Island News, Pearson turns in his hat
Marco councilman turns
in his hat after DUI arrest
Marco Island City
Councilman Walter Pearson has resigned.
In a one sentence,
hand-written note to Council Chairman Harry Cowin, Pearson
wrote, "I hereby submit my resignation as a member of the
Pearson was released from
jail this morning "Thursday" after his driving under
the influence arrest early last night.
On Wednesday evening,
Pearson's car was pulled over in the vicinity off
Collier Boulevard and Saturn Court after apparently not
being able to keep his vehicle between the lines according to
the Marco Island police.
sheriff's deputy's were summoned, they administered sobriety
tests, and Pearson failed. Since Pearson serves as a
City Official, the Sheriff's office handled the arrest.
Pearson also failed two
breathalyzer tests with a reading well above the legal limits
violations, are a part of former Councilman Pearson's history,
as brought out into the light after being elected to the Marco
Island City Counsel.. Pearson has even served jail time
for his last conviction as witnessed by Collier County court
Pearson in the past,
was a very strongly against having a Marco Island Police
department and at times, called the Sheriffs Department in lieu
of the "City Police" to handle various items
including: Nails in his driveway, a smashed garage door at his
house (hmmmm), harassing telephone calls and so on.
Back in the 2000
election, Pearson replied to the following questions....
A resident of Marco Island for 35 years.
Knights of Columbus.
Building Managers International.
Collier County Advisory Board on Homeless.
you running for city council?
To bring dignity
to city council, keep taxes to a minimum, respect all voters
and invite their input.
you think is the most important issue city government faces in
the next four years?
To revise the PSO, resolve the bridge expansion issue,
resolve the water issue.
you think the city should handle the issues with Florida Water
Continue to negotiate, present all facts to residents.
would you proceed with the Judge S.S. Jolley bridge expansion?
All out lobbying of State Department of Transportation,
Collier County Commissioners, the county Metropolitan Planning
Operation and our state representatives.
your opinion on the future of septic vs. sewer systems?
We have to protect our waterways.
you view the city's drainage issues? What if anything needs to
your position on creating bike paths on the island? How would
Bridges widened to accommodate bike paths and sidewalks.
future structures do you see the city supporting (i.e. a civic
center, a performing arts center, a city hall, etc.) How
involved should the city be?
A city hall/civic center is needed.
your position on preserving land for green space? How would
Initiate and fund a Land Bank program to acquire property
for city needs, provide green space, contain growth, improve
property values and enhance the lifestyle of the residents.
parking issues do you believe need to be addressed?
Case by case issue.
would you proceed to address specific traffic problems on the
Adopt an infrastructure to prevent bottlenecks.
your position on granting variances to zoning laws?
To take a common sense approach to government.
are the greatest needs you see addressed in the comprehensive
Prepare and implement a comprehensive plan to protect and
enhance beaches and waterways.
you see the city funding major projects?
Utilize the advantages of being a city. Use low-cost tax-free
bonds to finance city infrastructure needs.
you think should be changed in the city charter?
Amendment to reduce 25 percent electorate to petition and