It had been a while since I last saw the “Upload folder is not writable. Export and file upload features will not be functional.”  I had totally forgotten how to fix it or even that I had ever seen it before.  DOH!!!

After trying to fix things for a good number of hours, I finally found the answer at

check the path in settings -> Miscellaneous

OF COURSE!!!  I have run into this issue many times before when moving a site.  I simply deleted all the junk that was in the “Store uploads in this folder” field on “Settings”->”Media” in the WordPress admin.

Problem solved!