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December 2009 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter 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 2009 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Volume XVIII, No. 7

December 6, 2009
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )
December 2009 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida
As I write this,
the elves are working on the outside lighting, the wreath is hung, and Starlight is preparing for its 52nd Christmas holiday season. We had hoped that all the exterior work would be finished by now, but the building does look regal in its new paint, and with the many improvements accomplished in the recent rehab. The a/c covers will arrive shortly, as will the completion of the seaward fence. Then the new lighting fixtures will be installed, and the new roof will top it all off. 


Owners meeting

A special meeting of Unit Owners was held last Wednesday, called to vote on three issues.

  • Owners voted to WAIVE the year-end audit by a CPA, in lieu of the current year-end financial statement being provided;

  • voted to WAIVE a fully funded Reserve Fund; (we will have a partially funded reserve fund);

  • voted to carry over any surplus funds to next year’s operating account to be used as a credit towards future maintenance fee assessments. Had this not been agreed to, carryover funds would become taxable income.

Immediately after the meeting, the Board met and adopted the 2010 proposed budget.
Some questions that were answered:  

  • We will have a partially funded reserve fund. ($18,333). This was added in to the Operating budget based on lending requirements from financial institutions and to enhance our association’s position in the real estate market.

  • Being sensitive to the financial burden of the loan and the addition of the partial reserve funding, the Board significantly streamlined the Operating Budget for 2010. This results in lowered maintenance payments (about 8%) for those who prepaid their share of the loan and lessened the impact of the additional loan payment for those who chose to finance.

  • About $146,000 of the $270,000 loan was paid in advance by owners before the deadline of 5 p.m. on December 2.

  • The loan is for 4 yrs at 6.75% interest.  


Beach renourishment news:

On Monday night, November 30, the St. Pete Beach City Commission voted unanimously to recommend to Pinellas County Option 2 of the four options presented by the engineers for the stabilization of Upham Beach. Option 2 provides for a total of 4 groins, and the removal of the present groin in the center of Upham Beach, which will allow more wave action so that surfing can be enjoyed there. (View the presentation online at Click on “Press Releases – Upham Beach Presentation”). Repairs to the two badly damaged groins will be undertaken during the renourishment project. Permitting will begin early January, with renourishment due in May or June.

Kevin Hing, (Apt. 702) is Chairman of the Beach Renourishment Committee, which performed due diligence in recommending Option 2 to the City Commission. This option will cost $4million, a saving of $1 million over the next preferred option. Starlighters have been very supportive of this beach stabilization effort, attending meetings and writing to public officials. We thank Hugh McGuigan and Marlene Reid, who have worked for many years to get some relief for our constantly eroding beach and most especially to Kevin, who has spent countless hours searching for the best available answer to beach preservation.

What incentive can we offer,

to encourage unit owners to run for the Board? How about the gratitude of the Board members who plan- to serve again? And the satisfaction of helping to oversee the governance of Starlight. It does take time, patience, and a willingness to give back. More information will be included in a mailing going out soon. If you have already served, consider “re-upping”. If you have never served, will this be the year?

Through President Marlene Reid’s perseverance, the Pinellas County Water Dept. refunded $8,000 after detection of a major leak in one of our pipes from the street. Money most appreciated.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have a mat on the walkway, please remove it. We are reminded that moisture building up underneath the mat will have a detrimental effect on the cathodic system imbedded in the walkway.

New faces

Starlight has a new manager from Resource Property Management. Her name is Loey Antonucci, and she was introduced at the owners meeting last Tuesday by former manager Diane Falgione, who is changing to a part-time position with Resource. Thanks, Diane for your help through the renovation project. Welcome to Starlight, Loey.

December 2009 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County FloridaAnd here we’d like to introduce our new maintenance person, Tracey Brown. Tracey has worked for Resource for two years, and comes to us from her former building in Treasure Island. Tracey has two grown sons, and she and her husband Chris spend their leisure time in and on the water, surfing and diving. They also motorcycle, and recently traveled to northeast Ohio (their former home) in a 22-hour, 1100-mile trip. If you haven’t met her yet, take time to introduce yourself to our newest Starlighter. Welcome to Starlight, Tracey!



Some people news...

  • Evangelos & Louisa Simos (908) are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Maria to Mr. Neil Sogard.

  • Hugh McGuigan (501) is home from Bayfront Hospital….we wish him healthier days ahead.

  • Our sympathy to Al Stucko (108) whose younger brother James passed away on November 28 in Aiken, South Carolina.

  • Many thanks to Sophie Bryk (608) for her ongoing work with the flowers and plants on our grounds.

  • And thanks to DD Wales and Arlene Kuhn for working on the holiday lighting. It’s not easy to sort out miles and miles of lights…..especially in the rain!

  • Welcome to Starlight Lois and John Towey (607), arriving in January for 3 months; and Sandra Szopa and Heather Burdash in 506.

  • Christy Hayes, our longtime maintenance person, has transferred to the Key Capri complex in Treasure Island. She is doing well, and sends her best regards to all her friends at Starlight.

Merry Birthday...  

December 2009 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida these December folks:
Belated to Doug Latawiec – 2nd and Faride Trujillo – 3rd;
Carol Stucko – 6th;
Skip Curcio
– 7th;
Hugh McGuigan – 18th;
George Wolff
– 20th.
If you are new to Starlight in the last year or two, please email me your birthday. Thanks.

N e w s !!!!

There will be a

Christmas Party...

 D a t e    t o    b e    A n n o u n c e d.

W a t c h     f o r     M o r e     i n f o  ! ! ! ! !

M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S
Happy Holidays EVERYONE!!!
December 2009 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

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