The workmen are all
very pleasant and accommodating…..certainly no loud boom boxes,
which you sometimes encounter on jobs like this. The windows on
the north side have been caulked with new sealants, and the
entire north side of the building has been painted in a pleasing
off-white tone. For anyone still having questions about the need
for repair, visit the ninth floor (north end) and see the abated
beams and ceiling.
The construction crew has recommended the removal of all
screens that are not covered with hurricane shutters to avoid
their getting damaged with power washing, etc. For owners
who have already vanished “up north”, perhaps a neighbor or
friend would lend a hand in screen removal. On windows that have
hurricane shutters, with limited access to the window
perimeters, the plan is to caulk and seal across the top and
around the shutters. However, the engineer is recommending, as
an extra waterproofing step, that owners make arrangements to
have their shutters removed, and reinstalled after the
window-sealing takes place. The Board has been trying to get a
“ball park” estimate of the cost. “Shutter-Me-Up” charges
$75/hour, plus the cost of rental of the swing stage, and they
would store the shutters on the owners’ balconies. The
construction-foreman is concerned that this whole exercise might
become a logistical nightmare, since the contractor’s swing
stage is in service during the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day, and
use of that stage for removal of shutters would impede the
progress of the whole project. Here are some phone numbers for
those wishing to pursue this option:
Shutter-Me-Up: 343-3278; Roll-A-Way: 567-1143; Storm Shutter
Committee is studying lots of issues – grilles for the
air-conditioner vents; railings; floor finishes; paint accents
for the doors; and even possible light fixture upgrades (this
beautification measure would be beyond the scope of “the
project.”) The Committee was disappointed that the upgraded
hybrid flooring surface for the walkways is cost-prohibitive.
Perhaps it can go on Starlight’s wish list for future
improvements. Research has included field trips to see what has
been done in other buildings.
The Committee to update our documents is working very
hard, under guidance from attorney Ben Rabin. You have all
received a packet containing everything you need to make your
decision on voting the changes. I can’t urge you too strongly to
vote, because our documents as they read now state that not
voting is counted as a “no.” This will change (if the amendments
pass), to 75% of the owners voting in person or by proxy at a
meeting of the Association at which a quorum has been
determined. The packet contains separate “votes” for the
proposed Lease Amendment and the proposed Bylaws Amendment.
The Lease Amendment requires a written response from Owners.
Please indicate your choice on the “written consent” document
and return. For the Bylaws, you can vote in person at the May
15th meeting OR if you are not going to be here for that, be
sure to vote by limited proxy as outlined in your packet. If
you have questions, you may call Lynn Dopp, committee
chair or email her at
Other notes from the Board:
We are in the
process of filing an application for the granting of
variances from the City in order to install a fence on top
of our seawall cap. The trespassing problem has become more
and more prevalent.
Pinellas County Coastal Coordinator was present at the April
Board meeting and said that the groins in front of Starlight
and Caprice will be repaired before hurricane season and
that some sand will be replaced at that time. A complete
renourishment will take place in 2009, and it is hoped that
permanent groins (rocks) will be installed in 2012.
lock has been installed on the pool gate.
Some “People” news.......
We welcome to the Starlight community Mike and Silvana
Gutalj, new owners of Unit 602;
New owners Mike and Arlene Kuhn, Unit 603; new
residents Stephen Blair and Jenny Gist in 302; and
George Haddad in Unit 801.
Art and Barbara Walter, former Starlighters, are
both doing well after a year-long battle with health issues.
Sheila Somogyi #806 is resting at home after being in
We send our love and prayers to Joan Carlock who had to
return early to her home in Vermont because of ill health.
Sue Alley (705) and Ross Fansler will spend the
summer in Tennessee.
And our congratulations and
best wishes to:
Ed Diedo (#504)
and the former
of Treasure Island,
who were married on April 25 at
St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota.
Birthday Celebrants….. (If I don’t have yours, send me an email
with the date). Bouquets to: Maggie Dickinson- 3rd; Maryanne
Piplica – 5th; Nancy McGuigan – 8th; Sue Alley – 9th; Tammy
Layman – 14th; Steve Fansler – 17th; Kris Korotney, Evangelos
Simos, Elsie Tarrell and Allen Schaerges on the 28th; DeeDee
Wales – 24th; Sue Garland – 25th; Carol Campbell – 26th; Dan
Reid – 28th; and Ray Thompson – 29th.