Royal Harbor update: 04/12/2016

Again thank you to all who donated to the camera fund. The install crews will be on site at the 2 corners on Thursday andFriday to do directional bores and to install the poles. We are all good to go.

Also, if you did not get this before…the donations you made are tax deductable since we are a non profit organization. We can provide you with our number if you think you need it.

Also, I am in discussions with another association in the area interested in buying our present camera equipment, so it will not just be discarded.

Attached is a garbage gram from the city.

I hope you have a great summer.

Terry Forshier

GG-Electronic Recycle Event-Earth Day 2016

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Royal Harbor Update of Update: 03/10/2016

I am happy to tell you all we have had enough pledged  so far to do both entrances to Royal Harbor with the video cameras.  This is not saying we could not use more and not exhaust our reserve. So if you are still planning to help, please do.

I spoke today to the City Police technician who will be designing and putting the systems in place on our two corners. He told me they would be out this Friday taking measurements for placement of new poles (20 footers, 5 feet in ground) and measuring for the electrical trenching etc. His time table was anywhere from a month to 6 weeks depending on the permitting process.

Those of you who are contributing can drop off your checks here in the Royal Harbor drop off box on my house under the flag like you did your applications. OR you can mail checks to me. We need them within the next 2 weeks.

PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AND STREET ADDRESS ON YOUR CHECK.

Terry Forshier

1750 Sandpiper St,

Naples 34102

Make checks to Royal Harbor Homeowners association .

We will send everyone a receipt by email. (we think these might be tax deductable since we are  a 501c(4) non-profit corporation.) 

To answer some questions:

The camera system is to cover all entrance streets into Royal Harbor. I do not know where the pole on Dolphin will be, but the one on Marlin entrance will be in my yard for best coverage. (so I am sacrificing yard again) When I get more information, I will provide it.

The city people I am working with are as excited about this program as I hope you are. Once again, we are in on a new and  innovative system and one that will add security for all of us.

For those who expressed disappointment that not everyone was contributing, I agree. However, let me share ,  your many positive responses and willingness to pitch in has really “made” my last few days. When we first sent out the request, Rhonda and I wondered if we would get many positive responses.  We could not believe so many of you responded so quickly. When you are on this end of these messages, one often wonders if anyone out there is really interested in reading what you are sending and interested in what you are doing.

We are also trying to get the booklets out. I know I am cheap but you know the post office charges us $2.54  to mail each one. It would sure be less costly if those of you that are here would either pick one up, or if you let us know you are here now, we could send someone around and leave it at your home (if you are here) Then we could mail the rest. Some of you still have RCC cards coming in the booklet envelope too.

 

Let me know. I have to get this stuff off my desk this week. Please go vote early and get it done.

 

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Royal Harbor Update: 03/10/2016

I have been in ongoing talks with the city regarding our security cameras at the entrances to Royal Harbor. It is my goal to have the city police force take over this project with a full-time,live-feed system that will use the Internet/cell tower to feed monitors in the police dept on a 24/7 basis with live feed of the intersections. In case of any outage, the police would know immediately, all crimes could be immediately accessed at the station and police alerted to the videos, license plates, type of suspected vehicle, etc. And, mostly, this would take Royal Harbor out of the monthly fees, maintenance costs and replacement business. It would also stop the time lapse getting the video company out to the pole, run off the video and then transport it to the police, then them watching it. This was taking a week or more. Follow up and calling around to get this done was frustrating and time consuming. This is Police work and should be done by them.

We know we have 2 locations for cameras. Since we know cameras at the main location on Marlin were vandalized and will need replacement, we started by looking at this area first. The city has now agreed if we could put in the equipment they need, and it is an upgrade to what we have now, they would then take over the entire operation in perpetuity.

I just got the figures from the city. It is just over $21,000 per entrance  We have enough money now for one entrance but not both at this time.  we are short about $15,000.

We get $50 for each membership and with 275 paid members this is $13,750. WE currently have  about $30,000 in our account. Our main expenses have been camera replacement and maintenance. Once this is out of our hands this expense will go away.

We are wondering if we can get members to donate to this upgrade…approximately 150 people  giving an additional $100 or more . I have, in discussing this with a few people already, had pledges totaling over $1000.

Some may say, why doesn’t the city just pay for it? Well, think about it,  if they pay for ours, then they have to do everyone. This is not possible, so this, right now, is a one-time opportunity, a pilot program, and we need to take the initiative and do it. Think of what this does to the value of property in Royal Harbor.

This is a big step and an amazing upgrade for security in Royal Harbor, and it will free us from the burdens of this operation. (which is a LOT for a few of us on the board)

I need to know NOW if you will donate and how much. If the response is enough, we will go forward with both entrances.  If not we go to Plan B, whatever that is?

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Royal Harbor Update, 02/15/2016

Last night there were some boat electronics stolen off boats in this area. Whoever it was, disabled the video cameras. It appears  we do have some footage on hard drive and the police are reviewing this. The video shows that the burglars parked their van at the newspaper boxes just down the street from the intersection. Then someone from the backside of the cameras moved them so the cameras could not get the license plates or clear views. Then they entered and stole off the boats. This was just before 4 am. One camera was destroyed. All are now up and running again tonight and the police are doing extra vigilance on the area for the near future.

Each of you may want to check your boats to see if you were hit. Some boats were high on lifts and owners just happened to check and find the stuff missing.

Lastly, after 7 years as President of the Homeowners association I have decided to step down  and let someone else take over.  I am a believer in term limits and think my tenure should be up. I plan to continue serving out my final year on the board, but not as president,  I have enjoyed working with the residents and the city  but I need to spend more time in my real job as a REALTOR and prioritize my family.

Terry Forshier

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Royal Harbor Update, 02/11/2016

I spoke to a resident yesterday who informed me that driving into her driveway one afternoon she saw a silver 4 door  car parked on an empty lot next to her home. The doors were open as was the trunk, and two men, one in her yard and one on the next door lot, were walking around toward the sea wall. When she approached in the car, the two ran back to their car, closed up the trunk and doors and briskly left the scene. She felt this suspicious and called the police who are reviewing the cameras at this time. They said it is possible these guys were canvassing the area for boat theft. Please be on the lookout and report any suspicious activity at once.

Those of you who did not attend the Annual meeting on Tuesday missed out. Every single candidate running for local office attended and briefly spoke to us. Also attending were Doug Finlay, Linda Penneman and Sam Saad.  I see and talk to many of you throughout the year. Many of you have come up with great ideas and suggestions that could improve the city and our community. Telling me is great and I try to funnel your ideas through to the city but NOTHING beats you meeting the people who make the decisions and telling them yourself.

Those of you who have had problems that we were able to help out on, know that the city does respond, all the way from the city manager to the Mayor. The reason for this is we have become a voice that is heard. Having a hundred residents at our annual meeting may be ok, BUT it is nothing to crow about. In fact, it was disappointing.  Every community gets the government they deserve. If we as a community do not show up, or if we become indifferent, then you can be sure that this attitude will be reflected back to us.

So please , ask your neighbor who attended about the meeting. Ask them if they were falling asleep or ask if it was informative, on time and interesting. Be there next year.

I and the board hope you will take the time this year to become more involved. We are always looking for new volunteers and we have many projects we are working on.

Terry Forshier

President Royal Harbor Association

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Royal Harbor Update, 02/08/2016

Our annual meeting is just one day away. Yes Tuesday at 7 pm at the sailing and yacht club.

Did you know our little subdivision of 415 home sites pays a little over 2.25 million dollars a year in property taxes? Yes and of that over $600,000 goes directly to the city of Naples. The people that are deciding how your money is spent and what city services you get for this money you give, every year, will be attending.

This is your chance to see them and meet them one on one after the meeting.

Please take the time and attend. With nearly 15 speakers each talking from 3 to 5 minutes you will not be falling asleep.

Come and support your neighbors on the board who are volunteering to make this community all it can be.

Lastly, a resident lost his apple watch while walking along Kingfish and I think Tarpon. If you find it, let me know. It can only be used by the owner anyhow.

Terry Forshier      732 1238

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Royal Harbor Update, 01/27/2016

AnnualHeadingRHannualMTGThe Royal Harbor Homeowners Association will have its annual meet­ing Tuesday, February 9, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. 7 pm to 8:30.

 All members are invited. We will introduce the 2016 slate of board members and elect them at this time. Committee chairmen will give a short overview of their accomplishments last year. We have already emailed the financial report but will approve it at this meeting.

City Manager Bill Moss will attend and give us an overview of some of the city’s achievements and ongoing plans. Mayor Sorey will also speak and add to this. This is your chance to get straight answers from our leaders to questions you may have.  Our neighborhood Police officer Ty­rone Davis will be there, say hi, and you will have a chance to meet him. Also several council persons wish to address the group and say hi.

Then you may know, we have a number of city council candidates vying for 3 spots. Most of these are planning to attend and tell you why you should vote for them. (we have asked them to be brief)

This is an important informational meeting for you. Here you can see what we as a volunteer group are planning to do to help the community become even better.  Every one of our board members  has selflessly given their time to this endeavor and tried to make a difference.

Please try to attend.

Questions?? Call me, Terry Forshier, president   239 732 1238 

 

 

 

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Royal Harbor Update, 01/18/2016

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January 23 is the date for the garage sale. On that day all of Royal Harbor residents wanting to  participate will Open for a commu­nity Garage Sale. this is a good time to get rid of those things you no longer want. Peo­ple will buy everything. Last day to sign upJan 20.

You can start when you want and close when you want. If you can fill out the application and return it to Nancy Lockwood in person or by email she will go to the city and get the permits.

We will then have maps placed at the entrances to Royal Harbor with those home sites participating indicated.

Traffic will be really something so prepare for it.

If you do not have an application or cannot find the email with it attached call Nancy or me and we will send another.

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Royal Harbor Update, 01/14/2016:

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January 23 is the date for the garage sale. On that day all of Royal Harbor residents wanting to  participate will Open for a commu­nity Garage Sale. In the past we have had thousands come so this is a good time to get rid of those things you no longer want. Peo­ple will buy everything.

You can start when you want and close when you want. If you can fill out the application and return it to Nancy Lockwood in person or by email she will go to the city and get the permits. 2150 Shad Ct. 774 2806

We will then have maps placed at the entrances to Royal Harbor with those home sites participating indicated.

Traffic will be really something, so prepare for it.

If you do not have an application or cannot find the email with it attached, call Nancy or me and we will send another .

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