Royal Harbor Update: 8/27/2015


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,

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

 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:

 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



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Royal Harbor Update:June 24

Monday night several residents along Sandpiper Street had their cars broken into and one couple had a bicycle stolen. I happened to have had my truck robbed. Somehow I guess I forgot to lock my truck that always sits out front and unbeknown to me, my wallet must have fallen out of my pocket when I got out and was left overnight in the truck. When I could not find it in the morning I checked and it was in the front seat of the truck minus the cash. So here is proof it can happen to anyone if you are not vigilant.

The police have been notified and the video tapes will likely be reviewed to see if we can find the culprit. I have added a new motion sensor light on my front drive.

Here again the police number 213 4844



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Royal Harbor Update: June 15,2015

A neighbor stopped yesterday to tell me they think they were visited by “gypsies”. He said he answered the door to find a man making inquiries about lawn care. He was very engaging and they talked for several minutes. When done the neighbor noticed that four youths came around from behind a neighbor’s home and got into the white truck and off they went. He later thought this was odd that maybe he was being distracted while the others were casing the backyards for entry or things to steal.

I notified the police of this incident and they will step up patrols but asked me to remind everyone that if they notice anything suspicious to call them right away. This is the type of method used in the past, so if we can notify police early enough, they might catch them in the neighborhood.

Since we introduced the security cameras, our instances of theft in Royal Harbor is next to none.  Now, this is a very low crime area and we who live here year-round feel safe 24/7, but we still need to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. The number again is 239-213-4844. Please post this number by your phone and list it in your cell phone contacts.

 For those on Sandpiper south of Marlin and on Sheepshead, the discussions on the upkeep of this road are ongoing. I am pushing for a resolution but ????

Those staying this summer will be glad to know the fishing reports I see look good. Some big catches reported. Summer is a great time for coastal fishing but watch out for afternoon storms. Most go early in the AM and return before 2.  Remember, if you hear thunder, head home immediately, as lightning can strike up to 12 miles AWAY FROM the storm clouds.

 Restaurants are not so crowded and this is a good time to try out the new places. Most run early bird dinners at discounted prices and for those who like it, many offer a free bottle of wine with 2 dinners. Watch the newspaper for these specials.


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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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