About The Starlight Express
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.
Thank You Pat
December 6, 2008
- Pat Ifft (email@example.com)
- Louisa Simos (
...tranquility at sunset….the newly trimmed palm trees
awaiting another day in paradise.
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.
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.
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
(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.)
below right): Here is the “Sky Climber”,
which the workers use to work above ground, anywhere
from 2nd to top floors.
(Picture below): Here is a
view of the north wall – virtually completed. This
picture was taken at sunset, the reason for the pink
Resource Property Management has assigned a new
manager to Starlight: Dianne Falgione.
Number for Resource is 864-0004.
|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
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
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
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
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
Welcome to new resident in #701, Andrew Mostello.
And welcome to the fourth floor to Tiffany
Beausejour who moved up to 404 from 107.
|Doug Latawiec 2nd; Faride Trujillo 3rd; Mark
Schleben 4th;Carol Stucko 6th;
Skip Curcio 7th; Hugh
McGuigan 18th; George Wolff 20th.
|Christy Hays 1st; Gail Dolphin 6th; Alexandra Curran
12th; Sally Borland 17th; Lea Cavender 19th; Jan Farhnow
30th; and Marcia Thorpe 30th.