Royal Harbor Update: December 25,20015

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Royal Harbor Update, 12/16/2015

Several have contacted me regarding installing cameras at the canal ends. We discussed this at length at our board meeting. There are so many obstacles to doing this we were not able to come up with a plan. For now we suggest each owner attempt to secure their own property. I will tell you what I did. I went to Dicks Sporting Goods here in Naples and purchased a game trail camera and have it set up to record anyone in my canal or around my boat day or night. These little camera systems run on batteries, they strap to a tree or post and will record anything that moves within a range. Mine reached 75 feet so I can get across the canal easily. It records on an SD card and batteries. Say they will run for up to 6 months. Color daytime, infra-red at night. It will take photos or short videos.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4414666&sr=1&origkw=trail+cameras

You can get these at any sporting goods store. Might be worth it?

Next a phone was found on Kingfish road this past week

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If it is yours claim it at 777 8811

I now have the new 2016 RCC cards. We plan to mail them next week but if you want yours ahead, call me and come by and pick it up. You get one free…the second one at our cost this year at $8.00  I see the organization has a new owner and they are emailing people to sign you up. It is a lot more so get yours here. Call first so I can have it ready. 732 1238

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Our boards members say you do not have to activate the card for it to be accepted. It just lets you get on the mailing list.

The garage sale is now set for January 23. We will send in a blanket permit to the city so watch for the sign up sheets in email.

The annual meeting is scheduled for Feb 9 at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. Since it is an election year, I suspect there will lots of city politicians there.

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Royal Harbor update, 12/9/2015 :

Since reporting the boat burglaries I have had several residents contact me that they Have cameras on their canals. These people agreed to review their tapes and see if they find anything that might look suspicious. This we will turn over to the police.

A good idea by one person was to use a hunting camera that uses IF to photograph game on trails. These are camouflaged and can run on batteries and will photograph any thing moving on your boat dock. They run from either side of $100 upward. Cabelas, Dicks sporting goods and Sports authority probably all carry them. Below from the Police.

Crime Alert

Please find attached the original document of message below, sent to you as a PDF document using Adobe Reader and a Word document.

Thank you,

Linda Anders

Admin Naples Police

***Press Release / Vessel Outboard Motor Lower Unit Thefts***

The City of Naples Police Department is currently investigating several vessel lower unit thefts that have recently occurred in the City of Naples, Royal Harbor neighborhood.  Several vessel owners reported discovering their vessels’ lower units stolen from their boats while on lifts behind their residences.  Suspects are believed to be gaining access to the vessels by the water.  The lower units are removed by unscrewing bolts and pulling the lower unit down, separating the lower unit from the main shaft of the motor. 

Preventative tips to aid in the prevention of vessel outboard motor lower unit thefts:

  • Keep power off to the engine with a battery switch or remove connections to the battery.
  • Keep vessel outboard in the down position or in the water.
  • Install motion sensor spotlights, making sure light is shining directly on your vessel.
  • Position your outboard in well-lit areas.
  • Consider locking devices specialized in making lower unit removal difficult.
  • Position the outboard against or above an object limiting the amount of working space.
  • Consider a boat alarm which detects movement of the boat.

If you observe suspicious boats, vehicles, people, or suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please contact the Naples Police Department by calling the nonemergency line, (239) 213-4844 or Emergency 911.

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Royal Harbor Update:12/3/2015

Tonight is the 5th Ave lighting up for Christmas. Should be lots of happy people there and its free and free parking in the garages. Take your camera and shoot some happy warm photos to send up North.

A resident reported last week they found some keys in the Northern area of Royal Harbor. If they are yours call me and I will give you the phone number of the people who found them. Picture attached.

I have about half of the residents in Royal Harbor now signed up in the Homeowners association for next year. We need the rest of you to come forward so we can get the RCC cards ordered and also get the directories underway.  We have separated people on our list who have yet to reenroll. I am sending them a separate email with the APPLICATION ATTACHED. If you do not get a second email, then we more than likely have you in and paid.  IF YOU HAVE A NEW NEIGHBOR, PLEASE PRINT OUT THE APPLICATION HERE AND TAKE IT TO THEM AND ASK THEM TO ALSO BECOME MEMBERS. Thanks.

Last month while out on the boat  I went past the “new police boat” that the city asked for. As you know, a new fireboat was voted down several times. Then the city requested a new police boat. What do you think of this?

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Our Christmas decorations on the entrance look great, don’t they?  Again paid for by a resident giving back to the community.?

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Royal Harbor Association Update : 11/25/2015

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Thanksgiving is the start of our Holiday season. This week many of us take the time to reflect how thankful we are for our good fortune. We feast, have family time, and express our love for our fellow man. We make lists of our blessings, some reflect how thankful they are that their hard work has paid off and some have a sharing/thanking time around the Thanksgiving table. We do this in many ways. We all seem to have pretty good lives here, and most of us are blessed with good fortune. A minister would say this thankfulness is good for the soul.  

However, there is another way of looking at Thanksgiving. The idea is to see it from the giving side and not the receiving side. So think about this…

Sure, we have all wanted that special gift, job, or thing, and we were overjoyed and thankful to get it. It is a great feeling to achieve a goal and get what you want and you are thankful for it. That is motivation working, and that is good. But nothing makes you feel better than to see something you did that made a difference in the life or attitude of someone else. Nothing compares to seeing the look in a person’s face when they are truly grateful for your help. Few things beat a heartfelt thank you. It could be  from a dear friend after you stayed up all night consoling their loss, or the feeling you get from volunteering, maybe in a clean-up day or a neighborhood project, or dropping off food for a hunger drive, or putting a ten dollar bill into the “kettle”. This is the “giving” in Thanksgiving. Giving does not have to be big things, but just knowing you helped lets you get that warm glowing feeling that spreads throughout you. These things make us happy with ourselves and let us know the joy of life. It is how you feel when you see TV shows of soldiers returning home and the light in a child’s eyes seeing Daddy or Mommy after deployment. It is “pay it forward”; it is what makes us happy to be alive. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

Terry Forshier

President Royal Harbor Homeowners Association

 

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Royal Harbor Update: November 18. 2015

First… If you have not sent in your dues and application yet, please do it. WE are trying to get our membership files done early. We also need your help. Many of you are next to new neighbors who have just moved in last year. If this is the case we would really appreciate if you would take them an application and ask them to fill it out and join.

WE do a lot for the community with that $50. >From each of you. For one thing don’t think for a minute that the city is putting up the Christmas lights and lighting our trees. This is a volunteer who has done this for several years trying to make the community look nicer. Your dues pay for the electricity, the paint for the curbing’s, the flag on the flagpole and much more. WE also buy and provide the security cameras at the entrances and because of these several people have been apprehended and our crime has gone down to practically nothing.

Volunteers make the world go around, they make good neighbors and they make your neighborhood better. Yes our city does a lot and your taxes pay for that. But the extras that are making Royal Harbor a better place come from people selflessly donating their time and money for the betterment of all. We all need to be informed and contributing members of The Homeowners association. So, please help out and sign up your neighbors.

I already have about 75 applications from the first mailing. Thank you all for rejoining. I can tell you that when I go speak for the Royal Harbor neighborhood to the city council or to the county commissioners they listen. They know that it is not just Terry Forshier talking but the hundreds of you who I speak for. They know we have a good information sharing process and that the residents here will be at the polls. We are a voice that is heard.

The new pier is now open. Go see it if you have time. It is really nice. Also walk or ride your bike along the greenway if you have not done it. It is a great spot to see old Florida and it is right in Naples.  Also remember when your family comes to visit residents are free the firstSaturday of the month at the Zoo.

This is a festive time in Naples for all. The lighting of the tree on 3rd, the Christmas parade, the snow falling on 3rd st. All free things that people from all over the world come to experience and we have it here in our own back yard.

Wishing all of you a Happy thanksgiving,

Terry Forshier

Terry Column Nov2015

ROYAL HARBOR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION  MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION ………2016  

Name(s)_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Children’s names ___________________________________

Address _____________________________________________

Phone Numbers_______________________________________

(cells)______________________________________________

Emergency Phone number______________________________

E Mail address_(s)_______________________________________
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Send mail to__________________________________________

Please return this form to and your $50 check to Royal Harbor Homeowners Association to Terry Forshier….1750 Sandpiper St…..Naples …. Florida..34102  Email….  Sailsman10@comcast.net

___ use this for as my proxy to the annual meeting

If all information is the same as last year just put in your name, check proxy, yes or no, and mail or drop off your check in the box by my front door.

 Terry

 

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Royal Harbor Updates:10/20/15 Halloween !

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Questions???

Contact ..Maureen Minker  1525 Bonita or Jennifer Shanahan1670 Mullet ct. (both in the directory)

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We have one resident who has volunteered to hold a Haunted House, as a walk through, at his carport. He envisions having children walk through and put their hands in  bowls of brains (spaghetti), eyeballs (grapes) etc. Maybe a coffin, mummy or whatever. We need a few volunteers to help construct and man this. If you would consider helping on this contact Maureen, Jennifer or myself.

All Royal Harbor residents are encouraged to attend as this is a really fun way to meet your Royal Harbor Neighbors

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Royal Harbor Update: 10/10/2015

Halloween is coming and our big Halloween block party will again be on Saturday 31 st, Halloween. We are planning to drop off flyers through out the neighborhood this week. Homes on the Dolphin entrance to Royal Harbor will be hosting the event. They are asked to decorate for the event and set up candy and treat stations in their driveways. Those living in the Southern entrance by the flagpole we ask for you to dress up, walk over and attend and bring your family. If you like hosting, then call Maureen Minker or Jennifer Shanahan (in the book) and they will set you up with a treat station. Here are shots from the past Halloweens. If you miss it you will be sorry.  A fun event for you and your family and ends up at 7 pm.

 

 

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Royal Harbor Update: 9/17/2015

Council has started up again after the summer with a lot of controversy. You may have seen that there will be a contest this next year for the Mayor’s spot. Former Mayor Bill Barnett has announced he will run against incumbent Mayor John Sorey. These two have been friends for a long time and worked together on the council in various capacities. I was told that Bill is running because he was approached by a group of citizens unhappy with the direction and style of Mayor Sorey and asked him to get back in. I am not personally involved in any of this but know many of the parties that are. It will be interesting, to say the least, and important to the city as there are many issues that affect us all coming up. Right now both candidates are trying to align supporters for their campaigns.

The firefighters are again a HOT topic. As many know, the Chief continues to ask for a larger staff and the council has denied his requests saying that there are enough firefighters to handle the number of calls that the City has. Now, one of the big issues is the fire station at the airport.

This is a very controversial issue and more so since the event last year when a home across Airport Road burned and the airport firefighters were not allowed (by the Chief) to respond and help fight the fire. Even at the request of the airport manager they were not allowed to leave their post, cross the road and respond. This event prompted a lot of investigation into the role and cost of this station.
The firefighters are again a HOT topic. As many know, the Chief continues to ask for a larger staff and the council has denied his requests saying that there are enough firefighters to handle the number of calls that the City has. Now, one of the big issues is the fire station at the airport.

This is a very controversial issue and more so since the event last year when a home across Airport Road burned and the airport firefighters were not allowed (by the Chief) to respond and help fight the fire. Even at the request of the airport manager they were not allowed to leave their post, cross the road and respond. This event prompted a lot of investigation into the role and cost of this station.

Many people have studied this and looked at the funding of this station as related to the Naples budget and the airport’s subsidizing portion of the station. Now some are calling for a separation of this station from the City of Naples. It is believed that the airport would be better served using a private company as firefighters and going it alone for their services. This would then leave 7 firefighters now employed by the city to be used in other capacities. The promoters of the plan say this will reduce the firefighter’s budget significantly just in not maintaining the station but It would also allow these extra firefighters to relieve the cost of much of the overtime expenses we now have.

Several councilpersons and some appointed volunteers have studied and have produced written reports showing evidence that this would be a prudent strategic move and save the city a lot of money. It would also, in their opinion, provide better control of services to both parties. I have followed this and feel this is the plan the city should follow.

There is also the issue of the unfunded pension liability in this department. It has grown to over 22 million dollars I am told. Where will this money come from is a big question. The city of Naples had been a leader in the State in tackling this problem and the issue is known by “the Naples Letter”. Nearly every city in Florida is facing a similar dilemma. Naples did reach a consensus with the Naples Firefighters’ and it appeared that this issue was getting resolved. However, on a State level, the firefighters Union Lobby has now successfully had a bill introduced that would negate any gains made on a local level regarding pension adjustments. This would be an economic disaster in the making, but I need not remind you, politicians are good at ignoring facts if it means losing votes. We will be watching how this turns out.

Another fire department issue is a fire boat. For the last 3 years the department has asked for a new fireboat and the council turned it down. However, It appears that now they have one that was brought in through the “Back Door”. I know several council persons who were unhappy over this. More on this later.

Besides these issues, the council will have a lot of growth issues to deal with. We will have all the new families in Grand Central Station area, the new families to the North of Bay front, the Hyatt Hotel, the new condos where the old Naples Newspaper building was and several more. All this will fill the area north and East of 41. All these people will drive cars, will want to walk across 41 to get to 5th Avenue, will need to cross Airport Rd and so on. It looks like a mess in the making. I have heard no one come up with any plan for this so far even after many, many group meetings and discussions.

Why am I telling you all this? This is your city and this is how they are planning to spend your tax money. These issues will affect your quality of life as you live here. Your opinions are important and you can voice your opinions at council@Naplesgov.com This email address goes to all council, the Mayor and city manager

Terry

 

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Royal Harbor Update: 8/27/2015

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From our city manager Bill Moss. Most have done this but if you have not do it now.

Terry Forshier

Ladies and Gentlemen:

As Tropical Storm Erika approaches the Peninsula, with reports that the storm may develop into a hurricane, we are once again reminded of the importance of hurricane preparedness.  One of the most essential elements of preparedness is communication.  We recommend that Naples residents and businesses register their phone numbers to receive emergency messages through the City of Naples CodeRED emergency notification system. The system allows time-sensitive emergency telephonic communications through a robust dialing infrastructure.  An emergency message, typically 60 seconds or less, can be sent to thousands of people in a few minutes.  Messages will be sent when evacuations are recommended, when citizens may return to the city following a hurricane event, or to provide other important information.

While CodeRED’s existing database of phone numbers should include all residential phone numbers, the database may not include mobile, business, or “second home” phone numbers unless previously registered on the City’s website.  These additional numbers are important, especially if one does not reside in Naples full-time, when citizens evacuate the area and must rely on their mobile phone for communications, or when mobile phones are the only means of oral communications.

Therefore, it is recommended that citizens and businesses register their mobile phone numbers and business numbers through the City’s web site, www.naplesgov.com.

Citizens who have previously registered their phone numbers do not need to register again unless numbers have changedTo register, click “CodeRED” in the upper right hand corner of the home page.  Follow the instructions thereafter.  It is recommended that home, business, mobile phone numbers, and other (seasonal) numbers are registered. For those who may require assistance or who may not have internet access, please contact Stephanie Bleau at 239-213-1000 or by emailsbleau@naplesgov.com.

 Furthermore, we recommend that all take a few moments to think about hurricane preparedness.  A good source of information can be obtained from Collier County Emergency Management.  The link to access the Collier County All Hazards Guide is:    http://naples.net/govern/county/emrgmgt/all_haz.htm

 We recommend that citizens stayed tuned to local news media as this and other tropical systems develop.

Please share this information with homeowner association members, business associates, and friends.

 Bill Moss

City Manager

bmoss@naplesgov.com

 

 

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