March 2011 Newsletter Starlight Express

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March 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter 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 

March 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter in St Pete Beach Pinellas County Florida

Volume XX, No. 3

March 31, 2011
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )

Spring is well underway, and if the crowds on Upham beach are any indication, this is going to be a banner year for tourism on our little island. Of first importance to all of us is probably the work being done on our beachfront. 

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A complete update from Andy Squires, Pinellas County Coastal Manager, is posted on the bulletin board in the mail area. The ugly but utilitarian fence in the water in front of Starlight is called a sheet pile cofferdam, and should be completed by the time you read this. Work will continue on groins 2 & 3 and a completion date of June 27 is the goal. The long-term plan is to install permanent rock structures to replace the temporary geotube structures. This work is scheduled for 2013, assuming the funding and permits are acquired. On March 8, 2011, the County approved a contract with Coastal Planning & Engineering to design and prepare permits to install permanent rock structures. Lets hope and pray that all the necessary funds will be found. Meantime it will be interesting to find out if the cofferdam works.

The Shuffleboard Tournament & Dinner

The annual Shuffleboard Tournament and dinner were graced with the most beautiful day we’ve had in several years. Bright sun and mild breezes greeted the players as they gathered for the first rounds in the morning of March 19. Marlene and Dan Reid chaired the whole affair ... with help from the world’s most dedicated, efficient Committee: Sophie Bryk, Carl and Sharon Diehm; Gail Dolphin; Beth & John DuBeau; Anne & Lorne Hiller; Verna & Jim Murphy; Ursula & Denis O’Connor; Anne & Chuck Prokop; Edith & Don Schneider and Marcia Thorpe.
Congratulations to our Champions – winners of the Gold Coins:
Marcia Thorpe & Don Schneider

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Runners-Up - winners of the Silver: Anne Hiller & Jack Christman; and the
Consolation - winners of the Bronze: Janet Phelan & Doug Joy.

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Most of
the players.
March 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter
Kevin Hing, Tom Hooten,
Lorne Hiller & Denis O’Connor
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made breakfast

More than 50 people enjoyed the lasagna dinner at the end of the day, and after we were full of pasta and pie, door prizes were handed out to almost that many lucky people.

We’re asked to please patronize these merchants who generously donated gift certificates & items to make this event a huge success:
  • Sweetbay;
  • Paradise Gifts Home Décor;
  • Twisted Tarpon;
  • Sea Horse Restaurant;
  • Fit For Life;
  • Fantastic Sam’s;
  • Bat’s Taxi;
  • Rally Car Wash;
  • Merry Pier – Shell Key Shuttle;
  • Woody’s;
  • Lou’s Florist;
  • Village Inn;
  • Publix;
  • Emmy’s Nail & Hair Salon;
  • Shaner’s Market;
  • Amazing Lock & Video Security;
  • Luxus Discount Liquors;
  • The Frog Pond;
  • Verducci’s;
  • Skidder’s;
  • Chick-Fil-A;
  • Bevely’s La Croisette;
  • Tedd’s Barber Shop;
  • Norm’s Liquors;
  • Beach Produce;
  • Curves;
  • Oyster Shucker;
  • Dunkin’ Donuts;
  • Su Ottavo;
  • The Hurricane;
  • French Nails;
  • Steam;
  • Beach Hair Exchange;
  • McDonald’s
Special Thanks to:
Maggie Ifft Varnadoe, who donated two park-hopper passes to Disney World.

News, info and reminders from the Board:

First of all, the Board wants to thank all residents for the impressive cooperation of all residents and shareholders during the garage re-roofing project. It went off without a glitch. Even the rain held off! And a special thank you to Bill Palmer, #307, for arrangements with the City to give us some slack on parking restrictions.
  • Tom Hooten (#703) was re-elected Board Vice President.
  • Laundry room hours will remain as they are for the present, with possible amendments to the rules to come after further investigation into other options.
  • A number of pool lounges have been re-strapped ... so be sure to cover the chair with a towel to prevent staining. Also the pool lights have been repaired.
  • If you are doing alterations in your unit, DO NOT cut the wires to the TV roof antenna. Even though you might not need it, other units are connected to it.
  • If a resident wants to make a complaint, the procedure is to fill out a CORBOD (forms available on the credenza in the mail area), sign your name and place in the Board mail slot. The Board cannot deal with anonymous notes.
  • The elevators were inspected by Gulf Coast Inspection and passed with just 2 minor follow-ups.
  • The next Board meeting will be Thursday, April 14 – a week earlier than usual.

Some People News:

Many people have remarked on the beautiful new picture hanging in the lobby next to the south elevator. It was donated by Guy LaPine (#901). Thanks, Guy!

Welcome home after a hospital stay ... Jim Brennan (#206). Get back to golf soon!

Herb Bailey (#204) is in ill health. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

And our deepest sympathy to Art Walter and family on the death of dear wife Barbara, former owner of Unit 506.

You "MAY" want to wish a happy birthday to these people:
Maggie Dickinson – 3rd;
Nancy McGuigan – 8th;
Sue Alley – 9th;
Steve Fansler – 17th;
Evangelos Simos – 18th;
Al Schaerges – 18th;
March 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter Elsie Tarrell – 18th;
DeeDee Wales – 24th;
Sue Garland – 25th;
Carol Campbell – 26th;
Dan Reid – 28th

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