Letter: Once upon a time in Carmel



As an official non-mayor of Carmel, I uncovered a bedtime story with a moral for all us Carmelectricians. And it goes something like this:

One upon a time, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., had a mayor named Clint Eastwood. And he had a nickname: Dirty Harry. Later, Carmel-by-the-Roundabouts, Indiana, had a mayor. And he had a nickname: Mayor 007. Bonds. James Bonds.

Carmel-by-the-Sea has a city hall website that includes 10 beach rules to help improve the experience of all the beach users and protect the environment.  One states, “Temporary structures such as tents, canopies or similar enclosures are not allowed.”

Carmel-by-the-Roundabouts has a tradition each July that states temporary structures such as tents, canopies, lawn chairs, blankets and plastic tarps of all sizes may be used to line the 4th of July parade route.

Carmel-by-the-Sea was selected as a priority location for a charging station in the north lot of the Sunset Center (SW Corner of Mission & 8th). It’s called the Charging Station.

Carmel-by-the-Roundabouts has a different station in the City Center where Carmelinians can be charged $50 each for ukulele lessons. It’s called the Palladium.

Carmel-by-the-Sea has sunshine and beaches and surfing and songs by the Beach Boys.

Carmel-by-the-Roundabouts has roundabouts and roundabouts and roundabouts and a growing throng of ukulele players.

One often hears of the terrible conditions in California.

One needs to look around.

And, if one has facts that would help your humble correspondent, send them to bill@gatea.com.

Bill Shaffer, Carmel


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