind Trio (to the East) with the three 13-story buildings and the commercial and residential mix is still progressing.

The lot that used to house Publix and Boat Us and Payless etc is reportedly going to be an apartment complex but this is second hand.

Royal Harbor Real Estate activity since last time:

4/30   2156 Tarpon                        Price Decrease        $1,248,000

5/3     2068 Snook Dr                    Price Decrease        $1,750,000

5/4     1840 Sandpiper                  New                           $1,295,000

5/8     1525 Bonita Lane               Withdrawn              $1,595,000

5/9     2156 Tarpon                        Pending                     listed at $1,248,000

5/11   1560 Bluefin                        Sold                            $1,180,000

5/16   1955 Tarpon                        Sold                            $2,030,000

5/24   2135 Snook Dr                    Sold                            $4,150,000

5/29   2450 Tarpon                        Sold                            $3,550,000

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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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