Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beach Buzz: Sandcastles, New Visitors Assoc., Identity Cards...

Beach Buzz
-by La Huerita

First up for Beach Buzz today in Rocky Point, some play time: Frank Escobar, from Tucson, AZ, is exploring the idea of forming a ‘sandcastle event’ for Puerto Peñasco. Competition – exposition – fundraiser – just plain fun. Who knows? Might be a fantasy – but Sandy Beach? Right now they are in the initial stage of forming a more complete exploratory committee/team and more information will be available in a week or so.

I think that's a capital idea, because sandcastle builders are a dedicated bunch, it's a happy thing, the sand in PP ought to be very good for it-- and it would bring new people to our fair town. Most importantly, ahem, I personally LOVE to watch talented people build their creations out of sand! See some examples of the "sport" in Imperial Beach, CA (famous for its sandcastle event!), at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shotlivephoto/27233255/ And in the meantime, please share your ideas and feed back; they'd like to hear from you! You can contact Frank at ads_mil@yahoo.com or ads_base@yahoo.com. (When he gets a dedicated email address [shortly], I'll post it here.)

What a great tradition something like that could become! Whaddaya say? Let's get 'er done!

Next up: as you may know, the Rocky Point business community has decided to fight back against what they say are unfair media reports in the U.S. that have created an unreasonable fear of traveling to this tranquil beach resort only a 3 ½ hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. With the new coastal highway the drive time from Southern California is easily under 7 hours.

Earlier this month approximately 25 community leaders gathered to discuss the details of the new Rocky Point Tourism & Visitor Assistance Bureau. “The Tourism Bureau is intended to counteract negative press and increase tourism,” said Manny Sanchez Sr., owner of Manny’s Beach Club and Manny’s Tequila Factory, “but we’ll also function as an assistance office if anyone here has a problem while visiting here. We want people to know that we are good hosts. Visitors to Rocky Point will have a wonderful time and they will know they are appreciated.”

Tourism Bureau director Rosie Glover, who owns ProAlliance Insurance and the Rocky Point News Online, added that the Bureau will also function as a combination Chamber of Commerce and better business bureau.

“So many people want to know that the service providers they hire are, in fact, upstanding members of the business community. Consumers need only look for our logo to be confident that they are dealing with a member in good standing. Member businesses will be able to rely on us to be their liaison with government offices”.
With an office on the main boulevard, right above the Tequila Factory in the center of town, the Rocky Point Tourism & Visitor Assistance Bureau is scheduled to open August 3. There will be an advisory committee made up of representatives of the business community, municipal government and law enforcement. The committee will meet monthly to review tourism-related issues.

ROCKY POINT TOURISM & VISITOR ASSISTANCE BUREAU; CONTACT: ROSIE GLOVER rosie@proalliance.com.mx MX CELL: 638.112.0134 U.S. PHONE: 602.773.1031

The final big buzz for today is big brotherish: The AP is reporting that Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one. It's all in the name of combating organized crime, or so they say, because drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents to evade law enforcement.

The cards will carry the bearer's photograph and will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

It's none of my business, but I don't like it.

And that's all the Buzz on the Beach for today.

Peace out...

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