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February 2013 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida
Volume XXII, No. 2
February 27, 2013
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos(

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

Thank You Pat 

The valentines are put away and and at Walgreens the Easter bunnies...
are competing for shelf space with St. Paddy’s Day green top hats. The air is a little softer, and daylight saving time arrives at 2 a.m. on March 10. So what does this mean to us at Starlight?
Shuffleboard Tournament and lasagna dinner! Yeah...
We have the straight scoop from the Chairperson herself. The date is Saturday, March 23. The committee includes Beth and John Dubeau, Carl and Sharon Diehm, Yvonne Dinardo, Gail Dolphin, Verna and Jim Murphy, Mary and Alban Murphy, Ursula and Denis O’Connor, Chuck Prokop, Dan and Marlene Reid, and Don and Edith Schneider. These folks are hard at work making certain it will be a top-notch event, and fun for ALL Starlighters!

Marlene says: “We emphasize that ALL residents – owners and residents alike,, are invited and encouraged to take part in the tourney and the always-super dinner. The cost will be $14.00 per person for those 14 and over, and 14-year-olds may take part in the tournament. All other particulars will be announced soon! “

Webmaster's note: Marlene Reid sent us the 2013 Tournament & Dinner Report on March 26, 2013 which I have posted at the end of our Shuffleboard Tournament page and you can see the winners of the 2013 Tournament and the local vendors who generously donated services & prizes to participants.
  One Very Happy Note:
Renew Spinal Care
, the company owned by Starlighters Guy & Rose Lepine, is generously sponsoring this Annual Tournament/Dinner Event to the tune of $250.00. Guy says this is their way of saying thanks to Starlighters who have welcomed them and made them part of the “family”. He and Rose love living at Starlight and enjoy their many friends here. We say to Guy and Rose: “Thanks a million!”
The Girls in Pink

While we’re on the subject of shuffleboard, these girls are in the pink despite their loss to the guys in their challenge match a couple of weeks ago. Everyone is welcome to play on Tuesday mornings, starting around ten o’clock, weather permitting.

Following is the annual report of 2012 Board President, Ron Porat:

To my fellow Starlighters,
I am happy to report that 2012 has been a very positive year for Starlight Tower. Over the past five years we have been occupied with major structural renovations to our beautiful but aging building. Fortunately, our building now appears to be in good structural condition. We currently have monitoring systems in place that are designed to detect any major deterioration in the future, we are conducting ongoing inspections, and we are utilizing warrantees on the work performed when needed .

During the past year, the improvements that have been made have added value for the owners. We put new roofs on the garages. We renovated the south side of the lobby and are in the process of putting together a new intercom system which will allow us to provide access to visitors at the building's front door via landline or cell phone. And of course, we resurfaced our pool, removed the mold, and replaced the cracks on the decking with beautiful new pavers.

Financially, I am proud to report that Starlight’s financial condition is the best that we have been in many years. As a result of insurance claims and cost controls, we have reduced our debt and increased the cash on hand. It is my pleasure to let you know that based on our approved budget, there will be no increases in our dues for 2013.

Finally, I would like to thank all the Starlight board members for their efforts in working together to manage our operations. There is no question that the dedication of each and every one of them who volunteers their time is a critical factor in why our building continues to run so well.

Unfortunately, due to the heavy workload requirements of my CPA wealth management practice, I will be unable to continue to serve the board at this time. I would like to personally thank all of you for the opportunity to represent you as president of the board and I look forward to continuing to working alongside you and contributing to the betterment of Starlight Tower in any way I can going forward.

Best regards,

Ron Porat



  Board Officers and Directors for 2013:

President: Edel Quinn
Vice President: Warren Weathers
Secretary: Bill Isaacs
Treasurer: Bill Wales
Directors: Marlene Reid, Mike Brennan & Noah Shatken

Meet our new Property Manager
Pictured is Leigh Tessler, Resource Property Management Manager for Starlight.
She is a real asset for Starlight.

Other news from the Board...
  • The new phone directory should be going in soon. Phone numbers are being compiled and entered into the computer. We have moved lock boxes in preparation, and made arrangements for wall repair/improvement when the system has been installed, so that an aesthetically pleasing entryway will greet Starlight visitors, as well as bringing our phone entry system into the 21st century.
  • WWe are waiting for the fence company to get back to finish the job around the pool to re-stabilize some of the posts, the rails, and to “fix” pavers that need repair. Why the delay? This is Florida, and mañana  is another day.
  • We are looking at landscaping proposals and trying to find a fit with “an awesomely beautiful result” that will not blow the budget. Patience, please! We promise “green” before long. As soon as the fence and pool project is finalized, the winning plan should be ready to roll.
  • A reminder: please use the CORBOD form for addressing problems which require attention by maintenance and/or the Board. Deposit forms in the well-marked “CORBODS” slot at the north end of the mail counter.
  • When you have guests, please make sure they are well-acquainted with the House Rules.
  • When you leave your apartment for longer than 24 hours, turn off the water. This will prevent untold problems of leaks and floods and damage to your and other apartments.
  • Next Board meeting is March 14, then the 3rd Thursday in April and May.
Sea Turtles:

Bruno Falkenstein, owner/manager of the Hurricane Restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, and resident expert on all things “sea turtle” gave an interesting talk to owners who attended the annual meeting. He urged us to be careful on the beach if we see a nest, and to call him to let him know the location. There’s lots of information available online. Google “sea turtles” or go to
Info from our St. Pete Beach District Two Commissioner: Jim Parent
    • Pinellas County Dept. of Environment & Infrastructure says “groins were inspected last month and are holding up well, with minor repairs due in the next few weeks. As long as vandals don’t cut into them, they should hold up at least a year or two if needed. The Upham groin rock structure project will be on the ranked list of statewide beach projects given to the state legislature for possible funding. It should get ranked well, but no way to tell if it will be funded in FY13/14. We should know in April.”

    •  Saltwater Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, September 1;
    • Fresh water - Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, June 8 for all Florida residents and visitors.
    • We can share our thoughts about what is fine and what needs improvement in Pinellas County. Help the Board set priorities that support the vision of the citizens they serve. Survey is available from now until 5 p.m., Friday, March 1 at  or

People News...
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ed Gibson (402) who is in Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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