August 2011 Newsletter Starlight Express

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August 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Volume XX, No. 5

August 1, 2011
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )

You might call this a summer update rather than a regular edition of the Express...  

August 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

As you can see from this picture,
the beach in front of Starlight is finished. And everyone is enjoying it ... locals and tourists alike. Today (Saturday) a group of about 30 well-mannered high school kids…boys and girls, spent the morning concocting a water slide from the T-groin across the sand. They shoveled sand to form a ramp, then laid down about 25 feet of heavy plastic for the slide and spent the afternoon having a ball. When they left, there was no sign they had been there……just great kids taking advantage of a beautiful summer day at the beach.

The current word is that there really isn’t money
in the county/state coffers to fund the permanent solution (rock jetty) to Upham Beach erosion, scheduled for 2013. However, if you are a concerned citizen of Starlight and St. Pete Beach, it would be a good idea to take a few minutes and shoot an email to our County Commissioner, John Morroni, urging him to continue his fight for the money to complete the Upham Beach project.
His address is:

Laundry Room Project

The Board of Directors has authorized the venting of the laundry rooms, so that the doors to the laundries can be closed while the machines are operating. This work will begin on August 1 and will be completed on or hopefully before August 25. The dryers will be vented on the south wall.

 (See pictures.)

Please be advised that drilling through 9” concrete walls will be very noisy. The contractor will finish as quickly as possible. Inch-thick soundproofing mats will be placed under the machines to further absorb sound. The 5th-floor laundry has been successfully retrofitted. Board member Warren Weathers directed this project.

Walkway Project Update
The Board has advised Complete Property Systems that the project to recoat the walkways should commence as soon as the laundry rooms have been retrofitted, as soon after August 25 as possible. We will notify everyone as soon as that schedule is available, since it will mean vacating our apartments for a couple of days, as each floor is worked on. The same product will be used, in a new darker color and will include doing the stairwells and stairways.

Mischief and vandalism
I’m very sad to report that several occasions of mischief and more serious vandalism have taken place on our property in the last few weeks. Human (adult) excrement in the pool, a bicycle stolen, cars vandalized, people getting on and off the elevator at 3 and 4 a.m., green “slime” smeared on the elevator car buttons.

What to do?
It is up to every Starlight owner and tenant to be alert to unusual behavior!
We have every right to question “strangers”, to point out in a kind manner breaches of our rules, for example wearing shoes and cover-ups in the lobby, not leaving entry doors propped open, etc.

To help keep an eye on the property, several lights are going to be installed. One will be mounted on the electric pole near the south entrance and a couple of others will be installed on the north side of our parking lot.

The possibility of installing surveillance cameras will be undertaken when next year’s budget is discussed.

 August 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Here are some more beach pictures (viewed from the 4th floor.)
It is grand to look out and see our tax dollars at work!

August 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

And finally... our congratulations and best wishes to
Maria Simos and Neil Sogard who were married on May 21 at St. Stephanos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. Maria is the daughter of our webmaster Louisa and Evangelos Simos (908).

August 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

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