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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. 

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


May 1, 2008
Editor - Pat Ifft


Webmaster - Louisa Simos


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(Carol Shier, Starlight Manager)


The first thing you’ll notice about this issue of the Express is the classy new logo created by our webmaster, Louisa Simos. I really appreciate her artistic talents, and we all are grateful for the wonderful website she maintains. If you have questions about Starlight Tower, go to the website and hopefully you will find your answer. Since the Express only comes out once a month, the website is an immediate source for information.



(Ed. Note) Board President Marlene Reid has contributed much of the following info on the “project”……
The work on the building is progressing. Asbestos abatement is being done now on the 9th floor, and plywood partitions have been installed since the work has to be done in an enclosed area.


We have been asked to not use the laundry room during the work day on the floor where abatement is taking place. Advance notice of limitation of entrance and egress from those apartments affected is displayed on a whiteboard in the mail area. So it is a good idea to check the board every day so that you aren’t surprised by being forced to stay in when you need to be out. (That last sentence sounds as tho’ Yogi Berra wrote it!) Here is the experience of two intrepid owners and their advice:


“Well, we did it!!! That is we survived the 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. lock in! Our door was taped shut from the outside. We got a lot done, cleaned tile, cleaned house, sorted papers, e-mailed friends, put food in plastic containers (to prevent hatching of those little critters), packed for our May 5th departure, and played a game of cribbage. We were going to give each other a manicure and pedicure, but we passed on that one! Only suggestion is to wear ear plugs or turn the stereo up high. If we did it, you too, can do it !!

Don and Marcia Thorpe # 906.
P.S. We had plenty of food, so we did not starve.”


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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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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 Specialists: 360-2582.


The Design 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.

  • Nicole Elko, 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.

  • The Miwa 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 Northside Hospital.
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:

AND Congratulations and best wishes to Ed Diedo of Starlight Tower and Rickey Pearson of Treasure Island on their marriage April 25 at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Sarasota


Ed Diedo (#504)

and the former

Rickey Pearson

of Treasure Island,


who were married on April 25 at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota.




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

May 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.


  Molon Lave                                                                                                                              Semper Fidelis

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