Royal Harbor Updates – Summer re-cap

September 18

First the cat was found shortly after the last posting. It was not my cat. I was just doing my duty posting for the owners. I am happy to say all is well on that front. Most of you know how attached one gets to their pets.

If you are driving into Royal Harbor on Marlin, past the flagpole , look at the curbing. Thank Mark Miller who lives out on Tarpon Road for his paint job. Here he is early Sunday ready to paint.

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The rain yesterday poured 3.75 inches into my rain gauge in about 30 minutes. I mean it was a goose downer.  Sandpiper street down by Bluepoint had well over a foot of water in the road. Even after the new drainage tile they just put in there.ted down the sign proposal to allow arrow direction signs for Open Houses in Naples.

Most know that the city council voted down the sign proposal to allow arrow direction signs for Open Houses in Naples. I heard it was a 3 to 4 vote.

September 16

We have lost our cat, Lily, this morning and was wondering if you could kindly advise residents to keep an eye out. We are at 2120 Sandpiper Street and our cell number is 239 595 3123.

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September 11

You may remember the discussion over the last year involving the adding of firefighters and the purchase of a fireboat and on and on. All these additional costs were asked for by the fire Department in order to insure our state rating for insurance did not drop below a 2. (1 the best 5 the lowest) It was argued that insurance companies rates are connected to these values. After much discussion and investigation we found that a rating drop of 2 to a 3 would not automatically affect most insurance costs in Naples. However, all this is now moot as the city has found areas of improvement to rating-measured items that has allowed the city to keep its #2 rating. I believe because the citizens in Naples weighed in on this issue, we have saved a LOT of money and forced the Fire Department to improve in other less costly areas. Thanks in large part to the many of you who took the time to write the city council and express your views. Here is a link regarding firefighters in the Boston area. Good to read and digest. Plenty of firefighters, but where are the fires? – Ideas – 

There are still many issues that are not resolved with the fire department and its spiraling cost. As they get discussed and/or ironed out, I will report them and ask your opinions. The pension reforms are still being challenged by the union.

I sent the results of the polls we took  to the council this week. It does appear that the cut outs may be approved but not necessarily the roof structures. It also appears that there is a lot of resistance to Open House signs at the council level. In our pole 100% of responders felt that arrow signs  should be allowed. Some wanted restrictions but all felt that this was a silly rule and one costing the city additional business. Several of the council members cited the city attorney who stated that allowing Open House signs would open the door for signs like dating services and other advertisers. I find this an unworthy argument and one reasonable people could resolve. Somehow, when this topic comes up, many on city staff think it is humorous and poke fun at REALTORS caught with signs up. You can voice your opinion to staff and council and the mayor on these issues by emailing council@naplesgov.com

Love to paint? We could use a volunteer or two to paint the curbing around the island at the entrance at Marlin and Sandpiper. (where the flagpole is) If we paint the curbs we are allowed to use white paint. If we ask the city, they may send out someone with safety yellow. There is a big aesthetic difference. Let me know  and I will get you the supplies. 732 1238

September 5

The topic of Open House signs came up at the Presidents Council meeting. The topic here was whether arrow or direction signs for Open Houses should be allowed in the city of Naples. The code now states only one Open House sign is allowed and it is to be on the property. No arrow or direction signs at this time are allowed in the city. The discussion is that many people drive around neighborhoods looking for Open Houses on weekends. In many cases if Open Houses  are on a main street and the Open House is down at the end of the street, one would not know it was there.  What happens in real life is the REALTOR (under direction of the owner usually) puts up an arrow sign at the end of the street to tell passersby that the home is Open today. The REALTOR goes to the house, sets up, and waits.  Next along comes code enforcement and they pick up all the arrow signs and load them into a truck and then take them to the city building where they are eventually thrown away. Result is, the REALTOR spends an afternoon and no one shows up and sellers are disappointed because buyers drive past the street unaware of the Open House.

Since Real Estate is big business here in Naples, it is argued by many that this is another form of city regulation that has gone too far. Many ideas have been tossed out. One I like is to set a time (say Sunday afternoon) ALLOW SIGNS UP DURING THAT TIME, have REALTORS put their names on the signs and have them be responsible to retrieve them when the Open House is over. Signs not picked up can be confiscated or the REALTOR could be fined or something.

Anyhow, this, or something like this, would enable buyers and sellers a valuable tool that is now not available. We have been asked to ask our members how they felt about this issue. If you have an opinion, please let me know. As a REALTOR with first hand experience with this issue, I am hoping for some form of compromise, but we will see.

On the survey about the boat docks, I did hear from many of you. Most felt that roofs over the cut outs were something they did not want. Most also felt that a cut out would be ok. One or two were against the whole idea. So I will be sending the results along to council along with any feedback from this topic.

 Pets, I have had several complaints about pets this past week. One person said a dog chased and nipped at her, several complained about owners not picking up after their pets and one complained about pets not leashed. I love pets but please remember to mind and pick up after your pet.

 If you are one of the new members and did not pick up a discount card or a directory, I still have some available. Call or email me and I will leave one for you.

August 13

I send these emails out 3 or 4 times a month. As your president  I try to keep up on all the news that pertains to Royal Harbor and try to summarize this into readable and understandable short messages. I try not to take sides in controversial issues, but I am sure many times you can see through my words to my true feelings. All that said, as you read these, please understand I am not trying to push any political agenda, but understand, too, I am a conservative and believe in minimal governance. These are my thoughts and not those of everyone on the board.

So here we go again. Many have read about the sand re-nourishment needed on our beaches. It appears we are going to have trucks hauling sand in over this tourist season. The city is having a special session to go over this issue next week. They plan to nail down many of the ‘so far’ undecided issues involved in this major undertaking. For now, I will not go into detail, only to tell you that the first article in the newspaper touting the truck haul as a cheaper alternative was bunk. Thanks again to Councilman Finlay, who actually did the math and his homework, it now has been disclosed that the truck haul will cost somewhere between 40% and 60% more per load than a 2012 truck haul on an area on our beach. I am in regular contact with Saad and Finlay and I know both these councilmen are investigating alternative methods to keep our beaches intact. I do not hear from the other council persons much, so cannot speak on their feelings. If you are in contact with them, I would appreciate knowing if they are also thinking along these lines. You know, sunshine laws prevent the council persons from talking among themselves, so the only way they know other decision-makers ideas is if we can pass them along. Unfortunately, this is our system. I report this because all our businesses depend on our pristine beaches. This is what draws tourists to visit here. These tourist dollars are spent in local businesses and many of these vacationers end up buying and settling here. The cycle starts with the dream of lying on the beach, sailing down the coast or pulling in the big tarpon. It is our draw, and we need it. We are in competition with the whole coast, so if we let up, we will fall behind. If we get to a point where we need a call to action, I will email you, but right now we are in the fact finding and investigation stage of this dilemma.

Many of you are boaters. If you did not know, a recent sounding chart was made of Gordon pass and the shoaling that has happened there. This area is the responsibility of the federal government, so we wait and see their response to the request to maintain the channel. For now, you can download the link below:

New Depth Sounding Chart Gordon Pass 5/10/13

I know many of you are golfers, so I pass this on to you from Lakewood country club. Apparently, several residents are members here and thought some of the rest of you might like to consider this nearby club and the “special rates” now offered. I am not a golfer and am not endorsing this. I just include it as requested for those who may think it is a good deal. It is in the Microsoft Word attachment above, if you want to see it.

 The flight path issue from the airport is still going on, but I have nothing new to report.

For the joke, see this one.

“Woman stops gator attack with a small Beretta pistol.”

This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave,cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fiercepredator. What is the smallest caliber that you would trust toprotect yourself?

A Beretta “Jetfire” testimonial.

Here is her story:

While out walking along the edge of a bayou just below Houma,Louisiana with my soon to be ex-husband discussing propertysettlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by ahuge 12-ft. alligator suddenly emerging from the murky waterand charging us with its large jaws wide open. She must havebeen protecting her nest because she was extremelyaggressive.  If I had not had my little Beretta “Jetfire” .25caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!  Just oneshot to my estranged husband’s knee cap was all it took. Thegator got him easily and I was able to escape by just walkingaway at a brisk pace. It’s one of the best pistols in mycollection!  Plus… the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees wasmore than worth the purchase price of the gun.

 Keep smiling, no storms in the forecast…

 

 

 

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