We have been out sailing for a week or so and are just catching up with the Royal Harbor news. Cell phones, ipads and the like are wonderful for people who want to go and still feel connected. Seems like every time we loosen the dock lines and take off we end up doing a deal or two.
We spent the time up and around Cabbage Key, Fisherman’s Village, Burnt Store, Uncle Henry’s etc etc. Nice sailing but good to get back in the house and at the dock. Most of the rain missed us.
So what is happening that you need to know about?
First the city has decided to again use the CODE RED program. This is where you may register your phones and if there is an emergency (like a hurricane, storm or other disaster) the city will mass call everyone on the list with up-to-the-minute details. I am told the information will be area specific, so be sure your address and community is correct on the information you send in. I am attaching the form you can use. You can fill it out and return it by e mail.
Next, the police are warning residents that people are stealing metal hurricane shutters. I am attaching this also, but overall it says while you are gone people come, remove your shutters and then take and sell them for the scrap metal. Be sure someone in you neighborhood knows when you are gone and is watching for you.
Here is some good news.
NPD Detectives conducted an investigation that led to the identification and arrest of suspect, Peter Spiska, who was responsible for committing several burglaries and thefts in the Royal Harbor/Oyster Bay residential and Old Naples business areas.
On June 6th,2013 building managers for the Fifth Avenue Executive Suites, 649 5th Avenue South, reported a commercial burglary. Prior to the burglary, Peter Spiska, 41, of Highland Ranch, Colorado, had inquired about leasing space at the location, and viewed the unit in person, but did not sign a lease. It was later determined that Spiska had unlocked a rear door, had been accessing the building, and was storing personal items inside, without permission of the building management. Building management advised that there was no reason that Spiska should be inside the building. During the investigation, Detective Razilou reviewed the items located within and observed a 26” black beach cruiser bicycle with “ape” handlebars within the unit. The bicycle was reported stolen on May 28, 2013 from the Naples Kayak Company, 183 10th Street South. NPD Case #13-01341.
Detectives, with assistance of the Crime Suppression Team, confirmed that Spiska did not have a local address, and conducted surveillance at the Fifth Avenue Executive Suites. On June 6, 2013 at approximately 6:15pm, Detectives and CST officers observed Spiska park his vehicle at the building next door, and enter the rear of the Fifth Avenue Executive Suite #214 in a surreptitious manner. NPD Detectives and Officers set up a perimeter around the complex. A CCSO K-9 Deputy responded to assist, due to the fact that the NPD K-9 officer was not on duty. With the assistance of the K-9, Spiska was located hiding inside the building. He was arrested without incident.
Spiska was charged with two counts of burglary to a structure related to the Fifth Avenue Executive Suites (units #214, #221). NPD Case #13-01341.
Spiska will also be charged with the theft of the bicycle from the Naples Kayak company.
Spiska is also a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred at 1365 Osprey Ave, NPD case #13-01315. Property from that burglary was discovered to have been pawned by Spiska following the theft. Additional charges are forthcoming for the theft of the bicycle and residential burglary.
The stolen property was recovered.
Officer in Charge:
Lieutenant Matt Fletcher
Naples Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
355 Riverside Circle
Naples, Florida 34102
If you are following this, the sand re-nourishment for the beaches is on hold now. Seems all the contractors that do this from a barge are contracted for this year and truck hauling is the only resort. Since no one wants this, plans are underway to move the project up a year. We will see how this turns out.
You know the park was approved on the Pulling property. This is good news but there is also not-so-good news. The city has decided to fund it out of your property taxes. There were other options but once again the easy mark was YOU.
I have been contacted by one of the big boat companies near Tin City about having introductory cocktail cruises on the bay this summer for residents. I will check this out.
We are still looking for ideas on the new water lines, cable companies, power lines, etc but frankly, the council and city closes up over the summer.
Royal Harbor has had a good selling season and it looks like it is continuing through the summer. Signals from lending sources are looking like rates may jump and a scarce inventory will complicate the process. Home prices have jumped up as have prices for condos in Oyster Bay and throughout the Royal Harbor area. REALTORS are out in force sending mailers and beating the drum for business. Looks like 2006 all over again. (well not exactly) Hopefully the recovery here will continue.
The rains are making the lawns fill in and look great. For you northerners—All is well.