Marcophiles: A sensible Forcht tongue about Marco’s sewer project

Meet Island Kidz new owner

CHRIS CURLE

Article Highlights

  • Marco City Councilman Ted Forcht asks some good questions in his recent e-mail note to his constituents about the septic tank replacement project.
  • Marco’s Island Kidz: A perfect fit for new owner
  • Marco Island’s doggie treat — Canine Cove
Lorine Horigan, new owner of Island Kidz, the everything-for-children store on North Collier Boulevard. The Horigans and their three children moved here from Hawaii.

Chris Curle / Special to the Eagle

Lorine Horigan, new owner of Island Kidz, the everything-for-children store on North Collier Boulevard. The Horigans and their three children moved here from Hawaii.

The winner of our Marcophiles Mystery Photo is Mark Brandau.  He was the first person to e-mail us with the correct answer. The photo was of the turtle sculpture at Jane Hittler Park, near the Esplanade. Brandau wins a $50 U.S. Savings Bond from Orion Bank. We’ll have another Mystery Photo next week.

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The winner of our Marcophiles Mystery Photo is Mark Brandau. He was the first person to e-mail us with the correct answer. The photo was of the turtle sculpture at Jane Hittler Park, near the Esplanade. Brandau wins a $50 U.S. Savings Bond from Orion Bank. We’ll have another Mystery Photo next week.

Marco City Councilman Ted Forcht asks some good questions in his recent e-mail note to his constituents about the septic tank replacement project.

”Have we gone to far to stop STRP or would it be fair to those of us who already paid (for our share) to have the project stop?“

He’s referring, of course, to the city’s financial problems. Forcht has a way of putting things in understandable terms, straight talk, some might say.

It’s a question city officials are struggling to answer, part of a bigger question of how to deal with the overall economic turndown. Councilman Forcht opposed the sewer expansion way back when, but he now is sounding like a man who doesn’t hold grudges and who wants to do what’s best for the taxpayers in the current crunch.

Replacing the septic tanks with an island-wide sewer system is as important as ever; the importance of that to our overall health and quality of life is as valid as ever.

A few diehard opponents of sewers are getting some temporary pleasure from the fact that financial concerns could delay the STRP. Their smirks are as understandable as a child’s occasional whine.

We wonder about their reaction to word that the smarted financial move might be not be to delay the STRP but to accelerate it.

On that idea, Forcht again shows a common sense approach.

A two-to-one majority in the last municipal elections understood that we must finish the job, even if there’s a hiccup right now for immediate financial reasons.

A lot of other city budget items have been shaved or shorn as well. It doesn’t mean they’re not important, just that belt tightening trumps everything else for a while.

Marco’s Island Kidz: A perfect fit for new owner

When Lorine Horigan says, “I just fell in love with the place,” she’s talking not only about Marco Island but also about the local business she now owns — Island Kidz, the everything-for-children store on North Collier Boulevard.

Lorine, her husband John and their three children moved here recently from Hawaii to be closer to her grandmother, who lives alone on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Marco is hardly Grenada’s neighbor, but it is a lot closer than Kauai, the Hawaiian island where the Horigans lived before moving here.

“Instead of being two days away from my grandmother, now we’re only two hours away by air,” Lorine explains. So why Marco in particular?

“We’re from an island ourselves (Kauai) and so we like being on an island.”

How did she come to buy Island Kidz?

“We were driving by the store and my husband looked it up on the Web site and then we went to meet the owners. When I walked in the door, I just fell in love with the place. It’s very cute and right and islandy.”

Lorene Horigan is new neither to retail, nor to children. She has three youngsters, 13-year-old Savannah, going into her first year at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.

“In addition to my retail experience, I also used to own a day care center, so I’m definitely child-oriented. Island Kidz is a good fit for us.”

We asked Lorine about getting into a new retail business here in these challenging economic times.

“People say it’s a bad economy in which to open a store, but when the economy was up, I couldn’t afford it.

“We have customers so I can’t complain. In business there always are ups and downs and I expect it here too.”

One of Ms. Horigan’s first decisions was to welcome the chance to help a charitable effort by islander Patty Bott to offer free recycled school uniforms to needy children and their families. She made several racks available at Island Kidz for Patty to display the uniforms so parents can go in and find what they need.

The uniforms since have been moved to the Charter school, available there starting next week.

Island Kidz is at 923 N. Collier Boulevard. Phone: 642-5439.

Marco Island’s doggie treat — Canine Cove

How could anyone resist being labeled as one of the “Friends of Canine Cove”?

That means you’re a friend of our about-to-be-if-you-can-help-out-dog- park, Canine Cove, a long-awaited new recreation feature on the island. We say about-to-be because the cause needs more money to make it happen.

Donations are needed to put up the fence, fountains and other features. The city already has authorized 1.1 acres of Mackle Park where our canines can cavort.

You can even donate funds for a picnic table or a fountain in the name of your favorite pet, past or present. To make a tax deductible donation, phone Jan Temkiewicz at 394-2243 for details.

E-mail: chris@chriscurle.com and dn@donfarmer.com.

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