Royal Harbor Updates – February 5, 2015

WE had about 100 at the annual meeting and with the proxies had a quorum.. We approved the financials for the association and elected the 2 new members to the Board. They were Elle Hunt and Jennifer Shanahan. We were in and out in about an hour and a half and had talks from the Mayor, City manager, council persons and our committee chairpersons.

Those who attended the Annual meeting know that the subject of short term rentals in Royal Harbor came up in talking to the Mayor and city manager, Bill Moss. As a follow up, here is the code as I received it today. PLEASE, if you have questions do not send them to me but to the city. This is not a Royal Harbor Code this is the City of Naples Code and we have NO SAY in this.
So this below verbatim from the city.

The way our Code is written and interpreted, if a use is not expressly permitted, it is considered prohibited. So, unless a district expressly lists ‘transient lodging’ (which is a defined use permitted in certain districts within the City) as a permitted use, it is prohibited in that district. Section 44-8 of the Code provides the definition of ‘transient lodging’ as a “unit, group of units, dwelling, building, or group of buildings, within a single complex of buildings rented to guests more than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month, whichever is less; or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month, whichever is less.” Transient lodging is not a permitted use in any of our Single family districts (R1-…), so it is therefore prohibited.

Sec. 44-8. – Definitions.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this land development code, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Transient lodging facility means a hotel, motel, motor lodge, tourist court, or similar building or group of buildings in which sleeping accommodations and sanitary facilities are offered to the public and intended for rental to transients with daily, weekly or seasonal charge. A transient lodging facility includes a unit, group of units, dwelling, building, or group of buildings, within a single complex of buildings rented to guests more than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month, whichever is less; or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month, whichever is less. It does not include condominium common elements. A transient lodging facility is distinguished from multifamily dwellings (such as apartments) where rentals are for periods of a month or longer and occupancy is by residents rather than transients.

Thank you,

Erica J. Martin, MPA, AICP
Senior Planner

City of Naples
Planning Department
295 Riverside Circle
Naples, FL 34102

Also as a follow up the city rescinded the rule charging council for information searches. This was not a popular decision and needed to change back and allow our council members access to any and all city records.

Directory data has been sent to the printer so if you are late you will not be in the directory.




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Royal Harbor homeowners association will have the annual meeting on Monday February 2nd. It will be at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club this year.

We will have a short address from some of the City councilpersons and City Staff.

A brief report from committee chairmen will be given. Updates on events etc.

Financials for review will be emailed out to members this week.

Time 6:30 pm

Parking at the site is available.

Terry Forshier…president….. 239 732 1238




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Royal Harbor Update: January 14, 2015

RCC cards are mailing out today to those who have paid their dues. You should get them in a few days. Those who picked them up will not get one in the mail.

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 15, there is a big airport meeting at 8:30 am at city hall. At this meeting the group wanting to change the flight path is planning a big presence. The summation of this is they want to move the flight path down the bay then out over the gulf. This then would affect Royal Harbor, Port Royal and Aqualane Shores. Residents in these communities feel that things should be left alone and that people who purchase homes are responsible to check these things prior to purchase.

The flight path is regulated by the FAA and the city can only ask for a change. I do not think most of the city council are in agreement with changing, but this group is trying to intimidate by attending in large numbers.  We have two of our board members, Dave Gardner and Don Miller, who are attending and will speak on behalf of Royal Harbor, but anyone interested who would be willing to speak out or just show up would be more than welcome. If you are so inclined, please show up.

Membership is progressing, but the last 75 or so of you are pretty slow and some will miss out on being in the directory. We have had a few apps cross in the mail and by delivery but we are trying to sort all these out. Some on this list are possibly moved since we have not culled out all those, but are getting there.

 We have set the annual meeting for Feb 2 at 6:30 at the Naples Sailing and Yacht club. All are welcome to attend. We will have many of the city council and other city officials present. This is about an hour and a half meeting and will contain reports from our committee chairmen.




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Royal Harbor updates: December 3, 2014

You have now seen the new lights we have up for Christmas. Thanks to Harry Zea, who lives on Marlin, for these. Harry is the person who built the homes under the IHC banner in this area. Tell him thank you if you see him.

This is not a small undertaking and we have been working with the city for a year to get the electrical working correctly in the medians. (this last upgrade was done by Harry too)

 In this theme we are again going to have a Christmas decorating contest in Royal Harbor. Please share the joy of the season with your neighbors by decorating your home or yard. Nothing is more inviting in an area than seeing it all lit up for the Holidays. If you want to see an area that really goes all out, go to Victoria Park and drive around. This is a fantastic display. (it is located north on Airport about a mile past the Tiburon entrance and is on the West side of the road. It is worth a trip up. We will be giving three prizes this year. A $100, $50 and $25. Our judging will be done by our community police officer Officer Tyrone Davis and his daughter.

 Occasionally we get some vendor who does an outstanding job and the resident will want to share it. I add the following email I received from a resident as an example. If you also have had great service, please let me know and I will start a list.   I have no experience with these people so understand this is not coming from me or the board.

As a boat owner, I am sure you know how difficult is it get a party to your house that will do a stellar job.  I lucked out and hired Affordable Professional Detailing.  The person that recommended them is the one that dives under my boat monthly to clean the bottom.  Affordable Professional Details removed the oxidation from the hull and deck fiberglass with a light compound.  They then sealed the surface, waxed the boat fully and cleaned the stainless steel.  They also cleaned all the isinglass.    The result is just great.  For a 35 foot Island Packet that was built in 1998 the result is just fantastic.  I paid $650.00 for the entire job.

 Affordable Professional Detailing would like to provide customers in Royal Harbor with a special pricing.  They currently detail boats on Port Royal and have customers in Collier County including Marco Island.  The contact information for Affordable is as follows:

 Affordable Professional Detailing

(239) 601-2905

Kelvin Escalante – President


As another example I get quite a few calls about needing a plumber to install a faucet, repair a leak or whatever. I have had great success using the installers at Home Depot. Last week, for example, Rhonda wanted a new faucet so we picked one out at Home depot and for $99 they sent out a plumber who did an excellent job. He looked familiar and we remembered he was the same person who installed new bathroom fixtures for us some months back. I have this guys card and he does other work in the area besides Home Depot.

 I have the new RCC cards. If you want yours early you may stop and get it. Call first if you want to be sure I am home. 732 1238 (Terry or Rhonda) we will be mailing them later on this month but with Christmas mail etc ???

 I am sure you know about the big discussion at the city council and the staff over cost of researching data.. There was a big article in the newspaper this week about it. It seem that the city now wants to charge city council members for collecting data if the process takes over 30 minutes. This is a direct reference to Doug Finlays many fact finding searches that he has done to check the costs, budgets and monies the city spends and then putting it into an understandable format and emailing it to the various people who then distribute it to residents. I get a lot of my material I share this way. To compromise they (the city)  have said 4 council members are required to sign off for this if they want it free, otherwise they council person will be accountable.

My question is “if the city is making decisions on money matters and items costing millions of dollars wouldn’t you think they would have already researched this information and have it ready to support their decisions?”  The most recent inquiry was regarding how much we are paying in legal fees to the city attorney and his law firm. While the line item on the budget seemed fairly reasonable after digging it proved to be much higher, closer to a million dollars. I ,for one, think Doug is doing a great service to us and feel this action is not in the best interest of we residents. I would hope you too feel his watch dog attitude and attention to detail a good example of what a Council person should be doing. You can make your feelings known by emailing you may also refer to the Brett Batten article in the paper a couple days ago. So you know, when I email council,  I always get a response for the Mayor, Finlay and Saad. Remember this when we vote.

 On this also, I am told that right now we have no one living in our area running for council next round. In fact no one from Royal Harbor, Oyster bay, Port Royal, Aqualane or Old Naples will be represented. We need to put on our thinking caps and find someone to run to speak for our interests. If you agree and would like to be part of a search group let me know.

 Dredging…Well we are still not any closer to having the dredging project finished. Most of the Royal Harbor canal system was left untouched in the last project and the city  allowed the contractor to leave without finishing the job. So here we are. After some discussion at our last board meeting we decided our best interest was to try and dissolve the taxing district and form our own. That way we may have more control over the project and will not be funding Oyster Bay’s project again. This has been a big disappointment for Royal Harbor.

 I think the waterline project is moving right along. I have had very few complaints. All that I know about were resolved.

Terry Forshier



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Royal Harbor Update: November 19

These are busy times. Lots going on.

 Thanks first to those residents participating in Halloween this year. Everyone who attended thought it was great. At our last meeting we discussed next year. It appears that next year the water mains will be going in to the North entrance side of Royal Harbor so we plan to switch back . Then maybe alternate each year back and forth if we get enough enthusiasm. As always, plans pending, BUT this year was great.

 Resident Club cards.  The cards for 2015 have been printed and we are soon to receive them.  Distribution again will be the hard part. We wanted to do this at the annual meeting but  that may be too late. We will see about maybe mailing again. There was some discussion as to whether residents were using them. Since the price of the cards had risen to $10 each, (discounted to $8 for us) it was suggested we not include them in the membership for next year. (2016). We will see, but right now we think residents want them and we have them coming.

 There was a lot of discussion about sea walls, replacement and repair. Our subdivision is all sea walls and our regulations for repairing and replacement are also different. We are looking into alternatives remedies for this. More on this later.

 Commissioners approved to move forward on the plans for the big Hotel complex at the triangle at 41 and Davis and Palm. We will see. More on this later also.

 I saw our city Fire Chief on TV last week again pleading his case for more staff. More on this as we get into the new year.

 The outer marker light at Gordon Pass and the outer marker light at Marco have both been removed. According the officials there is no need for them. I think this is crazy. More on this as we find out more.

 Our dredging plans to finish up the project in Royal Harbor has come to a halt. No one is actively searching anymore for contractors to finish up the work left undone from the last round. Our board has discussed this at length and we are planning to propose a new approach. Stay tuned.

 We plan to have the Christmas decorating contest again this year. We hope you all will try to do a little lighting and decorating to help promote the spirit of the season. The prizes will be $25, $50 and $100 and will be judged by or community officer, Tyrone Davis and his daughter. Awards will be given at the annual meeting. You must be a member to win.

 Have a Happy Thanksgiving..

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Royal Harbor Update 11/9/14

First a message from the contractor on the new water line. See Below..

We have received some phone calls concerning the water main installation process, specifically why the Contractor digs an area up more than once.  Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to provide a quick overview of the water main installation process.  We would appreciate it if you would forward this email to the Royal Harbor homeowner association members.

 1)    Per State Law, the Contractor requests utility locates to be performed prior to digging.

2)    Per State Law, utility companies in the vicinity of the proposed project mark their existing utilities (paint and flags).

3)    The Contractor installs the new water main along an entire street and roughly places fill (dirt) back over the pipe.

4)    Pressure and bacteriological testing is performed on the newly installed water main.

5)    Following successful test results the Florida Department of Environmental Protection approves the water main for use.

6)    The Contractor begins installing the new water service lines from the new main to the individual meters at each property.  This requires the re-digging up of the newly installed main.

7)    While the Contractor is installing the new service lines, the Contractor restores driveways and performs final grading, in preparation for sod. 

8)    Once all the new services lines are installed from the new water main to each individual meter, the Contractor performs final restoration.

 Please feel free to call me with any questions.


 Justin Frederiksen, P.E.

Deputy Utilities Director

City of Naples

Office: (239) 213-4762

SECOND.. We will soon be starting the push for 2015 memberships. There are a lot of new people in the community and we need you as a neighbor and ambassador to help explain to these people why we need their $50 and what you feel you get from the association. (like cameras, updates etc)  Ask them to Email me or Donald Miller for an application.

THIRD.. I received an email from a resident who informed me that he had had great service from a boat detail company and they were looking for work in this area. If you need this done and want a recommendation you can contact Maarten Heybroek [] for details and contacts.

 SEA WALLS.. Our sea walls are now mostly 50 years old and many need repair. Recently I needed some work done on my dock where it is attached to the sea wall. The first person I called spent about 30 minutes here telling me I should replace my entire sea wall and told me all reasons why my sea wall was not worth fixing. Having spent considerable time researching sea walls over the past 10 years, I could tell when I was getting a line. I called another company who promptly came out and repaired the problem in short order. So get more than one estimate and call more than one company.

This brings up the topic of contractors working in Royal Harbor. Some are good, some not so good. If you have had great service and would like to share, please email me, and I will let others know. I do not want to put names in, but would like to have other neighbors be able to call you and get your recommendation. I know many people have varying success in lawn service, pool maintenance, handyman work, plumbers, boat repair, etc. would be good to have a resource list.

Halloween was great this year. I did not get photos, as my photographer had left his camera up North. If you have some good ones, send them and I will post them for all to see.


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Royal Harbor update … Ebola and the Naples Community

EBOLA and Naples..For your information.. Terry

Dear Naples Presidents’ Council and other Naples Stakeholders:

Perhaps the last thing you want to read is more information about Ebola.  The national news rarely goes a day without an Ebola story.  Yet, it is important to understand that the spread of the Ebola virus can quickly become a local issue.  We therefore ask that you take a few minutes to read this brief message to learn what your city is doing to prepare for an Ebola outbreak, including changes in first responder protocol (EMS, Fire-Rescue, and Police).

Over the past three weeks, representatives from all Fire-Rescue agencies, EMS, the Collier County Medical Director, Naples Police, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Health Department in Collier County have been meeting to discuss and formulate protocol for emergency response and care that may be required should there be a person(s) who may have contracted Ebola.  One of the participants was Dr. James Augustine, Medical Director for Atlanta Fire-Rescue.  Dr. Augustine is also on the faculty of Emory University.  Emory has one of the several advanced facilities for the treatment of highly infectious diseases.

Those attending the meetings have learned several things about the outbreak of Ebola.  These include:  the medical community does not know how Ebola works outside of Africa because Ebola may not affect populations in the U.S., Europe, and other areas in the same way due to different immune systems; based on recent experiences in the U.S., the early indicators of Ebola are different that those observed in West Africa; in West Africa, the mortality rate is high, around 50%, and it looks like that mortality rate may be the same in other parts of the world;  it is not known why some exposed to Ebola become ill, while others do not; while it appears that the virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids, it may be transmitted by the coughing of a patient with advanced symptom; the most contagious stage of Ebola is in the last, most traumatic phase, rather than in the earlier phases when flu-like symptoms appear; and it looks like the Ebola virus can easily be removed from flat surfaces (airline seats, door handles, desks, etc.) with chemical disinfectants and/or bleach and water.

It is fairly clear that Ebola will continue to spread in West Africa.  Several African countries that have had Ebola cases are no longer a concern because of the lapse of 42 days since the last known case.  The medical community does not know if the Ebola virus will create a world pandemic.  Many are fairly certain that there will be other Ebola patients in the U.S., but we do not know if the virus will be contained to a few locations.

Failure to prepare for an outbreak could severely impact the first responder and medical care personnel of a community due to their exposure to Ebola patients.  Therefore, preparation and established protocol are essential if these personnel and facilities are to effectively serve their local population during an outbreak of Ebola or any other contagious virus. Continue reading

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Halloween News 10/10/14

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Royal Harbor Updates – October 4,2014

The Annual Royal Harbor Halloween event is on. We will be using the north Dolphin entrance and streets this year. We had a number of people step up to volunteer. More later.IMG_2838





Water Lines.. The contractor for this project  is supposed to leave your property as they found it. They should replace sprinklers, grass, drives,etc. as they found them. Those concerned should contact the Bob Middleton. In every case I know they have resolved all issues.

There is more going on in the area but I am as busy as a one armed paper hanger this week. So more to come next week.


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Royal Harbor Updates – September 9, 2014

Here is what is going on. 

 The water line install is still underway although it runs in spurts it seems. Lots of workers working then a stall of a few days then resuming work again. The line down Snook is laid out now and  it crosses the road twice. It goes down the East side of the road going south from Marlin, then crosses the road at the curve to the North side. Then at the west curve where the road turns back south it again crosses the road back to the East until the end where it loops under the canal. I can only suppose it follows the old line.  So far I have not seen any horizontal boring under driveways. Sandpiper Street south to Sheepshead and down appear done as far as burying the line. Not yet re-grassed or finished up.

 The city is again considering new firefighters, a fire boat (or a water Boat) and these are under review by the council. The whole firefighter situation is again rearing its head as the State union reps are trying to work on maintaining the status quo from the state level. State mandates could wipe out all the gains made by local cities and counties in firefighter contracts and pension reforms. This state wide city reform has been led in large part by the city of  Naples. I will be sending more on this as it becomes more clear. In summary, it does look like as we slowly recover our tax base, all city departments see an opportunity to increase their individual funding. In their defense many have taken cuts and most have not seen increases for years. Still, just because we are seeing increased revenue, should not mean to go on a spending spree. Fortunately, we have several very good bean counters on council. Some moderate growth and possible consolidations could be beneficial in many instances.

The topic of shared response through 911 is HOT now as everyone here has an opinion of sharing facilities, costs, response times for emergencies and other related factors. Right now the city of Naples is the only hold out in this program to combine all efforts. In Royal Harbor,we do not have a city fire department station on this side of the bay nor do we have an ambulance center. Our closest center for this is East Naples, however, the city is reluctant to jump in to this as a full compliant member participant. This program is for firefighters and paramedics in Collier County. Recently cited was the house fire across the street from the airport. Even though the airport director saw the fire and tried to send the firefighters from his facility to assist in this (and they would have been first on the scene) they were prohibited from leaving their post by the Naples command in the city. Many think this was a bad decision. Now the director of the airport has requested other fire departments bid for the services on their location. (the airport pays for their station in most part) There is a lot of rumbling and grumbling among many citizens on these issues.

 I am including as an attachment some information from the police on Fraud prevention. In this light, many of you know we have had some residential burglaries. At least one of the burglars was caught and arrested. Events leading to this arrest were interesting. We had video surveillance from some homeowners, we had our video cameras and one resident even saw something  that they deemed suspicious. They took photos of the vehicle and plate. It had not only the stolen items in it, but was driven by the, then, prime suspect. Arrests  were then made. Good Jobs by everyone.Fraud-prevention-tips

Nothing new on Race Track station. There is a group complaining about mosquito control. Is anyone getting bit and should we add our name to the complaint? I have not noticed a worsening problem.



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