Volume XXII, No. 4
Editor - Pat Ifft
Webmaster - Louisa Simos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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
21 years! All Starlighter's owe immense
gratitude to Pat in keeping them informed with all
happenings good and bad.
Thank You Pat
|| There are many
hundreds of pictures of Starlight sunsets. But...
early one morning as I looked out over the Gulf, the sky
was an amazing shade of pink.
was on the other side of the building.
So I went out
on the walkway and was mesmerized by this incredible
This picture doesn’t begin to capture the
awesome beauty of the sunrise, but it might encourage us
to take time occasionally to appreciate our home in
When I began this newsletter, I accessed the
previous copy, and was surprised to discover that the
last issue was dated
last April! There really hasn’t been much going on
down here except lovely spring weather, a somewhat hot
summer, a mild autumn, and thank goodness... not a storm
to report. Hurricane season lasts until November 30, so
we can’t be completely complacent, but forecasters are
fairly confident that we’re home free for this year.
The Pool renovation & Gulf side
Landscaping are finished
The pool renovation and landscaping are finished and
the grounds look absolutely grand. The area which fronts
Beach Plaza at our entrance & exit will be worked on as
appropriate weather and water availability occur.
Here are a
few pictures that describe our classy setting better
than I could.
The latest Board
The Board met on Thursday evening and since
there wasn’t a quorum, no business was transacted.
However, a couple of items in the budget for 2014 were
explained. The budget will be distributed to owners very
There will be an increase in maintenance fees
of about 4.3% next year, mostly attributed to
- redoing the walkways to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty on
the cathodic protection system.
- The insurance premiums on our building and garages will rise moderately.
- Exact figures will be in the proposed budget.
board meeting will be November 21 at 7 p.m. in the
- the possibility of CFL and/or LED lighting and
- adding doors to the dumpster site.
If you are in the building at that time, come on
down and get the information directly.
The guest apartment was given a facelift in the spring
(see the April issue for pictures of the hardworking
volunteers). Here are a couple “afters”. Apartment 106
can be rented through the office. Owner must be resident
in the building when having guests occupy 106.
A friendly smile
and candy provide a relaxing ambience at Starlight's
And speaking of sprucing up,
Susanna has the office
looking really nice.
No more dingy droopy.
walk into the office now, you see this...
that is a basket of candy on the counter.
Some very sad News
Farewell to these Starlighters:
- Al Stucko:
We are very sorry to learn of the death of
Al Stucko, apartment 108, on October 19. Al and
Carol have wintered at Starlight since 1983. Our
sympathy to Carol and all the Stucko family.
- Jim Brennan:
are saddened to report the death of Jim Brennan,
a fine gentleman and longtime owner of apartment 206, on
October 8. Our sincere sympathy to all the Brennan
family on their loss.
- Bill Palmer:
Our sympathy is extended to
Bill Palmer, apartment 307 on the death
of his mother in September.
And our sympathy to
the family and friends of Sheila Klitzky,
former Starlight resident at 806, who died on July 5 in
Thank you all for being good
neighbors and friends!
A very warm Starlight welcome to new tenants:
Aimee Spafford from Georgia in 801 and
Barbara Stuart from San Diego in 505.