December 2008 Newsletter Starlight Express

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December 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

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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 for 17 years! All Starlighter's owe immense gratitude to Pat in keeping them informed with all happenings good and bad. 

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December 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

December 6, 2008
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )

...tranquility at sunset….the newly trimmed palm trees awaiting another day in paradise.

December 2008 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter


Greetings and best holiday wishes to all Starlighters and friends. Lynn Dopp has once again written a fine informative report on what is occurring in (and on) the building, during our rehabilitation project. Please read it carefully, and it will help you understand where we are and what still lies ahead. Here are a few pictures to show those of you who haven’t been here for awhile what Starlight is looking like these days. If you read this online, you will see everything in glorious color. The copies on the counter in the lobby are in black and white, since color printing is still quite expensive.

(Picture below): The picture to the left is a shot of the north east wall, where air conditioner vents from the ’08 units are being removed, prior to their being replaced with new vents.

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(Picture above): The picture to the right shows the north end of the 9th floor walkway which has been sloped and one coating in place, with several more coatings to be applied.


(Picture below): To the left, you see many, many 80-pound bags of concrete, stored in the south driveway ready to be carried up onto the floors in wheelbarrows in the elevator. (That’s Caprice in the background.)

(Picture below right): Here is the “Sky Climber”, which the workers use to work above ground, anywhere from 2nd to top floors.

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(Picture below): Here is a view of the north wall – virtually completed. This picture was taken at sunset, the reason for the pink cast.

December 2008 Starlight Tower

Resource Property Management has assigned a new manager to Starlight: Dianne Falgione.
Phone Number for Resource is 864-0004.


December 2008 Starlight Tower
Christmas holidays are fast approaching, and because of the construction, it won’t be possible for Christy and Tim to put up the outdoor lights this year. However, when I met them Wednesday morning, they were carrying boxes of red and green light bulbs. When I asked what they were doing, Christy said they thought we needed some Christmas cheer, so they were installing the red and green walkway lights. And the big wreath is hung under the portico – so Santa should be able to find us in spite of the construction.

There has been some talk of a Christmas party….nothing definite decided yet. But perhaps if a few people are willing to organize it, we could have a nice get-together, with BYOB and a kind of potluck, as we did last year. Also, we need some people to decorate the lobby and the Christmas tree. Last year the party was the Sunday before Christmas. Sound good? 

The city has granted an additional height variance for the proposed fence on our seawall cap. Many thanks to Bill Wales for preparing the required documents and presenting to the City Council. At the last Board meeting, a question was raised by a unit owner whether a vote of the owners is required for the fence to be installed. Lynn Dopp will ask our attorney to clarify.


The Beach T-Groin project is moving along. Dr. Nicole Elko has responded to Kevin Hing’s inquiry of November 3 with the following information:

  • Probable date the engineer will commence work on a design for a permanent groin structure – December 1, 2008.

  • Two stakeholder meetings will occur on or around February 2, 2009 and May 4, 2009.

  • The estimated date when alternatives will be presented to the city commission - on or around July 1, 2009.

  • Deadline the county has specified under the contract for completion of the revised/proposed final design – September 1, 2009.
    Also note: Beach renourishment is scheduled for the fall of 2009.


I had an email shortly before Thanksgiving from a lady who lived here many years ago. She had been on our web site and wrote to me, telling where she lived (405) and the people she remembered. She loved St. Pete Beach and living at Starlight. In her words, here’s how she (and a lot of people) feel about Starlight: “I have a saying hanging on the wall over my pelican collection that says, ‘You never really leave a place you love.
Part of it you take with you, leaving part of you behind.’ ” She goes on to say, “For me, that is Starlight. I will never forget you and I cannot thank you enough for your website and the beautiful pictures.” Her name is Pat Sadeik, and she lives in Colorado. She isn’t able to travel any more, so it was doubly nice that she could visit us via the internet.

Some People News…

  • Ric Garland (706-7) suffered a heart attack in late October. He is doing fine now, and he and Sue hope to come down in April.

  • Our sympathy to former Starlighter, Lina Ehresman Scardino. Her husband Ralph died on
    October 30.

  • Welcome to new resident in #701, Andrew Mostello.

  • And welcome to the fourth floor to Tiffany Beausejour who moved up to 404 from 107.


December 2008 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in December:
Doug Latawiec 2nd; Faride Trujillo 3rd; Mark Schleben 4th;Carol Stucko 6th;
Skip Curcio 7th; Hugh McGuigan 18th; George Wolff 20th. January:
Christy Hays 1st; Gail Dolphin 6th; Alexandra Curran 12th; Sally Borland 17th; Lea Cavender 19th; Jan Farhnow 30th; and Marcia Thorpe 30th.

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