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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.
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:
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.
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.
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,
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.
Erica J. Martin, MPA, AICP
City of Naples
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.
|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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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..
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 email@example.com 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 [Maarten@HeybroekConsulting.com] 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.
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