JULY 2008 Newsletter Starlight Express

July 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County FloridaStarlight Tower - July 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter

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

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

Thank You Pat


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


July 11, 2008

Editor - Pat Ifft (eifft@tampabay.rr.com)

Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( webmaster@starlight-tower.com )


The days are getting pretty hot…….the nights are pretty warm……..and there is quite a bit to tell you about. We don’t always publish a Starlight Express in the summer, because things are usually quiet and laid back down here during July and August. However, with the building reconstruction going on and other matters to bring to your attention, we are publishing this “extra….extra….read all about it!


July 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County FloridaLynn Dopp, our Board VP has written an excellent construction report which you can access as an attachment to the Starlight Express. You can also read it on our website. A brief summary: The work is progressing on schedule; the north side of the building is finished….and has been sealed and painted. All river rock has been removed from the walkways, asbestos abatement done on floors 10 through 3. July 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County FloridaThe repair process is nearly complete on 10 and will begin on 9 shortly. On the west side, all work on the ’08 stack is complete, with the swing stage moving to ‘07 & ‘06 accordingly. The picture on the left shows 2 swing stages, momentarily down from their “sky high” perch, and the crew working on 107. The picture on the right shows the CPS crew working on the kneewall in 107…which is being completely rebuilt. Notice the hibiscus bravely standing by.

News on the T-Groins and the Beach by Kevin Hing

In response to intensive lobbying by a local surfers group and questions raised by one of our Commissioners, Pinellas County has requested that the City of St. Pete Beach confirm that it wants the County to continue to pursue the design and installation of a permanent structure (such as a T-Groin) to protect the sand on Upham Beach. The surfers believe the presence of the yellow GeoTube T-Groins currently on our beach is disrupting their surfing waves and they are gaining a lot of coverage in regional papers calling for the removal of all of the Upham beach T-Groins.

(Ed. Note: Read more on the Starlight website private section ).

Nicole Elko, the Pinellas Coastal Coordinator, will be making a presentation during the next Commission meeting on July 22nd to update the City on the status of the T-Groin project. It is important that as many Starlighters as possible attend this July 22nd meeting and show their support of the T-Groin project. A draft letter to the City is being prepared for signature by Starlighters that will be sent out shortly. Please review it, sign it and return/fax it to the Starlight office ASAP so that they can be presented to the Mayor during the July 22nd meeting.

Surveillance Camera

Nicole Elko reports that a surveillance camera is going to be installed by the St. Pete Beach Police on the beach in front of Starlight. The police will have access to the Beach through our lobby, which will cut their response time considerably. Hopefully this will cut down on the vandalism and under-age drinking that has plagued us during the last few months.

Please “Fence Us In”!


Yes, we will have a fence installed on our seawall cap, thanks to the efforts of a number of Starlighters who presented our case to the City Commission at a meeting a couple of weeks ago. Bill Wales and Kevin Hing were masterful in stating the case for a fence…..the installation of which requires a variance because it is inside the Coastal Construction Line. Earlier the day of the meeting, Mayor Mike Finnerty visited Starlight for a first-hand look at our situation, and later was treated to some refreshments by Sophie and Stan Bryk. (Sophie’s baking could win over Attila the Hun!) Others who attended the evening meeting were George Wolfe (who also spoke eloquently), D. D.  Wals and


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

Two fence samples

Gigi Guthrie and W. A. Smith, and Sophie and Stan. The Commission voted unanimously to allow the fence installation, provided that it matches the existing fence on the north and south boundaries of our property.



Meet Leora
July 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County FloridaWe have a new property manager….her name is Leora Pidde (pronounced like pity). She has been in the business of property management for 20 years, and has been with Resource since last February. Leora is the mother of five children and has four grandchildren. She will be on our property every Monday for part of the morning. Stop and say hello when you see her. If you need to contact her, her email is lpidde@resourcepropertymgmt.com


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


The Fourth of July brought crowds to the beach, and everyone agreed it was a great day. Here’s a view from our lawn looking south……enjoying the sun and sand and waiting for the evening fireworks, which were set off from a barge out in the Gulf.

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

As you know, this is Starlight’s 50th anniversary year!

When you have time, read the bronze plaque that is mounted on the wall just opposite the north elevator. That wall is made of gneiss, a high grade metamorphic rock, composed of the same minerals as granite, and came from Maryland, the home state of our builder, John K. Ruff.



Some “People” news.......


We’d like to welcome Kelly Dotts to Starlight in Unit 401.

Please keep Joan Carlock in your thoughts and prayers as she battles her illness.

Former Starlighters Art and Barb Walter are doing well after about a year of poor health.


The St. Petersburg College Community Chorus will sing a concert of the Great American Songbook (1908 to 1948) from "Take me out to the Ballgame" to "South Pacific" - on Wednesday night July 16 at  7:30 in the Music Center, 66th Street, just north of 5th Ave. N. Concert is free, donations accepted. Pat and Ed Ifft (#408) are in the chorus.

Board Meeting Monday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby.


Happy Summer Birthday Wishes


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

July: Belated….to Bill Isaacs – 3rd; Jay Layman – 8th; Jennifer Latawiec – 11th; Nelda Smith – 28th; John Somogyi – 31st;
August: Brand – 4th; Tom Kelley – 6th; Ed Ifft – 10th; Penny Thompson – 12th; Marlene Reid – 12th; Ric Garland – 13th; Donnie Tarrell – 14th; Doug Joy – 28th.


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