Royal Harbor Update, Police report:

I received a call from Officer Davis, our neighborhood community officer, this afternoon. He asked me to ask all of you to be sure you lock your cars at night if you are leaving them outside. He said there have been reports of people opening unlocked doors and taking stuff from cars.

be sure your outdoor motion sensitive lights are on and working. Now that many have gone North the streets appear vacant and this may attract burglars of opportunity. Please look out for anything suspicious and report anything to the police. 213 4844

 I am told the mosquito control was surprised at the many calls from Royal Harbor. They have not started spraying but I am told this may prompt them to start here. Again the number is 436 1000.

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Royal Harbor Update: 05/23/2015

I have been told that mosquitoes are out and biting in Royal Harbor. You may know that Naples and Collier County has a full-scale mosquito control organization with airplanes, helicopters and other vehicles. This program sprays on a revolving system. However, I have been told that it is also consumer driven. If enough people call and complain, they move you up in the line for treatment. Here is the number to call 239-436-1000. You may have to record your complaint. If you just want to hear when the next scheduled treatment is for your area, there is also a recording at 436-1010. However, if you would take one minute and call, I bet we get a spray plane in a few days.

On this line, here is a note on alligators. Collier also has an alligator service that will remove a gator if it appears large enough to be a threat and if it is not moving away on its own. It has happened that a gator will show up under your dock in the canal. During mating season they move around more than normal. You can call 800-432-2046 or 866-432-2046 if you see one. After many years here in Royal Harbor, there have been very few instances I recall but they do occur.

If you would see other wildlife, report it to the police department. You may recall that just this season a panther was found in the yard of a home in Port Royal. Officials came and tranquilized it and moved it to another location. I personally have seen armadillos, iguanas, coyotes, fox,opossums, raccoons and bobcats in the area.  They are not domesticated and not pets. Do not let your youngsters run and try to feed or pet any wild creature. There are other animals around, but not reported, sighted  here, wild pigs and bears are also on the move on Keywayden and the islands and communities to our east. I point out no person here  has been attacked, chased or harmed by any wildlife to my knowledge. Just beware these are the animals answering the call of mother nature in the springtime.

How Government grows. Here below, from Councilman Finlay, is a sequence of videos showing the city council reviewing the cost of repairing and replacing city dock. If you care to watch these you can see how the price tag goes from a million dollars to now 7 million dollarsestimated.

Below are links to archived, City Council video. Start with the top City Dock discussion on 6/10/13 and advance 6:35, then go to 6/20/14 and advance to 8.58, followed by 5/18/15 and advance to 2:38. You will notice the City Dock capital (for a rebuild) goes from $1,000,000 (or less) to $7,000,000 in two years.


City Council Workshop Meeting – May 18th, 2015

Lastly, the never-ending saga of the dispute over wages and pension benefits and the possible merging of fire districts between firefighters and the city. I see in today’s paper that the firefighters union has successfully stopped a meeting of county officials and volunteers who were meeting to explore the situation and trying to find solutions by filing a lawsuit against the city under the Sunshine Act. Watch the newspaper for more on this. Eventually this situation has to be resolved.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and be safe in your car and on the water. I am going out now and putting out the flags.

 Terry Forshier

President Royal Harbor homeowners




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Royal Harbor Update water lines: 04/03/2015

Attached is the latest information on the waterline install for Marlin Drive and then Dolphin area. Please print out or save this information on your computer and keep it handy if you have questions as this project continues. Starts Monday 13th

Below is the contact for the city.

Allyson Holland, PE

Deputy Utilities Director, City of Naples


RH updateWaterLines

RH update street plan


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Royal Harbor Update: 03/26/15

Volunteers Needed !


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Royal Harbor Update – March 4, 2015

Since we are all boaters this is important to us. Gordon Pass is fast shoaling in and we need people to call our elected officials and ask them to fund this project. This below I copied from one of the Royal Harbor residents who has been active in trying to solve this problem. Please take a moment and make the calls. On your cell these are free calls. Just tell whomever answers why you are calling and urge them to have their office act.

Here are the phone numbers for our elected officials:

 Senator Marco Rubio –           202.224.3041

 Senator Bill Nelson –                   202.224.5274

 Congressman Kurt Clawson –   202.225.2536

Boat owners are encouraged to call about the shoaling of Gordon Pass.  Permits are in place and all that is needed in an appropriation from Congress.  The US Army Corp of Engineers has the responsibility to undertake the dredging effort.  It cannot be accomplished by any other jurisdiction of government.

 The issue with Gordon Pass is that a dangerous shoal has developed.  According to the Naples Harbor Master, at low tide the depth has been reduced to 5 feet, 1 inch.  Without dredging, a marine accident is sure to occur.  Sailboats entering and exiting the pass have already been adversely affected.

New topic…

Today I was notified that there was an attempted break-in on Tarpon Road. An alarm went off and it appears that the slider to the pool area was jimmied as someone tried to access the house. Police were notified and responded. Please be vigilant. Its is season and streets are busy so often people wandering around are overlooked.

I received a communication from Penny Taylor, our new commissioner, today, these items are from her update:

                                         BAYSHORE/GATEWAY CRA

Three issues in the District 4 CRA required my immediate attention in November…the CRA Triangle Option-to-Purchase, the Haldemann Creek issue and the RaceTrac proposal.

                                                 THE CRA TRIANGLE

The CRA Triangle option to purchase was approved at that November 18th meeting and the developer has until May to secure his purchase with a $5 million payment.

                                               HALDEMANN CREEK

The developers of the Haldemann Creek parcel withdrew their original petition for 42 boat docks  after a six hour hearing examiner’s meeting attended by over ninety neighbors and it is my understanding a new proposal will soon be submitted. There will be another neighborhood informational meeting scheduled through the Bayshore Gateway CRA office.  This proposal will contain boat docks, but far fewer. 


The proposed RaceTrac gas station development on US 41 is located next to the Naples Bay Resort.  It was standing room only at the neighborhood informational meeting and the neighbors were picketing the site on a regular basis.  The petition for a smaller twelve pump gas station plus a 6000 square foot  convenience store was withdrawn before it was scheduled to be voted on by the Board of County Commissioners presumably because of lack of support from the Board.  At this point, no other plan has been submitted to the planning department.

Next Topic..                                                                                                                              The Royal Harbor Directories will be done this week. We plan to mail them out next week. PLEASE, we all try to make this as perfect as we can but every now and then someone gets a name messed up. If your name or address or other information is not correct we can send out the email correction for all to change their book.

Next topic.                                                                                                                             Some of you know that Naples Sandpiper Bay Club has contracted with a new fiber optic cable company to provide them with internet and TV. I was contacted to see if I thought Royal Harbor residents would be responsive to a new supplier other than Comcast or Direct TV. I expect to be contacted by the company any time as I informed them many residents had complained to  me regarding these service suppliers. So maybe we can get updated internet and cable.



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Royal Harbor update..Precautionary Boil Water Notice – Water System Shutdown

Attached is the above referenced notice concerning the shutdown of the Royal Harbor water system next Wednesday, February 11th  Please call with questions.

Thank you again,

Bob Middleton

Utilities Director



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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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