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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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 March 2008 Starlight Tower Newsletter St. Pete Beach, Florida

March 1, 2008
Editor - Pat Ifft

Webmaster - Louisa Simos


Resource Property Management (727)864-0004


Valentines are put away and St. Paddy’s and Easter are fast approaching. The restoration project will soon be underway, so there is a lot to talk about. Read on.

First up… the Shuffleboard Tourney/dinner, and March 8 is the big day. The theme this year is “Starlight’s Fiftieth Anniversary.” A good crowd has already signed up to play and even more are coming for the wonderful dinner that is planned for 5 p.m. If you have been to this event in years past, you know how much fun you’ll have. So come on down and have a great day in the sun. Marlene Reid reports: “The committee is very busy, planning a delicious “to-die-for” menu for the evening banquet, gathering some ‘knock-your-socks-off-Happy-50th’ decorations, and soliciting dozens of fabulous door prizes.” When you make your payment for the tournament and/or the dinner, please put your payment in an envelope, mark clearly your name and apartment number, and deliver to Marcia Thorpe in #906. Marcia will accept checks made out to her. Do not leave envelope on the counter or in the mail cubbies. Also……If you are interested in helping decorate, arrange tables, etc., please come to the lobby at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7. All help greatly appreciated.


Since work on the building begins April 1, this is a good chance for us to enjoy our Starlight life, before the inconvenience of the restoration takes over.


March 2008 Starlight Tower Newsletter St. Pete Beach, Florida


Pictured here are Denis O’Connor, Jim Murphy, and Don Schneider, who saved the Association over $250 by refurbishing the shuffleboard courts themselves. They figure it took a total of about 45 man-hours to complete the work, and the courts have never looked (or played) as good. Estimates from a court restoration professional started at $500. Thanks a million Denis, Jim and Don.

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The Starlight Tower's website mission (which was voluntary created and is maintained by one of the owners) is to keep informed absent Starlighters of all important issues and events taking place in our property. Is nourished continuously with fresh information generously provided by resident fellow Starlighters and not only offers a private meeting place for owners but is helpful to the public regarding local events taking place in our town St. Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida as well as attractions, accommodations and places of interest to families, couples and  individuals.


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These gentlemen (and their wives) are all winter residents who are not Unit owners, but are devoted to Starlight Tower and our graceful lifestyle. Denis and Ursula are former owners, and Jim and Verna and Don and Edith are long-time winter residents.


Notes from our President, Marlene Reid...
Restoration Contract
Our attorney-drafted addendum to the Contract was accepted with a minor change in wording. So the Contract has been signed by the Contractor, Complete Property Services (CPS), and Starlight. Vance Poland from Resource Property Management has received his copy so he can get out his hard hat and his oversight “see-all-glasses” and make preparations to have this project go as smoothly as humanly possible. You will recall that last July Lynn Dopp prepared a report letting the shareholders know what to expect and when…..What is the general procedure? Will work begin on the top floors or the lower floors? Will work be starting on the west side at the same time work is being done on the east walkway side? Should I leave my shutters up or put them down? Will we be able to use our air conditioners at all? Will we have to move out for a period of time?
Now, with a different contractor all that has changed, so we have invited Complete Property Services to hold an informational session so the shareholders can get these questions answered. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Starlight Tower Lobby! Mark your calendars!

The Beach
Starlight was well represented at the Pinellas County Courthouse on Tuesday, February 19, when Coastal Coordinator, Nicole Elko, made her presentation to the County Commissioners on the history, the present condition, and the future plans for Upham Beach. Nicole’s pictorial review was interesting and informative, and her message came through loud and clear that the groins are doing their job in deterring erosion as had been intended, with no adverse down drift consequences. Monitoring of Upham Beach is being carried out by the University of South Florida. Although the surfers are complaining about the groins interfering with their sport, and some of the “powers that be” are hearing them out, the conclusion that surfaced is that sand renourishment, with dredging of Blind Pass, is on track for 2009, and a plan for making the groins permanent in 2013 is on the drawing board. Post Script on the Beach: We have asked the St. Pete Beach Police for more thorough policing of activities on the beach in front of our building. Some residents have picked up bags of litter including beer cans and bottles(the beach is supposed to be alcohol-free, and under-age drinking is also part of the scene). Hopefully, the Police Department will step up enforcement. In addition, all Starlight residents are encouraged to confront trespassers who enter Starlight premises and/or pool.


There is a camera mounted on the inside of the top of a porch window in our apartment (#408), placed with our permission by Lenny’s Surf Shop, to advise surfers and boarders of surf conditions at Upham Beach in front of Starlight. The camera takes an updated picture every 3 seconds, (with about a minute delay), and you can access the pictures by going to or Starlight’s website where our webmaster, Louisa Simos, has a link to Lenny’s site. Warning, it is kind of addictive….once you start watching, you’ll find yourself checking it out quite often.


John Somogyi tells us that Unit 106 , the guest apartment, used to be the manager’s apartment, and there was a door in the north lobby wall leading into it. The manager had a desk in the lobby and acted as a resident “concierge”. Longtime former resident, Barbara Walter, recalls there was also a fountain – decorative, not drinking – in the lobby. Lorraine Smith, who used to live in 503, compiled a scrapbook of Starlight’s history with lots of pictures, from the construction days until the mid-nineties. Bill Isaacs has it in his keeping now, and perhaps we could display it during the “50th Anniversary” shuffleboard dinner festivities.

Stuart Finder, son of Laryn and Moe (205) has been named Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.

Congratulations to grandparents Frank and Margarita Montague (404) on the birth of their granddaughter Ellie Claire, on January 30 to their son and daughter-in-law. The little girl weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and mother and baby are both fine. Grandparents are beaming, and will arrive soon.

We need a new “Sunshine” chairperson…..Nancy McGuigan has retired after many years of faithful serving. If you would be willing to spend a little time taking on this worthy task, call Gina Machado, 367-6258.

The Design Committee under the chairman Lynn Dopp, met shortly after the annual meeting, to begin discussing recommendations to the Board for building paint color and other esthetic considerations. My personal belief is that Starlight should remain white. We have historically been “the big white building on Upham Beach”, and ships in the Gulf use our building as a landmark for navigation. I also would like to see the return of the spotlight on the east side of the elevator tower. So, what do YOU think?

We extend the sympathy of the Starlight family to Don and Edith Schneider, (802) on the death of Don’s sister.

The Tuesday shuffleboard sessions are well-attended and are open to anyone who wants to come down and play, which starts at 10 a.m.


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The March Birthday folks….a chocolate four-leaf clover and many happy returns to: Shirley Lino on the 5th; James Korotney on the 12th; Dennis Dickinson and Julia Prybys on the 14th; Bill Bowers and Sheila Klitsky on the 18th; Frank Gulia on the 29th; and George Bayetakos on the 31st.

  Molon Lave                                                                                                                              Semper Fidelis

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