Royal Harbor Update, 06/26/2017

We have passed the summer solstice now and the days will begin getting shorter. That does not mean cooler though. It seems that July, August, and September are the hottest months in SW Florida. As I get older I appreciate this less and less. I now find I need to get up and get my yard work and outdoor projects done before lunch to avoid the heat and humidity of the afternoons. Soon now, this will translate into afternoon thunderstorms. These do cool things off but only briefly. They also mean you need to watch the weather if you are fishing offshore. What did people do here before air conditioning?

A few things are going on. First, we had an incident last week where a couple of guys were caught stealing the plantings that the city put in, in front of the monument at the Dolphin Entrance to Royal Harbor. A resident saw the men taking some of the plants and called the police. I guess the first day nothing happened but the second day when she saw them she photographed the incident and called the police again. They responded but to her dismay, the police asked if they were her flowers and said they could not file a report unless the owner of the flowers signed it. Well, she called me and I went to the corner. The police then asked me If I owned them.  After a bit I just called Tyrone, our neighborhood officer, and explained what was happening. He then took over and handled the problem. I will be speaking to the city manager about this.  As Tyrone said, theft is theft. We all pay for the flowers and to just think these are free for the taking?

The city replaced the old electrical box that housed the electrical equipment on the Marlin entrance monument. They brought me the old one as we had paid for that one. If anyone would like this let me know. Free for the taking. First come, first served. It is heavy.

Rental homes are still being discussed in the city.  There is a difference between renting your single family home and renting a condo. Each has its own set of regulations in the city of Naples. Condos are usually governed by the condo associations within the restrictions imposed by the city. If you are thinking of leasing your home out for a month or two, you really need to contact the city and or the city website to see if you can first understand the rules. This topic is heating up since it involves money. Really, there are two issues. One is the city priority, which is how they can collect the bed tax money and the second is the neighborhood concern of having “party houses” in normally quiet residential home neighborhoods. Imagine, if you will, a College fraternity renting your neighbor’s home for a week. Think you would get much sleep?


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Royal Harbor Update, 06/05/2017:

The rain has started now. This week the forecast calls for rain nearly every day. Humidity is high and the temperature will hit 90 daily. Summertime in Naples. Fishing will improve though and restaurant waits will be few. Traffic has calmed some but still there are lots of cars out there.

Many people are now bicycling. It is cooler than walking as you provide your own breeze. It involves fewer mosquitoes, as riding along makes it harder for them to get on you. As more and more people bicycle, the need for understanding of the rules of the road become more necessary. I told you in the last post that the city has a new website and it is easy to use.

In the site is a part about bicycles. It has a downloadable booklet on Florida Rules of the road for bicycles. If you are going to bicycle you should read it. Nearly every week there is an accident involving a person on a bicycle and an automobile. You do not want to be the subject of one of these articles. Admittingly many times it is the car driver who is at fault, but not always. You are the only one who can make sure you are not the problem.

Do you know which side of the road you are supposed to be riding on? Can you legally ride on the sidewalk? Can you ride 2 abreast? What is the law concerning riding in groups? Do you need to stop at STOP signs? Do you need lights on your bike to ride at night? Can you ride double? Where can you park your bike? Do you need to wear a helmet? How about glasses? Can you ride while listening to music on earphones? This is not the land of your youth. Things have changed since most of us were kids when bike riding was how you got around. If you do not know the answers to these questions, you need to download the booklet and read it.

I am getting bitten like crazy by mosquitoes. They are everywhere and it is difficult to go outside. A lot has been written about this current outbreak of saltwater mosquitoes and even the news reports on TV has been talking about this problem. Here is how you can help here in our area…by calling the mosquito hotline and reporting how bad it is and asking for spraying we get better coverage. It really makes a difference. If we can get 20 or 30 people calling complaining we can get better service than if 2 or 3 call. So please pick up the phone and punch in..239 436 1000 and tell them you need spraying.

If you just cannot call then here is the app..Collier Mosquito Control District. If you load this in your phone, Ipad or tablet, you can go there and request spraying.

I like summer fishing. This is my best catch this year so far 30 inch Snook. We caught it up the river in Rookery Bay. It was a keeper but I released it. If you have some pictures of your catches, please send them to me and I will publish them here.


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Royal Harbor Update, 05/26/2017:



First I am sorry to report a home burglary in Royal Harbor. A neighbor told me that he went over 2 days ago to check on a neighbor’s home for them as they live abroad. He found the house had been broken into and TV’s and many other items were stolen. He called the home watch company who then called the police. This was at the corner of Kingfish and Trout. The police did a thorough inspection of the property and were on site most of the rest of the day. The neighbor then said he followed up yesterday as he saw an older Mercedes in the drive. He drove in, blocked the car, and talked to the driver who had a story about working on pavers. He took the license number of the car  and the guy left. Later he noticed a broken window and then he called the police. The police came again and found that the car’s plates were from a stolen vehicle. The neighbor was able to give a description of the driver. Young in 20’s, Latin looking. (he said Spanish/Cuban)  The thought is the second break-in was likely someone coming back for the cars as the keys were secured in the safe that had been stolen the first time. I think the neighbor said the owners were listed in VBRO as for rent.

So he speculated that the burglars knew the property was vacant.

I urge all of us who live here to increase vigilance as the neighborhood empties. After season we probably lose half of our residents as they go North to cooler climates. Our police are good about driving the neighborhood and you can call them and request that they stop and check you home throughout the summer. This usually involves them driving around the neighborhood with a list and stopping and walking around the property if anything looks out of place and occasionally just for a look see. I have talked to the police on this matter and they tell me they do not mind doing this. They also want you to call them on ANY activity that you see that is not normal. The number to call is 239 213 4844.and then send them to the police. Do not wait until the next day to report something, and please do not think you are being silly by reporting something that does not look right.

As always, in an emergency call 911.  Remember, too, you probably do not want to confront someone, so use your phone camera and take pictures of cars, people and license plates

CODE RED… Naples has a new website. If you go there you will see how user friendly it is. On the very first page it has a red square near the bottom that has the name CODE RED click it. Here you can register your phone numbers with the city. In case of an emergency the city manager or the Mayor can call everyone at once with updates on the community. They can also select various neighborhoods and zip codes. In cas e of, say, a bad storm or hurricane, you will get telephone updates of what is happening, what happened, and what you need to do, or when you may be able to return home.  Include all your phone numbers, as it can ring them all, home land line, and cell phones include you, your spouse, and any family members who need to know.

The mosquito hotline number is 239 436 1000The squeaky wheel gets the most grease. If you are getting bit, call them and report and ask for more spraying.

Also this is Alligator mating time.. (oh goody) if you see a gator you can call 800 432 2046 for removal.

In the summer we have lots of thunderstorm power outages. To report your area to FPL call 800 468 8243

When you get to the corner of 41 and Sandpiper, you see the stop light mast arms there are very shabby as the paint has peeled over the years. I just found out the city now is repainting some of these. We were always told that this was a FDOT function, but now it seems this is not the case. I just put these on the list to be painted, but if a lot of people complained, then maybe we would get higher on the list. If you are inclined, send an email to

And ask Greg to please paint these as they are at the entrance to not only us, but to Naples Bay Resort as well, and they paid for the parks there.

More Later…


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Royal Harbor Update, 04/27/2017

There are a few things going on now, but mostly people are planning for the summer off. Yesterday I met with the city manager, Bill Moss, for the President’s Council meeting. Here is what is going on with the city.

First was street repairs. Gulf Shore Boulevard is getting new drainage system upgrades similar to what we had a few years ago. Some streets around the Naples Beach and Golf club are affected. Also there were several city streets that are to be resurfaced over the summer. None set for Royal Harbor though.

The new fire station plans are approved. It will replace the old station next to the City Hall. The old one will be torn down this summer. The new building will be a 50 year structure capable of withstanding a Category 5 hurricane. It will be roughly 20,000 square feet and nearly double the size of the one now. It will cost taxpayers over 6 million dollars. We saw plans; it is really something.

We also had a big discussion on landscaping noise led by the president of Gulf Shore Condominium association. He had done a lot of research and presented a very compelling case on noise reduction.

His premise was that the present gas-powered lawn care products are not being studied and improved upon to reduce noise. Makers have decided not to go this route but to put their R and D into electric machines. These include blowers, weed whackers, mowers and so on. He stated that these machines , although more expensive, are much quieter and had recyclable batteries that could be recharged using solar panels affixed to landscaper’s vehicles, very similar to the panels used by the boating public to recharge boats.

His idea was to try and see if Homeowner associations would buy into a voluntary program that would ask landscapers to start to convert these gas machines to electric or battery ones. He suggested starting with just blowers or weed whackers, and ask the lawn companies if they would agree to start using them. His thought is that if many associations insisted on hiring people that would convert, the noise level would decrease a lot. I think this has merit and so did many of the people in attendance. It was voted to try some experiments. One was to see if the City could get their landscapers to only use electric on areas around 5th Avenue, see if it makes a difference. Several other presidents said they would approach their landscapers to see if they would try it.

I will keep you informed on this. This approach uses the power of the purse, and it may well be an idea whose time has come.

Discussion then led to solar power. FPL is trying to outreach customers to increase their solar presence. They had several proposals that were presented, but all in attendance felt they were “ugly” and disrupted the beauty of Naples.

One of the firefighters in attendance had been working on the recent wildfire. He stated the fire was caused by a lawnmower. I read somewhere it was a spark from throwing a rock but he could not confirm that. Anyway it started from a small spark and the fire traveled a total of 9 miles before they stopped it.

You can see on the corner of Sandpiper and Marlin the county is now repairing the rail and pipe under the road. It has been the victim of a errant driver. Seems to be a good corner for this. However, if you drive through Royal Harbor, you might see how many mailboxes have also been bumped.


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Royal Harbor Views

Interested in seeing Royal Harbor from 100 ft. altitude ?

We’re new at this,so we expect to make some errors.



These shots are from about a year ago. More recent views to come later (hopefully)

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Royal Harbor Update, 03/31/2017

I guess you all know by now the RaceTrac gas station decision has been postponed until October.  So everything on that is at a standstill.

At the last presidents council meeting I attended the Fire Dept informed us of a new APP being used now in Naples. It is for volunteer help with people having heart attacks in the city. The app called Pulse Point can be put on your phone and will alert you if someone nearby is having a heart attack. If you have taken the class and have the app on your phone, you will be alerted to where the person is and also to where the closest defibrillator is located. Then you may start CPR and send someone to get the machine. My understanding is that the sooner aid is given the better survival rate the person afflicted has. Persons acting to save lives are not subject to lawsuits according to the instructors. More on this later or you can go to the city website for more information. Pretty good idea though.

Also on the city website is a survey request from the 5th avenue people. We are all aware that 5th is the main street of Naples and the businesses there and the city council are always looking for feedback on how residents feel the street is developing. Some like the new stores; others feel that there are too many Real Estate offices and restaurants and not enough little shops. Regardless, this is you chance to voice you opinion.

The city just did a new solid waste study. The city has not had a rate increase in this area in 15 or more years so a study was needed.  No one has been complaining about the service or the rates, and after a long presentation, it does appear the price may be going up about 70 cents a month. We will see what council votes on.

We will be getting the new directories next week. So, if you want yours and you are here in Naples I should have them by the middle of the week and you can stop by and pick it up. We will also have a “Directory Pick Up Open House” Friday and Saturday afternoon from noon to 4pm.  We will plan to be here at that time until 4 pm so you do not have to call, just stop and we will give you yours. After that, we will hand out some and mail the rest.

Lastly, on the Naples web site there is a short survey regarding storm water runoff. This really is a problem in some parts of the city and when it rains big in the summer many streets get flooded. There is also an issue regarding the 7 out-flow pipes that are spread down the coast that channel street run off out into the Gulf. Most really do not know about these but the State of Florida does not like this procedure. The pressure is on to replace it, but no one seems to know what direction to take. I mean it rains, it collects and eventually it all goes to the Gulf or the bay. Isn’t this just Mother Nature at work?


“‘Terry Forshier'” <>

Its always something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Royal Harbor Update, 03/04/2017

I have had several people contact me about the next door email program they have been invited to join. This is NOT part of the Royal Harbor Association. Another REALTOR tried unsuccessfully to start this a year or so in Royal Harbor but most people did  not want their emails out on another list. As far as I know this is just a marketing tool and a way to gain lists of property owners emails. It is a nation wide program.


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Royal Harbor Update, 01/10/17

I have the new RCC cards and I am planning to mail them out next week when I can get volunteers to do it. If you want yours now, you may stop here and pick yours up. We ordered each family one card. They cost us $8 each so this will be your cost if you want another or extra one. Call me ahead so I here to get yours ready for you and make a note you have picked it up.

The new entry into Royal Harbor sign is now installed on Sandpiper Street. It took forever to get the OK and permit from the city to replace this sign. Working with government is frustrating, but thankfully our liaison from the city, Bob Middleton, helped and we got this done. We paid for this out of your annual $50 dues, just like we paid for the other two monuments and our electricity used there for lighting. This is a good reminder to all for when you are entering Royal Harbor.


Work on the sewer line is going on and should be completed soon so the detour sign will go away. It has led to more people stopping at the 4 way though.

I still have about 50 people from last year who have not renewed their membership. Please get this done this week if you can. Next week we will be sending out our board members to finish up this drive. They will be knocking on your door to get you signed up. I do not know why this is always such a monumental task.

ANNUAL MEETING  Since this is an ‘off election’ year we are not going to have an evening annual meeting and invite the city manager, Mayor, council persons, police chief and fire chief etc. Last year we had as many people on the agenda as we had from the community which shows there is not a lot of interest in coming to meetings. So we will have our ‘regular’ February meeting be the ‘annual’ meeting. All members are invited to attend. We will send our financial report out ahead by email. More details to follow after we meet next week to iron out the details.

Another change in our normal operation is that we are now going to offer the first year membership to the association free. So if a new member moves into Royal Harbor all we need is you to get their names, email and address and send them to us and we will put them on the membership rolls. This will recycle every calendar year. So please help us get everyone enrolled.

As you can see I am still acting as president of the association. I have agreed to continue awhile longer. Like it or not. HA HA


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Royal Harbor Update, 12/30/16

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a Happy New Year.

Here are a few items to update you on.

First a reminder of the work to be done on Sandpiper Street starting the 2nd. Where the little bridge is in Oyster Bay you can see the temporary patch of Blue pipe that the city installed a month ago. This is a sewer line patch and the city is going to fix it starting next week. They will be doing an under the road bore placing the new pipe so traffic may be slowed or even stopped for periods of time. If possible you should avoid this street. You can go down Marlin and take Palm out to 41 and avoid it all.

Another note on streets. Since the last update I have had multiple people contact me regarding speeding on Sandpiper and on the Streets in Royal Harbor. Especially Tarpon and Sandpiper past Marlin. Several residents say they have identified the habitual speeders and they are residents of the neighborhood. Please remember the people walking along the side of the street, biking the roads and walking dogs are your neighbors. We all need to slow down and realize the speed limit here is 25 in the neighborhood.

I now have about ½ of the people signed up for Royal Harbor association for next year. Next week I will be letting you know exactly who has and has not updated for 2017. Remember this is a voluntary organization. We hope that you feel the board here is helping the community and your membership is worthwhile.

Do you have a loved one that is not computer savvy but would like to receive daily emails? We have a Presto machine that does this.  We gave it to one of our parents who has passed now. So we have it and would like to give it to someone who could use it. It sets up and works over the phone line. Once installed (about 5 minutes) you can use it to send email and it prints out just like an old fax machine. So the recipient can stay in touch and receive emails from  the family. There is a very minimum monthly charge to Presto. If you want this call me and come pick it up. It worked great for us sending daily updates to grandma up in Illinois .

A resident on Tarpon contacted me last week and said someone took a Hobi Kayak off their dock. Sad to say they just missed it and do not know when, why or how, but use this as an alert to secure your stuff and keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Obviously someone just put it in the water and took off.

Lastly, it is nice to see you all back and the community full and bustling.


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Royal Harbor Update, 12/21/16

Thank you to the nearly 60 people who sent in their Homeowner applications for 2017. For the rest of you please try and get this done. Again if your data is the same all we need is your check, name and address and corrections for the directory. Also let us know on your proxy for the annual meeting. Application attached.

A couple things. January 2 the city will begin on fixing the sewer leaking pipe that has been temporarily patched along Sandpiper in Oyster 

Bay. This is by the little bridge and the big blue pipe is a temporary fix. The repair project will affect Sandpiper street as it will be one way in that area. There also may be delays as they bore drill under the road. So I will remind you again as time gets closer but that is what is going on there.

Also another Sandpiper Street reminder. The speed limit on Sandpiper is 30 mph and there is a stop sign at Sandpiper and Marlin. Complaints are still coming in from residents of speeders and reports of few people actually stopping at the stop sign. I am not the police, I am the messenger. If you get a ticket do not say you were not told about this. Right now this street is crowded with walkers, bicyclists, dog walkers, runners and lost drivers. Remember… please, this is Season AND PATIENCE IS REQUIRED.

Our new entrance to Royal Harbor sign that is along Sandpiper street just past Jewel Box will be installed next week. I hope you like it.

We also have ordered new RCC cards again for al members. These will be available next week too.

For all you boaters…Also attached is the proposed new manatee zone that has been, or will be, submitted to the State and Federal governmental bodies. This is predominantly to enforce slow speed zones. This is NOT yet a done deal, it is still in the planning stages. This is just to keep you informed.  Remember all canals are slow speed NO WAKE.

Only a few days now until Christmas. I hope you are all ready and all have a very warm, happy weekend. Thanks to all who put up festive lights and decorations. It makes our little Subdivision seem a cozy and happy place.

Since people are constantly moving in and out of Royal Harbor, Our Association Board now has a few vacancies we are needing to fill for next year. If you think you might be interested in working with us please send me your information and I will pass it on to the nominating committee. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at9:30 am at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. We, like the council, take the summer off from meetings.





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