SEPTEMBER 2008 Newsletter Starlight Express

September 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter of Starlight Tower in St Pete Beach Pinellas County FloridaStarlight Tower - September 2008 Starlight Express Newsletter

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

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


September 11, 2008

Editor - Pat Ifft (

Webmaster - Louisa Simos ( )


Down here we can tell it’s September just by watching TV…….when we turn on the set, it automatically flips to the Weather Channel! Well, it’s not really that bad, but when there is a storm lurking in the Caribbean, we all watch carefully and go over to the store and buy a few more bottles of water and make sure the car has plenty of gas. The Central Florida coast has really been lucky so far, and usually the Gulf in front of Starlight looks like a giant spa. However, Gustav and Ike did dump a lot of water over our seawall, although it didn’t progress beyond the concrete barrier on the walkway. But Christy and Tim had a lot of extra work getting rid of the sand and debris that washed over onto the lawn, plus putting up furniture in the lobby, “just in case.” Maybe we need to think about installing a few feet of sand beach on our side of the seawall……..? This picture shows how much “instant beach” we received. If you’re wondering what the two poles are…they’re the lollypop lights, their seaward faces blackened for sea turtle preservation.


The pictures below give a fair idea of the work being accomplished on the restoration project. The weather has caused some minor delays, but all in all, the work is on schedule. Asbestos abatement was completed several weeks ago. Work on the west side is taking place in the 01 and 02 stacks, with findings consistent with expected damage. On the east side, the cathodic process is currently being installed overhead on the 8th and 9th floors (9th & 10th floor walkways). A construction progress meeting is held every Monday with our engineer, the onsite foreman, our manager (Leora Pidde) and available Board members. Lynn Dopp presides.


4th floor (overhead) damage
Typical finding

8th floor beam supports

North entry damage


Attention Starlight Owners:
If you should have a problem with water intrusion into your apartment from a neighbor’s apartment, you must notify your own insurance company for the claim. This is the way HO6, the standard Condominium/Coop Policy reads, verified by a Nationwide Agent. And a reminder, when you leave your apartment, even just overnight, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve.

To owners who have jalousie windows:  

Starlight maintenance has a collection of about 40 windows stored in the north stairwell storage area. (No cranks). If you would like to have spare windows, or the clips to hold them, please see Christy or Tim ASAP. They are clearing out the storage closet and will dispose of the windows no one asks for.

Kevin Hing,  the moving force behind “Save Our Sand” has attended and addressed the St .Pete Beach City Commission meetings and has reported that Dr. Nicole Elko will be addressing the Beach Stewardship Committee on Tuesday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers in City Hall. She will talk about our suggestion/proposal to alter the original County timeline of 2009 (renourishment), 2010 (hire engineer to draw up a permanent solution to beach erosion), 2012 (installation of the permanent solution.) It seems the time to hire the engineer is now……before the renourishment takes place, and that the process of a permanent solution be speeded up. Our Board President, Marlene Reid emailed County Commissioner John Morroni asking about the present status and future plans for the Upham Beach T-groins. In his reply, he agrees that it “may be prudent to hire an engineer prior to the 2009 renourishment, to propose an alternative structural design that may be tested with additional geotubes in conjunction with the 2009 project. Dr. Elko is looking into this possibility.” Commissioner Morroni further writes: “Finally, installation of permanent structures prior to 2012 would be possible if an acceptable design is agreed upon at the local level and then permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Recall that it took ten years to obtain the permit to install the present T-groin project. Permitting the permanent structures should not be as difficult because the proof-of-concept experiment has been largely successful; however, FDEP permitting is certainly the greatest ‘obstacle’ in this case.”
Bottom line: Repair to the T-groin in front of Starlight cannot take place at this time, because there is no way for the necessary equipment to access it. (The water is up to our seawall.) Therefore, it would make sense to have an engineer come up with a plan for a permanent structure and implement that plan ASAP.

At the picture… Stan Bryk is ready for his daily dip in the salt.


Starlight People News

Our sincere sympathy:

  • to Sally Borland (101) on the death of her mother, who died on July 10at the age of 103.

  • And to Stan and Sophie Bryk (608) on the death of Stan’s sister in Poland.

Three Starlight guys who have had a rough summer:

  • Jim Brennan, (206) who underwent open heart surgery on June 5, was hospitalized for 5 weeks, and is just now beginning to feel better. Jim hopes to return to Starlight sometime in October. Jim says he’s lost 50 pounds! That’s doing it the hard way.

  • Dan Reid (201) had open heart surgery several weeks ago, and is doing very well. Marlene says she thinks he’ll be back to running the vacuum sweeper before long. They thank Starlighters for the good wishes, prayers and Mass card. Marlene writes: “If anyone would like to join us for the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. John’s on January 17, offered for Dan’s return to good health, we will “pop” for pizza/hamburgers/grouper sandwiches (to be determined) afterwards. It will be fun to join the Starlight family again.”

  • Ed Gibson, (402) was hospitalized in Akron City Hospital for the past two weeks, and is now home and finally showing improvement after some serious spinal problems.

  • Marlene and Dan Reid are the proud great-grandparents of twin (fraternal) baby boys, born to their grandson Patrick and his wife Natalie. Jude Timothy and Liam Daniel were born August 31.

When you go down for your mail, you might run into our new mail person, Felicia. She is very accommodating and let’s hope we have her for a long time.


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