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Historical Highlights of the Caracol Peninsula

In 1963 Rafael Caballero officially filed a master plan for the town of San Carlos. He became the entrepreneur who established the town. The preliminary area was 6,853 acres located on the southern part of El Baviso Cattle Ranch, purchased from Antonio J. Bermudez.

The first homes on the Caracol were built in 1972. Model homes, roads and infrastructure were built by Hector Lopez. A prospective buyer would select a model and then would have optional upgrades. Some of the first buyers were names like Rosser, Lebo, Ruddock, Kirkwood, Butler, Brown, Eane, Obert, Martin and Tate. They watched out for one another, traveled together(24 residents on one occasion), had formal evening gown parties and notified those stateside when the 15 hour hurricane hit August 16, 1977.

In 1986 the need arose to form a voluntary organization, primarily to employ security guards. The first security guards were transients, picked up daily (by residents) at the docks in Guaymas, paid daily and a foot patrol pattern was established.

Later the organization made the decision to hire the police from Guaymas. In order for the Police Chief to keep a check on his men he devised a clever system. Many streets lights were in place but not wired together. The evening patrol went through the Caracol and linked the two bare wires. This allowed the police Chief to look up onto the hill and verify his staff was doing their job. They would reverse the wiring each morning.

November 1986 - The first recorded meeting was held. Residents formed a voluntary organization called “Los Vecinos Neighbor Homeowners Association for the Caracol”. Sixty five members were present.
December 1987 - The term “public bill” was used by Les Ruddock to identify homeowners fees that were assigned to garbage, water, sewer and police protection. The caseta (to protect security guards from the sun) was built with voluntary donations from residents.
April 1988 - The first Annual Breakfast was organized and held at Cotton Cove. The purpose was to meet new neighbors, acquaint residents with the Association and collect dues.
April 1990 - Les Ruddock ordered a water pump with Association’s moneys at a cost of 2500 US dollars to pump water to the Caracol from below the Caracol. Five years later, Les Ruddock purchased new valves and pump, installed them by the Fruteria to make water automatic 24 hours a day.
November 1990 - Newsletter was distributed that stated the “Caracol is a residential area, not commercial. This includes apartments and no permanent parking lots on the street.
November 1991 - The first by-laws were approved and the Organization changed its name to “Los Residentes de la Peninsula Caracol, AC” to conform with Mexican law.
January 1992 - The Association’s President, met with George Caballero regarding permission to buy the streets or donate them to the Association in order to close off the Caracol to make it a private community. Subsequent research indicates that the ownership of the streets on the Caracol is uncertain.
July 1993 - The Association was officially established and its By-Laws notorized and filed in the city of Guaymas by Lic. Arnulfo Salas Castro, Notary Public.
December 1994 - 142 homeowners of which 118 paid or 83%
In the late 1990’s the residents of the Caracol became concerned that much of their waste was leeching into the bay. The problem was that waste generated on the west side of the Caracol had no system to pump it to the top where it could drain by gravity into the city sewer system. In 1999, Jerry Nelson took on the monumental task of soliciting donations from Caracol residents, then designing a west side collection and pumping system, then contracting and supervising the Installation. In 2001 Michael Merrigan and Gordon Olson were instrumental in determining why the new system was not operating correctly. Although designed and ordered correctly, the Hermosillo Pump distributor had delivered the wrong pumps causing the sewer system to malfunction. Gordon Olson was able to negotiate a no charge replacement of these six pumps which had a value of more than $30,000. Once these pumps were replaced, the system worked as designed collecting all the waste generated on the west side of the Caracol and delivering it to the San Carlos sewage system. In 2002 the system was operating successfully and in2003 the maintenance of the system was turned over to Coapaes , now called CEA. At some unknown time, the San Carlos Water Department removed all six of our high lift, submersible, sewage grinding pumps and replaced them with three non-submersible, non-grinding pumps without backup. In 2010, at the insistence of the Association’s President Jim Straw, the CEA replaced them with the proper submersible /grinding pumps.
September 2004 - Caracol Architectural Rules were codified into law and were published in the “Boletin Oficial” of the State of Sonora.
December 2007 - Vice President Merrell reported on the alternative gate security arrangement with CYBERCO being discussed and to be voted on the following month at the Annual meeting. At the 2008 Annual Board Meeting the Membership voted for the installation of an electronic gate system, with cameras recording entering and exiting vehicles. It was further resolved to contract for site improvement, road alteration and to borrow an amount not to exceed 25,000 US dollars from members to be repaid over a 2 year period with interest at 7%.
March 2009 - The new gate system became operative, six months later than planned.
April 2011 - The last of the 5 gate loans was repaid with savings from the electronic system, a more effective and less expensive method than the previous guard method.