I was walking down the malecon a few nights ago and I chanced to actually stop and read the Pueblo Escenico sign that is located just before Charly’s Rock. The sign was yet another reminder of what is so wrong with San Carlos. Producing some signs that unilaterally state that San Carlos is a “Pueblo Escencio” and then strategically placing these signs on the main road in San Carlos simply shows a lack of understanding of what San Carlos really needs from the municipal government and shows no leadership from the powers that be in Guaymas. The signs themselves are not what I would call terribly scenic and while I have not read them all, I can tell you that the sign I have chosen to take a picture of and put on this post is not only NOT scenic but wildly inaccurate. Just click on the picture and read it for yourself.
The sign states that San Carlos is essentially on the migration route of grey whales and infers that by standing on the malecon and looking out to sea you might actually see a migrating grey whale. That is quite a stretch and while I am not a whale expert per se, I have saved a few in my time and I do know in fact that it is highly unlikely, almost impossible realistically that you would see a grey whale migrating through the area. I would suggest that it is far more likely that you would see a bottle-nose dolphin, a California sea lion or a fin whale from the malecon in Guaymas. San Carlos in fact does have a resident population of Bottle nose dolphins that one can easily see swimming by the malecon on almost any given day. Maybe the sign could have spoken about that? Or since you can clearly see honeymoon island from the malecon perhaps there could have been a sign on how important honey moon island is as a nesting habitat for the local bird population.
It is clear who ever wrote the sign on the malecon about grey whales had no idea what they were writing about, and didn’t even consider to consult local flora and or fauna experts as to what one might see if standing on the malecon and looking out onto the Sea of Cortes. The malecon makes a stunningly ironic analogy. With its noticeable deficiencies such as the rusting railing and the decaying rebarb that holds the retaining wall in place it really is the perfect example of how San Carlos is far and removed from a being a “Pueblo Escenico”.
When you go to the San Carlos Pueblo Escenico web site you can find out that the committee and members actually live in San Carlos. I guess they couldn’t be bothered with actually proof reading the malecon sign and what especially sticks out like a sore thumb is the last name on the list of members. That name needs to be removed!
If this Pueblo Escencio organization is still valid and has regular meetings then I would like to suggest that they please please please rewrite that hideously wrong sign on the malecon?
I am all for the idea of a Pueblo Escenico, the only problem is that San Carlos will never have a chance to even come close to fulfilling that objective if it continues to be owned by the municipality of Guaymas!
Below is directly from the Pueblo Escenico web site listing committee and members.
Hugo Delgado, Entrepeneur
Walter de Cima, City of Guaymas, Secretary of Economics and Tourism
Ramiro José Páez Cruz, President of the Boulevard Committee
Janey McLean, San Carlos Pueblo Escénico Promotor
Christa Thomas, Web Design & owner What’s Up San Carlos
Dolores Monterrubio, academic director Sistemas Bilingües Especializados
Enrique Rodriguez Pompa, Hotel Owner
Javier Tapia Camou, Commissioner of Sonoran Tourism
Jesus Susarrey, Developer
Karen Stewart, Long Seaside Realty and San Carlos Realtor’s Association
Luis Caballero, Boulevard Committee Member
Mark Morelli, Oceanographer and Environmentalist
Mauricio Monreal Gonzalez, President of OCV
Octavio Llano Alverde, Developer
Rafael Caballero, San Carlos Founder
Wilfredo Aldana, Architect