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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 

March 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Volume XIX, No. 2


March 6, 2010
Editor - Pat Ifft (
eifft@tampabay.rr.com)
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( webmaster@starlight-tower.com )
 

Spring hasn’t sprung yet,
but the sun is shining brightly, and pretty soon we’ll be decrying the humidity and the heat. And we are much better off than the northeast. Louisa writes from New Hampshire that they have had storms, trees down, electricity out, and flooding. So we count our Florida blessings. I just did some counting and couldn’t believe that this is the 19th year of the Starlight Express, give or take a year or so. There’s quite a lot to write about, so read on.

The annual meeting
was held on February 11, and the large turnout and number of proxies of those who couldn’t be here, indicated interest in the affairs of Starlight. The new Board was elected as follows:

For Two-Year Terms: For one year terms:
Mark Bottey (pronounced Boe-tay’) Apt. 406;
Arlene Kuhn
; 603; and
Ron Porat
, 302.
Lee Brand, 305;
Tom Hooten
, 703;
Marlene Reid
, 201;
Bill Wales
, 308.

After the general meeting of owners, the Board convened to elect officers:

Marlene Reid - President;
Tom Hooten - Vice President;
Arlene Kuhn - Secretary; and
Bill Wales - Treasurer.
 

The afternoon after the annual meeting
when the Board had just given a collective sigh of relief, all hell broke loose. Eight apartments in the 07-08 stack were besieged with a sudden surge of hundreds of gallons of water from the balcony floor drains. The drains backed up after being clogged with material from the roof replacement. After the problem was reported, the Board acted as quickly as possible to call in professional water mitigators. Neighbors pitched in to help neighbors and Board members Arlene Kuhn and Marlene Reid were on the job late into the night coordinating clean-up efforts. Subsequently, all our storm drains have been cleaned, and we should be ready for….what next?

March 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida Our building is looking very classy these days...
with many thanks to our Board who worked long hours to bring the renovation to fruition. Pictured are Board President Marlene Reid, with (left) Vance Poland, our liaison from Resource Property Management handing over the final check to Rick Krueger, CEO of CPS.

The final touch was the installation of the new lighting fixtures,
with thanks to Dan Reid, Ric Garland and Johnny Machado, who saved $450 by putting in the new low-energy light bulbs. Have you seen the building at night? Now all we need is a spotlight on the elevator tower……..which we had for many years. What do you think?

March 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida


The second volume of “The History of Starlight”
is being compiled at this writing, a project begun by Lorraine Fricek Smith back in the 80’s. The first volume is available, and you are welcome to borrow it….just phone me to pick it up. One of the most interesting pieces is a letter from Mrs. John Ruff, wife of the builder of Starlight, written in 1969. (Starlight was built in 1958). If you have any doubts about the viability of this marvelous structure, this letter will bury them….as deep as our piles.

"People frequently asked us if we were building a fort here as it looked so solid, shall we say. Company was Raymond Concrete Pile Company. No. of piles needed to carry the load of this building was 233. Load was estimated to be 5,900 tons, or 11,800,000 lbs., so each pile would need to carry approximately 25 tons. Required one pile to be tested loaded with 100 tons – 4 times the amount needed. If it had settled ½ inch, it would have been within the tolerance or range allowed for good engineering and safety. Instead of the ½ inch allowed, it settled only 3/64 inch! As John said, this was considered just about a rock foundation.”

We now have a new cleaning service,
and if the past couple of days are an indication, it is working very well. Bobbi’s Cleaning Service is taking over our housekeeping and maintenance. Shirts will identify Bobbi’s personnel. If you wish to schedule rental of the Guest Apartment, #106, call Bobbi at (727) 687-6519.

And have you seen Elmo at work?
He’s the new automatic pool vacuum cleaner.

Many thanks
to outgoing Board members
Lynn Dopp, Bill Isaacs and Gina Machado. Your work on behalf of Starlight is most appreciated. Gina remains as the “Sunshine Chairman”.

Three serious reminders from the Board:
  • Starlight Tower does not permit animals – ever – under any circumstances - unless documented as a medical necessity. And even service animals must be kept quiet and must not interfere in the peaceful enjoyment of our homes. At this writing, there are three medically documented, well behaved service dogs registered with the Board. Any other animal in this building is in violation of our house rules.
  • Be sure there is a set of all your apartment keys on file with the Board. There were two emergencies recently in which the apartments involved could not be accessed because keys were not available.
  • Please turn off your water when you leave, even if only for 24-48 hours, and replace your elderly hot water heaters. We would like to keep water confined to the Gulf of Mexico, the swimming pool, our sprinklers, laundry, kitchen and bathroom spigots. In the past six months, the Board has had to deal with two huge water damage problems and the extenuating consequences – mitigation, liability, insurance, repair/replacement, reimbursement, one million (well almost) phone calls, some testy temperaments, and an enormous amount of volunteer/Board time (including issues not yet resolved.)
  • The Board would also like you to know that they appreciate your patience in waiting for answers to your CORBODS. They have had a lot on their plates during the past couple of years. Hopefully they will be looking forward (The Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise) to a stretch of routine maintenance requests which can be answered promptly. As one new owner recently expressed it: “This (caring attitude) is what makes Starlight special.”

Our Social Life...

  • The BIG EVENT of the spring – the annual Shuffleboard Tourney Spring Fling – will happen on Saturday, March 13. Play will begin at 10 a.m., championship rounds after lunch. Anyone 14 and older is eligible to play. A wonderful catered lasagna dinner will follow – about 5 or 5:30 p.m. There will be exciting door prizes, and a sing-along led by Ricki and Ed Diedo (formerly of 504). Sign up in the mail room…..pay your money to Marcia Thorpe, Apt. 906. Dinner is $12 adults; children 6 to 13 pay $6.00. Little kids under 6 eat free.
  • You can sharpen your shuffleboard skills, or just come down for a good time on Tuesday mornings at 10, weather permitting. All are welcome.
  • Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., a happy group meets in the lobby for game night….are you game? Come on down and bring along your favorite game, or join in at another table. Everyone welcome. Sign up in the mail area.

Some people news:
  • Our sympathy to Lynn Dopp (507) on the death of her father in early February.
  • Our sympathy to Jim Feeman, former longtime resident of Starlight and Board member and Board President on the death of his wife, Wilma. A memorial service will be held on March 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Town Shores Clubhouse, in Gulfport.
  • Sheila Klitsky (formerly of 806) is recovering from a long battle with leukemia. Please keep Sheila in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Hugh McGuigan says “Thank you” to everyone for their good wishes.
  • Congratulations to Dick and Gail Dolphin on the arrival of their 12th grandchild, Abigail Parker.
A Very Lucky 4-leaf clover to these March Birthday folks...
March 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida Shirley Lino on the 5th;
Dennis Dickinson on the 14th;
Bill Bowers on the 18th;
Sheila Klitsky on the 18th; and
Frank Gulia on the 29th.

And Showers of good wishes on these April folks:
March 2010 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida Jim Brennan on the 3rd;
Sandy Bogden on the 11th;
Mary Quinn on the 15th; and
Alice Hartmann on the 27th.

   If you are new to Starlight in the last year or two, please email me your birthday. Thanks.

The site's mission: 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. Please e-mail your textual and multimedia materials for inclusion in our website to Louisa Simos: webmaster@starlight-tower.com

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