May 2011 Newsletter Starlight Express

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May 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 

The Board has announced that the walkway project, originally set to begin June 1, has been postponed indefinitely. Difficulties obtaining guarantees/warrantees from the vendors are the stated reason. We will be advised as more information is forthcoming. Until further notice is given, Starlight is open and operating as usual.

Pat Ifft
For the Board of Directors


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

Volume XX, No. 4

May 1, 2011
Editor - Pat Ifft (
Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )

Summer days are coming...  
with little teases of higher humidity and warm nights. But April was such a delight, and if the crowds on the beach are an indication of our popularity as a vacation destination, all will be well at the St. Pete Beach Chamber of Commerce. Gulf temp is 82 degrees. Hopefully the kids climbing Mt. Sandypants and its foothills won’t break their necks before Gator Dredging completes the groin repair project. There is no late-breaking news on that job, and although this is the last Express until fall, we’ll try to give you an occasional up-date and pictures during the summer.
May 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter

The most important message in this edition is info on the walkway recoating project. As you know, the walkways on floors 2-10 need to be recoated, and the first-floor requires cleaning and re-sealing. Here is the schedule:
  • May 31 cleaning and preparation for the job
  • June 1, 2, 3 recoating. Therefore ....................
  • The building must be vacated by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1
  • Re-entry to building permitted AFTER 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3
  • Guest apartment 106 will not be available during recoating.

So now we can make our plans for those three days. Of course, the work timeframe will depend on the weather. If it rains, there will be delays. The Board asks our cooperation to abide by the directive and put up with the inconvenience. The result will be beautiful, functional walkways, and a building to be proud of.

The Board wishes to advise everyone that recently there was a serious breach of security in the building. There will be zero tolerance for doors propped open and left unattended. If you have workmen, delivery persons, etc. entering the building, you are responsible for the door to be closed after them. If you see an entry or pump room door open with no one there, close the door.

Meet our new Administrative Assistant:
May 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter

Martha Rylander, who will be in our office on a flexible schedule. Right now you can probably find her at work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Stop in and introduce yourself. One of her tasks is to take over the booking of guest apartment 106. The office phone is 360-8820, and if Martha is not in the office, leave a message. She will answer you as soon as possible.

Info you can use
  • Our updated By-Laws and Lease Provision are posted on our website, in the “For Your Eyes Only” section.
  • Monthly balance sheet of our finances is also posted on the website “For Your Eyes Only” section.
  • If you have large items to be picked up by Waste Management, there is a charge which must be paid individually. Make arrangements by calling them head.
  • Beautiful note cards with a sketch of the building (done some years ago, before Caprice was built) are available in the office, $5.00 for a pack of ten.
Goodbye to good friends and neighbors

May 2011 Starlight Tower Express Newsletter
Marcia and Don Thorpe (906), (pictured above) who are leaving Starlight after 32 years of spending winters here. On Friday evening, April 29, we gathered in the lobby for a fabulous potluck dinner to wish them well and Godspeed. “We’d like to thank everyone for the wonderful party. We are going to miss you all and look forward to returning sometime.”

Also goodbye to Lorne and Anne Hiller (606), who have sold their unit and returned to their NY state environment. We wish them happy times and hope to see them here again.

Sharon and Bill Isaacs (902) are very proud of her daughter, Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Emily Dodwell, who has just received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard.

Our sympathy is extended to:

Denis and Ursula O’Connor (503) on the death of Denis’s sister Moira Camilla Ste. Marie on April 8, in Oshawa, Ontario. She was the youngest of Denis’s family of ten brothers & sisters.

Jan Fahrnow (704) on the death of her mother on April 10 at age 96.

George Wolff (208) on the death of his mother in Toronto.

even if you’re not here, we’ll be wishing you many happy returns: :
W.A. Smith – 6th;
Rosela Simpson – 11th;
Don Thorpe – 19th;
Margarita Montague – 16th;
Mary hooten – 24th;
Pat Ifft – 27th
Bill Isaacs – 3rd;
Jenifer Latawiec – 11th;
Nelda Smith - 28
Lee Brand – 4th;
Tom Kelley – 6th;
Ed Ifft – 10th;
Marlene Reid – 12th;
Ric Garland – 13th;
Donnie Tarrell – 14th;
Gigi Guthrie – 20th;
Doug Joy – 28th.

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