Royal Harbor Update: October 17, 2019

There are a few things going on you may wish to know about. Some good news to start… let’s look at canal work in Royal Harbor. The East Naples Advisory Board has had a bathymetric survey of our canals done. The prospect now of having the rocks and outcroppings removed in our canals is now expected to occur in the next 2 years. This is a great start but still a long way to go.  I am told the committee has several items still under review. One is a concern that even if the canals are completed to the proper depth, shoaling around the entrances to the canals and along the shoreline of the bay and back bay may need dredging. However, the homes that border the bay are not included in the East Naples Bay Taxing district so at this time there is no funding for this. A solution is being sought for this.  

Another ongoing problem in Royal Harbor is happening. Those of you who have lifts have found that you are having problems getting your boat off the lift at low tide. What has occurred while you were away for the summer is that the silt that flows through the canals settles in the divots that were dug out under the lifts. When the lift lowers then it hits bottom sooner because the bottom of the canal has raised up from the silt. Now the problem is how to get it cleared out again.  Homeowners want to just push it out of the way. Some have used boat prop wash to blow it out, others used vacuum hoses and others have just dug it out again at low tide. Seems simple but I am told the city has determined that these are not to be allowed. From what I understand, if you want to remove the silt, you have to suck it on to dry land and then remove it. If you are having this problem you should call the city to find out exactly where this stands.

HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. The Halloween walk, trick or treat night is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 pm Halloween night. Be sure to look over the Halloween notices we will be sending out so you can get in on the fun.

Florida Power and Light or FPL has become more amiable to discussions of burying power lines. Board members are continuing efforts to this end. Like all things, it is a process. I hope to have more information as we go along this year. It is sort of like being asked to push a rope up the road.

Last month our Royal Harbor website was hacked. Since it is read-only, the hacker was limited to the administrator’s powers. However, should you find something in there not looking right you might notify Ed Thieme as he is the administrator.

Our discussion of Truck Parking in Royal Harbor came to a halt since we had so few people actually respond or weigh in on the problem. We received less than 10 responses and of those not all were for it. We will focus on areas of more concern.

We are currently reviewing our Royal Harbor entrance signs. Some people think that we should update these. We have a volunteer architect looking to see how they might be updated or replaced and at how much this will cost. The HOA is solely responsible for these and the city only gives approval.

The city of Naples is planning a big remake along Gulf Shore Boulevard. They are asking residents to weigh in. This is for city residents only. Here is the link to take the survey.

Did you know City code requires all Royal Harbor residents to have their house numbers affixed to their sea wall?

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