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Archives of Starlight Tower's
Tower's Archives of the Starlight-Express Newsletter,
contain all issues of the Newsletter since the day of
this website's existence, September 2006.
The very First Issue of Starlight Express
Newsletter was created by the Editor and Chief Pat Ifft
on February 29, 1992 and since then is
maintained and produced monthly by her! All
Starlighter's owe immense gratitude to Pat in keeping
them informed with all happenings in our property good
and bad. All issues of Starlight Express contain
valuable and unique information of events and situations
taking place at that particular time period in our
beloved building that should not be lost, misplaced or
forgotten hence the need of the Archives was not only
needed but absolutely a "must have". As "good luck
charm" bellow the index of the issues permanently placed
here is our "Guest of Honor" the very
first issue of Starlight Express Internet publication.
This website got a facelift on March 2013 so
with the exception on the February issue the rest remain
with the old layout.
August 2014 Starlight Express
Below is a historic document The
First Starlight Express Newsletter published on our website's inaugural debut, September 2006. Thanks Pat.
September 10, 2006
Editor – Pat
Tempus fugits... and
I am finally feeling enough guilt to sit down and write
our newsletter. This has been an extraordinarily quiet
summer. So far, no major storms to plague us. Let’s hope
it continues until all our snowbirds are safely back
from their northern nests.
Alberto (remember him?) in June didn’t have a great
impact on our beach, although we did lose some sand. The
big yellow groin right out front did a good job of
protecting our property, especially the north end. The
wind kicked up for about 24 hours, and Christy and Tim
put up the furniture in the lobby and removed all pool
deck chairs. There was never a question of having to
leave……we never lost power, and there was no flooding
anywhere on our property or out on Beach Plaza. Ernesto
in August brought some rain and thunderstorms, but no
problems. Now we are watching Florence……hopefully she
will remain out in the Atlantic and not bother anyone,
but it looks as though Bermuda might feel her wrath.
The beach re-nourishment crews are back,
extending the existing beach out further, and covering
all the groins with sand. They began on Treasure Island,
and then came to Upham. Right now they are at the south
end of Caprice and are working their way up to Starlight
and Envoy Point. The birds love it……because the newly
pumped sand is filled with all kinds of goodies to
please the avian palate. There was some red tide
reported south of us, and it is working its way up here
also. Lots of coughing and sneezing. Hopefully it won’t
last too long.
At this point,
I have no further information regarding our upcoming
planned building rehab. I can report on a get-together
we had a few weeks ago. We invited 2 couples to visit
with us from Pointe Pass-a-Grille (the southernmost
building on St. Pete Beach). Their building had gone
through an extensive rehab last year and these folks
very graciously spent all one Saturday morning with 19
Starlight shareholders in our lobby, telling us their
experiences. Their building is quite different from
ours……only 50 units, 4 stories, and open balconies. The
balconies were in very bad condition. They used Karins
Engineering and Wilson Kehoe Building Contractors and
were pleased with their work. Their assessment was for
$1.4 million, of which $100,000 was returned to unit
owners at the end of the project. The project took from
May 1 well into December, and most owners left the
building for all or part of the work being done. The
people who visited us were some of the few who remained
in the building throughout, and they said it is very
noisy and very dirty, although the workers were all
efficient and pleasant to be around. Let’s hope that
when our time comes, regardless of what is done to our
building, we can keep our cool and remember that we are
A couple of
reminders: Do not take the pool chairs out to the beach.
They are meant to be used on the pool deck only. Our
pool closes at dusk... a state law. Swimming later than
that is at your own risk.
Joe and Maryann Piplica, (Apartment 906) have two very
gifted youngsters. Son Anthony, graduated last year as
Valedictorian of his Tampa Jesuit High School senior
class. He is in his second year at Georgia Tech.
Daughter Andrea graduated this past spring as
Valedictorian at Tampa Catholic High School. She is a
freshman at Wellesley in Boston. Congratulations to all
We have a new resident in apartment 203
– Marvene Blair. Welcome, Marvene.
Al Stucko will be
returning in October after a long absence for health
reasons. It will be great to see Al again.
other night at a Devil Rays game, we ran into our former
maintenance gal, Brooke Kovalska. She graduated in the
spring as a pharmacy tech, and when I asked her where
she was working, she said that she wasn’t working as a
tech yet. The company that had employed her part-time at
the Tropicana Field (Carvel) offered her a job as
assistant manager, and she took it. She looks wonderful
and asked to be remembered to everyone back at
Starlight. Her little boy is now 6 years old, in first
Some people who were here this summer: Mo
and Laryn Finder; Donnie and Elsie Tarrell and W. A. and
Nelda Smith; Doug Joy; John and Sheila Somogyi (Sheila
divided her time between the pool and the St. Pete Beach
library); Evangelos and Louisa Simos; Gerlinde Eaves and
her family, all the way from London. And of course, some
of us had children and grandchildren visiting... all
enjoying our warm Gulf and warmer pool. I am sure there
were others, and if I missed you, I apologize.
We ran into Marge Whittey the other evening, and she
says “Hello” to all Starlighters. She misses the people
here, but loves her house and garden.
next regular board meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, October 19th at 7 p.m.
There were a lot of birthdays
over the summer. We hope you all had good ones, with a
very happy, healthy year ahead.