IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

and Happy Friday y'all!

It's crawfish season so where are we?

Eatin'! One of my favorite byproducts is the potato salad I make with the leftover spuds. Make you slap yo momma!

Hot off the wire. Get ready for the Regatta! Put on your rememberin' hat. That was the name of the restaurant before it was the Sundance Grill. Well that's what Seabrook Shipyard is building on the newly cleaned off spot! They are set to break ground next month and opening is slated for July next yer. How cool is that?!

Points if you know what this is.
Time to get my boat back in the water. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Right up my

Alley, It's National Goof Off Day! Before we get to the good stuff here's a recap of last night's City Council meeting.
A couple of reps from CCISD were there to give a sales pitch on the new bond election coming up. Good news, if you're over 65 no tax hike for you. Bad news, well see the previous statement. In all fairness it sounds like a good thing going the mind boggling growth of Galveston County. If you've lived here for more than 6 or 7 years you know what I'm talking about. Find out more at CCISD.EDU
A Veterans Memorial being fronted by Councilman Solmansson has the OK and is moving fwd.
Councilwoman and Mayor pro tem Fenwick Wants everyone to get ready for Lemonade Day. It's on the 26th, this Sunday.
When's the last time you drove down Grove? Time to rejoice, the Speed humps have been reduced. You no longer need oxygen to get over them.
The city is working to replace all the burnt out Street lights.
There was no one from the Civic Club to give any news.
J Scott Jr. was there to report on ongoing shenanigans at the bot ramp.
All the waterfront lease issues were resolved and the EDC/Sidewalk Brands issue has been tabled pending review. Oh and the second May meeting has been moved to Monday the 15th to accommodate the "election".

So, here I am finishing up a power washing job for a neighbor when I notice all these tiny little shadows dancing on the slab. I look up to see what the heck is going on and...Honey Bees. LOTS of Honey bees. I called the neighbor down to point out her new guests and yes, she has known about them for weeks but was uncertain how to deal with them.
We discussed the many issues that could cause problems and it was decided to call in the pros. Well after a tad over three hours approximately 40,000, read that number again, bees and 26 honey combs were removed.
That took care of most of them but some stragglers have been hanging around wondering where everyone is. They'll find a new hangout no doubt. Or mosey on to honeybee heaven. It was pointed out that when bees move in (right between the stringers) they will mess up insulation for starts then commence to build a sticky, sticky mess.
Recognize that neighbor in the first pic? He's telling the guys in the bunny suits to be careful no doubt. Here's what happens when you are he one without a bunny suit. POW! right in the kisser!! That'll learn ya.

Here's a few numbers to call if you ever have the need.


Rhonda Webb
Cell: (832) 285-2708
Dickinson TX 77539
Free swarm removal within 20 miles from Dickinson. Further out gas allowance/tip appreciated. No cut outs of structures. Will remove bees safely and relocate to a good home.

James Stone
Cell: (409) 795-8671
Santa Fe TX 77517
TX Department of Agriculture licensed Apiary. Free swarm capture, removals for fee, can do limited reconstruction. Free phone/text estimates. Service call fees applied to removal. Call and leave msg if no answer or text with particulars.

Scott Jennifer
The Bee Wrangler
Alvin TX 77511
Cell: 832-248-8313
Swarm removal – 60.00 Bee relocation-from homes you keep your honey – 120-300 depending on location. Trees with bees can be relocated by cutting limb along with tree service on “bee trees” in co-operation with Andrew at MytreesHouston.net. I keep bees with NO chemicals in hives or corn syrup/sugar fed to bees. Honey sold to Zelko Bistro in Houston only. This is my only business and I CARE. Insects are our allies, all insects. I relocate wasps as well.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

All about the Bees and the

Folks who get them out of your house!


oopsies. Here's tonites City Council agenda

Vern Johnson, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING March 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro Tem Mike McNamara Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. Clear Creek ISD Bond presentation
  4. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Hoerner Councilman McNamara Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro Tem Fenwick Mayor Johnson
  5. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Chief Cook
    Building Official Kevin Harrell

  6. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee

  7. CIVIC CLUB REPORT
  8. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  9. NEW BUSINESS:
    CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: March 2nd thru March 15, 2017
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held March 6, 2017
  10. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    a. Ordinance 2017-02: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER, AMENDING CHAPTER 82, ZONING, ARTICLE II, DISTRICT DESIGNATIONS AND BOUNDARIES,

BY ADDING A NEW DIVISION 13, RV DISTRICT, PERMITTING
CERTAIN USE OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES WITHIN THE CITY;
PROVIDING FOR MATTERS RELATING TO THE SUBJECT;
AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP TO ZONE
CERTAIN PROPERTY AS A RV DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR A
PENALTY IN AN AMOUNT OF UP TO $2,000.00 PER DAY OF
VIOLATION; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF
ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND FINDING
AND DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS
ORDINANCE WAS PASSED WAS OPEN AS REQUIRED BY LAW.
(City Administrator George Jones)
b. Action from Public Hearing on possible revocation of the following waterfront leases for non-compliance:
1. F-149A: 2. E-124B: 3. D-089: 4. C-080: 5. C-061B: 6. B-052B: 7. B-026C: 8. B-025B: 9. B-022: 10.A-012A:
Missing Lease Numbers - Michael Calpakis Street Markers - Abberdean White
Fill - Walter Caldwell, Jr.
Missing Lease Numbers

Missing Lease Numbers Missing Lease Numbers Missing Lease Numbers Missing Lease Numbers Missing Lease Numbers Fill - Charles Thompson
- Nancy Schwartz
- Dottie Cottingham - Cheryl Coward
- Randall Chronister - Randall Chronister - William Comee IV

c. Ratify an amendment to the Economic Development and Management Agreement between the City of Clear Lake Shores, Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation, Plaza Ten 06 Corporation and Sidewalk Brands, LLC wherein the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation approved additional funds for the project in the amount of $533,000.00. (City Administrator George Jones)
d. Approve changing the date of the 2nd Regular Council meeting in May to Monday the 15th. (City Administrator George Jones)
11. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Angie Galvan, Assistant City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, March 17, 2017. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy First Day of Spring

We are wrapping up our Jamaica week blog with a few odds and ends. Like I said yesterday we took a little side trip to the famous tourist destination of Negril. If you're old you remember Ricks when they didn't take money. Wink Wink. Well we didn't go to ricks and we didn't jump off the cliffs( this time) we went to a cute little beach side watering hole on the main drag. Actually it's he only drag, called . Typical tourist beach bar.


A couple of big birds in bigger cages at the entrance. Charlie and Buddy a Macaw and Cockatoo in that order. Nice beach with lots of access to water sports. Most of the boys went on a little snorkeling adventure. I wish they hadn't stored the snorkel gear with the extra gas cans though. Here's a reality check for me. I have been diving/snorkeling around the planet. I tell everyone I know the saltiest water I have ever been in is Jamaica. How about you?

John Stevens came back with us for a visit to the States.
He's the guy who keeps our touristy butts out of hot water when we go to his country. He works on the school and does other chores at the Great House too. John's oldest daughter is looking for a laptop/tablet to help get her through school as a phlebotomist. If you have one you're not using and would like to sell please drop me or Rick a line or reply here and I'll contact you. Thanks in advance.

I know I mentioned Luna Sea Inn. Did I mention the sunsets?

Here's my shameless Texas A & M plug. You paying attention A & M Admittance Galveston? We're spreading good will with your name on it! Hell, who knows it might be worth an extra point or two...

Well here's a parting shot of the school and the two lead characters that get stuff done. John and Rick. You boy's rock.

Here's two picks from our new best kept secret. Hint, It's in Belmont and we will be back! Hear me King Love? Keep Moses out of my hammock!!


And it's National Ravioli Day to boot.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

National Let's Laugh Day

Always good for a chuckle.
Callaloo:
Callaloo is a popular Caribbean dish originating in West Africa served in different variants across the Caribbean. The main ingredient is a leaf vegetable, traditionally either amaranth, taro or xanthosoma. 
Thanks Wiki!
I grew up eating spinach. My Dads favorite. His whole family grew up eating weeds. Collard, Mustard, Dandelion, and Spinach. That's what happens when you are dirt poor in the middle of Arkansas in the 20's. We had it several times a week. I could smell it blocks away and I hated that shit beyond words. You "older" folks out there can relate to "you will eat whats on your plate." So I did. Sandra cooks it up in Jamaica and while it smells different it looks oddly familiar. That said it taste nothing like the boiled green crap I had to endure in my tender years. Readers Digest version, I went back for seconds. Odds are I won't go looking for it here but I will definitely have it if offered. Whodda thunk it. 

YS Falls is a tourist attraction we had in our sights. Anyone been there? It's a working cattle ranch that has the Wyes River running through it and through it's path are about 7 different waterfalls. The Owners, Simon and Dawn, spotted a secondary revenue stream and voila! A picturesque water park is now open to the public. The zip line was the main attraction for most of us but your truly forgot to take his camera 😕


We stopped at the Whitehouse fisherman's Co-Op on the way back. Looking for some yummy, fresh fish for 

Escovitch is the Jamaican version of the Spanish Escabéche (searing of meat or fish and adding to a vinegar salad, served cold or at room temperature). The fish is cooked and then a spicy marinade is added. I've used red snapper but you could use any other firm fish such as rainbow trout. Thanks Food.com
Check out there fish traps.

Here's a quick peek at Melinda's suitor. He asked her to marry him. How ya gonna deny this hunk?

Tomorrow, the touristy side of Jamaica. None too shabby but utterly predictable. Time for mudbugs is nigh.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Paddy's Day y'all

Went to see Capt. Dennis for a boat ride while we in Jamaica. Went for a boat ride last time too.
http://www.captain-dennis.com/
The good Captain and his crew go out of their way to make this trip a ✭✭✭✭✭ adventure. We board at Treasure Beach, if you're lucky you not only get to start at Eggy's Bar but you get to meet Eggy. He makes the 90 minute trip from Cave worth it. Climb aboard one of Capt Dennis' 30 foot Panga's
and it's off to your own private beach to spend your time however you choose.
Due to weather last year we couldn't make the Pelican Bar. This trip we were good, So upon arrival at the beach Capt D offers a side trip to the Pelican Bar while his crew works on lunch.

Out in the bay, buy what you want and the beer is cold. What else could a man ask for. The only thing I see missing is a CLS sticker or two and that will be corrected on my next trip. If you beat me there let me know and I'll provide the sticker.
This is Dan Dan and Bert. A couple of local cab drivers.
After a couple of cool ones and a few pics lunch is ready so it's back to our beach.
Lunch starts with a crab meat medley served on Almond leaves. Followed up with a freshly grilled lobster, rice and peas which we call beans and rice, curry lobster, festival and some other yummy stuff that I can't recall.
More than I could eat and all off the chart yummy.

If you take the trip watch for dolphin and manatee along the way. Back to Eggy's and one for the road.
Met O'Neill this trip. Not sure of the spelling.
A Rasta friend living with Pete next to the School. He caught the crocodile that was in the creek right next to the school. Need I say the croc was freaking out the teacher. O'Neal to the rescue. I should have grabbed a pic of the croc. It was a little over 4 feet long. A little bigger than O'Neil himself. Here's a pic of Pete.
 Pete works at a bank in Savannah-La-Mar. In his off time, like us, He cooks. He made dinner for us the next day. It looked like this.

Thats just the chicken part of it. I was too busy eating to get pics of the pork, fish, and salad stuff. 
Now, wipe the drool off your chin and go do something green. 
This one's for you McNamara.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Goooooooooood Morning Clear Lake Shores!

What an awesome week it was. And the foooooooooood. Most of you know I'm talking about our trip to Cave, Westmoreland, Jamaica and the Alsie Brown Early Learning Inst. This is what we accomplished last year.
This year was a tad more involved. The bldgs were begging for a paint job. The front utility bldg is concrete which had it's own quirks but the school house was the real challenge. That wood was so dry it sucked the paint off my brush as I approached the bldg. Yet, we persisted. Wink. This is what we started with. 
This is what we left. Team CLS did an awesome job eh?
That is the concrete utility bldg and here is a shot of the school house. I mistakenly referred to the portraits as the Jamaican Presidents and was informed the are referred to as the Heroes. My Bad.
This year we took reinforcements with us to spread the work load. the boys did a great job and even kept Bryan busy with "what else can I paint?" Our Island Boys even stepped up to watch over the kids during recess so Team Adams could teach the teachers on proper recorder technique. Not sure who had more fun.
Most of us got to the Great House Chebuctoo on Wednesday just after sunset and settled in for cocktails on the porch. 
The reason we were late was the mandatory stop at Border Jerk on the Parish line at Westmoreland. This is a mandatory stop or better yet make it a destination. Just don't go out back. There is a Mastiff the size of a freakin' pony and his job is to discourage/eat trespassers. You have been so advised. 

The weather cut us some slack and we got a lot done the next morning so it was off to Luna Sea Inn in Bluefields. It is on the beaten path and damn sure worth the stop. Really good eats and a drop dead location. Dr. Linda owns the place and is there most of the time. They even have cabanas for rent and their own beach. So if you're on that end of the Island make this a stop. Note, the lobster is cheaper than the pasta. If you are in a hurry remember, you are not the only one on Island Time.

Back to bidness. This just in from Bryan Hoerner. 
"Great new for the Okies Corner project!  On Tuesday the EDC voted 3-2 in favor of full funding for both Phase 2 and Phase 3.  There was some initial talk about only approving partial funding and taking a wait and see approach for the rest, but instead the project is now fully funded and can proceed full steam ahead.

The finished project will add the following to the current bar and bathroom facility already known as Okies Yardhouse:

Outdoor Bar
Pavilion
Stage
Entry Tower with Seating
Mixed Use Kiosk
Landscaping
Lighting

Nice job, EDC.  The entertainment and revenue potential of that very important piece of city owned property will finally come to fruition."

Ever hear of Callaloo? Stand by.......

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hump Day

Daylight savings is right around the corner. I'm ready.

This goes squarely under " drain the swamp Mr. President"
I choose to believe that our last President would not wire tap the competition. Yes he was not his personal competition but he was anyhow. I like to think that we and by that I mean our elected officials are above that. We are supposed to play fair. Except in love and war. It's not that we're above cheating and God knows there's a precedent, right Chancellor Merkel ? What I do believe is that Our current President is up to his hips in liars and political ne'er do wells. I believe there are too many of these assholes that will do anything they can to mess things up. I believe it will not stop until they start going to jail. I also believe it wont' stop until Mr. Trump finds the plug. Don't just wiggle it loose Mr. President. Jerk the sonofabitch out and throw it away and drain the swamp/sewer. It's time to move on.


Monday, March 6, 2017

National Oreo Cookie Day!

In like a lion eh? Some pretty wild weather out there.

Word on the street is The Amazing Pricilla is willing to run for Civic Club President. Don't know about y'all but I can't think of a better candidate. You got my vote P Duff!

Here's tomorrows City Council agenda.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Diana Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
March 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Amanda Fenwick, Mayor Pro-Tem Jan Bailey Mike McNamara
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Hoerner Councilman McNamara Mayor Pro-Tem Fenwick Mayor Johnson
  4. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator George Jones Police Department report Building Official Kevin Harrell
  5. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  6. CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register:
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held February 21, 2017
    3. WF Transfer B-057: Glenn Glass to Scott Boyd
    4. WF Transfer C-058A: Glenn Glass to Scott Boyd
    5. Quarterly Investment Report - December 31, 2016
  7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Authorize Councilman Solmonsson to apply for a grant from Home Depot to cover the cost of the installation of a Veteran's Memorial Bench in Clear Lake Shores. (The Park and Pool Committee reviewed the various options for the Memorial and favored the bench to be installed near the circular pad adjacent to the Clear Lake Road/Birch Avenue Intersection) - Councilman Solmonsson and/or George Jones
    2. Approve the Contract for Fines and Fees Collection Services between the City of Clear Lake Shores and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP.
  8. ADJOURNMENT
Did you know that the Romeo's meet for breakfast every Tuesday morning at Skippers? Yep. About 8 AM. That's Retired Old Men Eating Out for you noobs. 

From the Amazing Fact Generator to you:
#1115. Pearls dissolve in vinegar. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy Go Texan Day!

Y’all! What the heck is Go Texan Day you ask? It’s the official kickoff for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If you’re in a car anywhere near downtown Houston you can expect travel delays to allow for one of more than a dozen trail rides to work their way to Memorial Park. The longest ride, are you ready for this? Starts in the Valley. It’s over 350 miles. The oldest Trail Rider is about 67 years old. Historically they have really crappy weather. I am tickled to say this year has been very good weather wise. The parade will most likely get rained on tomorrow but what the heck, that’s tomorrow. Welcome to Houston Y’all! YeeHaw!


It’s also National Anthem Day

Bought me a new smoker yesterday. It’s a Oklahoma Joe’s offset. I bought it un-assembled just so I could put it together. Hell, that’s half the fun. The instructions were easy enough to follow and from start to stop was a little over an hour. The instructions state on several pages to get help because the bastard has some heavy part. I did get my ass handed to me by the firebox. Twice. But I won. I am really impressed by the speed that it heats up and how easy it is to control the heat. Can’t wait to smoke something. It’ll have to wait till I get back from Jamaica though.


The Civic Club meeting was nice and short last night. No one stepped up to host anything for St. Patricks Day. Oh well. They are looking for a few new officers. Prez, VP and Sec are up and Eileen has agreed to stay on as Treasurer. Think about folks. It really is a lot of fun.


Anyone paying attention to our new Attorney General? Not sure I agree with his decision to recuse himself right now but I am glad to see that after 8 years we finally have an AG with the moral spine to do the right thing. The fact that Pelosi and Schumer are calling for him to resign tells me he’s a good guy. If we could get a belch out of Reid it would be the trifecta of leftist slime. When the CNN Oped page tells you not to hold your breath then I’m pretty sure you’re just slinging the same old shit you wallow in. POS.