Last night there were some boat electronics stolen off boats in this area. Whoever it was, disabled the video cameras. It appears we do have some footage on hard drive and the police are reviewing this. The video shows that the burglars parked their van at the newspaper boxes just down the street from the intersection. Then someone from the backside of the cameras moved them so the cameras could not get the license plates or clear views. Then they entered and stole off the boats. This was just before 4 am. One camera was destroyed. All are now up and running again tonight and the police are doing extra vigilance on the area for the near future.
Each of you may want to check your boats to see if you were hit. Some boats were high on lifts and owners just happened to check and find the stuff missing.
Lastly, after 7 years as President of the Homeowners association I have decided to step down and let someone else take over. I am a believer in term limits and think my tenure should be up. I plan to continue serving out my final year on the board, but not as president, I have enjoyed working with the residents and the city but I need to spend more time in my real job as a REALTOR and prioritize my family.
I spoke to a resident yesterday who informed me that driving into her driveway one afternoon she saw a silver 4 door car parked on an empty lot next to her home. The doors were open as was the trunk, and two men, one in her yard and one on the next door lot, were walking around toward the sea wall. When she approached in the car, the two ran back to their car, closed up the trunk and doors and briskly left the scene. She felt this suspicious and called the police who are reviewing the cameras at this time. They said it is possible these guys were canvassing the area for boat theft. Please be on the lookout and report any suspicious activity at once.
Those of you who did not attend the Annual meeting on Tuesday missed out. Every single candidate running for local office attended and briefly spoke to us. Also attending were Doug Finlay, Linda Penneman and Sam Saad. I see and talk to many of you throughout the year. Many of you have come up with great ideas and suggestions that could improve the city and our community. Telling me is great and I try to funnel your ideas through to the city but NOTHING beats you meeting the people who make the decisions and telling them yourself.
Those of you who have had problems that we were able to help out on, know that the city does respond, all the way from the city manager to the Mayor. The reason for this is we have become a voice that is heard. Having a hundred residents at our annual meeting may be ok, BUT it is nothing to crow about. In fact, it was disappointing. Every community gets the government they deserve. If we as a community do not show up, or if we become indifferent, then you can be sure that this attitude will be reflected back to us.
So please , ask your neighbor who attended about the meeting. Ask them if they were falling asleep or ask if it was informative, on time and interesting. Be there next year.
I and the board hope you will take the time this year to become more involved. We are always looking for new volunteers and we have many projects we are working on.
President Royal Harbor Association
Our annual meeting is just one day away. Yes Tuesday at 7 pm at the sailing and yacht club.
Did you know our little subdivision of 415 home sites pays a little over 2.25 million dollars a year in property taxes? Yes and of that over $600,000 goes directly to the city of Naples. The people that are deciding how your money is spent and what city services you get for this money you give, every year, will be attending.
This is your chance to see them and meet them one on one after the meeting.
Please take the time and attend. With nearly 15 speakers each talking from 3 to 5 minutes you will not be falling asleep.
Come and support your neighbors on the board who are volunteering to make this community all it can be.
Lastly, a resident lost his apple watch while walking along Kingfish and I think Tarpon. If you find it, let me know. It can only be used by the owner anyhow.
Terry Forshier 732 1238
The Royal Harbor Homeowners Association will have its annual meeting Tuesday, February 9, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. 7 pm to 8:30.
All members are invited. We will introduce the 2016 slate of board members and elect them at this time. Committee chairmen will give a short overview of their accomplishments last year. We have already emailed the financial report but will approve it at this meeting.
City Manager Bill Moss will attend and give us an overview of some of the city’s achievements and ongoing plans. Mayor Sorey will also speak and add to this. This is your chance to get straight answers from our leaders to questions you may have. Our neighborhood Police officer Tyrone Davis will be there, say hi, and you will have a chance to meet him. Also several council persons wish to address the group and say hi.
Then you may know, we have a number of city council candidates vying for 3 spots. Most of these are planning to attend and tell you why you should vote for them. (we have asked them to be brief)
This is an important informational meeting for you. Here you can see what we as a volunteer group are planning to do to help the community become even better. Every one of our board members has selflessly given their time to this endeavor and tried to make a difference.
Please try to attend.
Questions?? Call me, Terry Forshier, president 239 732 1238
January 23 is the date for the garage sale. On that day all of Royal Harbor residents wanting to participate will Open for a community Garage Sale. this is a good time to get rid of those things you no longer want. People will buy everything. Last day to sign upJan 20.
You can start when you want and close when you want. If you can fill out the application and return it to Nancy Lockwood in person or by email she will go to the city and get the permits.
We will then have maps placed at the entrances to Royal Harbor with those home sites participating indicated.
Traffic will be really something so prepare for it.
If you do not have an application or cannot find the email with it attached call Nancy or me and we will send another.
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.
You can get these at any sporting goods store. Might be worth it?
Next a phone was found on Kingfish road this past week
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
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.
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.
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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.