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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's National Talk like

Shakespeare Day? Seems like England would have this one covered.
More sad news from the music industry. Kanye West was found alive in his home in LA.
That is all.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

National Lima Bean Respect Day

Seriously? Someone needs to get out more often. 
Sorry I’m late but that’s on Comcast. They were down for two days here on our little Slice of Paradise. Good to now some things just never change huh? Your cable will go out when it rains. It's 1978 all over again. Kinda like Ctrl + Alt + Del for my PC using friends. Well, It’s raining. Again. For those who aren’t aware, we in the greater Houston area have been getting a lot of rain. I say greater Houston area since we are about half way between Galveston and the City. As much rain as we got Monday it’s a fraction of what some folks got and are getting again today. It started about noon on Monday here and looked like this in about 20 minutes.
It came down on a mission. After about 4 hours I checked my rain gauge and this is what it looked like.
Yep, That almost 5 inches in 4 hours. Tis is what CLear Lake Shores looked like.
Here's the park at the Club House. Have a seat.

I guess it's a good thing The Shore's are used to it after this long.

Forster's front yard from West Shore. Good thing is it's going down at this point. You can see the high water marks at the street.

Believe it or not there's a boat ramp out there somewhere.

The waterfront and the front of Theda's old place.

Chicken Licken' and Clear Creek Channel.

 As a point of reference, Sunday we were about 6" behind on yearly rainfall totals. As of today and that does not count what is falling now, we are 7" over. Do the math. That's a lot of water. Good thing we live on an Island!

The in-Laws will be here in a few weeks. Can't wait to see them!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Happy Birthday to

Thomas Jefferson. Lucky number three once said "The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance" Can I get a hallelujahs! Here's a few more worth keeping in mind as the elections grow closer.

I went to the EDC meeting last night. It was interesting to say the least. It seems there a several interested parties wanting to open new restaurants in our fair city but WCID won't provide them with water. Imagine that. The way I understand it  is they don't have any water. At least not for a new business. I have to ask myself though, Why don't they just go get some? That is their line of work isn't it? To provide water to folks in WCID12? Yeah, yeah, yeah I'm being simplistic. I know. But to deny a building permit for lack of water? There has to be a better way folks.

Tomorrow at Jarboe at 6. THat's when the crawfish committee is meeting. Spread the word.

Oh and It's National Peach Cobbler Day too! Score.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Grilled Cheese Sandwich day

again. I went back to last year's post to see what was going on and apparently it was nothing. It was one year ago in March that I took some time off. How time flies. 

For any of you locals who fancies themselves a coon-ass cooker there are only two weeks left to sign up for the crawfish cook-off. The powers that be are meeting this Thursday at Paul Shelley pavilion around 6 and at last count there is only room for three more teams. There ya have it.

An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The answer is today.

If the question is "when is National Farm Animal Day? Moving along.
Got back from Mesquite Texas last night. We went to a Taekwondo tournament. We, and when I say we I mean Wyatt, left Mesquite with 6 First Place medals and 1 Third Place. Talk about one proud Dad. He makes it look easy and I know it's not. He put's a lot of effort and practice in to his craft and it shows. Most important though is he has fun. The best part for me is when other parent's come up and tell us how much fun it is to watch him do hid thing. I'll stop gushing (publicly) in a minute. But first here's this..

Hope you had as great a weekend as I did.

Friday, April 8, 2016

It's National Zoo Lovers Day

That said, I hope you didn't miss yesterday's Nation Beer Day. With a twist. It was also National Alcohol Screening day. What the hell? Moving on,
"April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years."
Great Civic Club meeting last night. I mean whats not great about free pizza from Marco's  right? We have 3 new officers. Shawn Dunnegan is our new Pres, Kat Tierney has agreed to stay on as Veep, Ros Smith is your new Treasurer and Sarah Kempisty has stepped up to be our new Secretary. Thaks y'all for stepping up. I hope you have as much fun as I did. And to our outgoing Pres, Kelly, You did one hell of  job. We are a better club for having you in it.
 The Crawfish boil is on for April 30th. If you want in , at any level, get hold of Tim.
The 10th annual Island Wide Garage Sale is set for May 14th. Sign up sheet is in the Islander. And to wrap it all up May14th is also the first Jammin' on Jarbo of 2016. What a day.
They're baaaaAAaaack! If they nest you're stuck with them till July/August. I hope you like the smell of ammonia.
Have a great weekend Clear Lake Shores.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

National Tartan Day

April 6 is National Tartan Day. This is an official national holiday.
National Tartan Day honors all the Scottish heritage that flows through this nation. From its earliest beginnings, Americans with Scottish ancestry endeavored for that freedom as much as any American.  It was in their blood.
It might be surprising to know that of the 13 governors in the newly established United States, 9 where Scots. There are 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence. Some scholars suggest nearly a third of those signers were of Scottish descent.
Not only can we point to the country’s founding fathers, but of the 43 Presidents who have taken office, 33 have been of Scottish descent.
Those with Tartan blood were and are independent and resourceful. They are prolific inventors and writers. They are talented musicians and artist, skilled leaders and scholars. In the United States today, over 11 million Americans claim Scottish or Scotch-Irish roots. That makes them the 8th largest ethnic group in the United States.
Went to the Council meeting last night. It was the first in a long time for me. I promise to myself to go every chance I get. IOt was mostly informative and slightly entertaining. New Councilman Solmonsson was there too. Listened to the "new" City atty blather on about why the lease with the Oakies Courtyard wasn't in place. Did not nod off. The City is looking good financially. Always good news. Maybe we could talk them into picking up the trash service bill again? Just a thought. They are moving forward with long term plans to prepare to annex properties in our ETJ and the Kemah/CLE ETJ hooha appears to finally be dead. Like I said years ago, the only good to come out of this will go straight in to the atty's pockets. And so it has come to pass. Road bids are in and done so it looks like that miserable piece of Birch will finally get taken care of. Can I get an AMEN! Oh and we're hiring a full time building inspector/Code enforcement officer. Lots of conversation around this one. Should have been there. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

National Deep Dish Pizza Day!

I went to the Okie's Courtyard Design Review Committee meeting last night. OCD & RC seems legit. I gotta tell you neighbors, Some of our hard working friends and neighbors have done one heck of a job for us. It looks awesome. What I got out of the conversation was it could even be in place at least some of it by late summer. They will meet again in two weeks to firm up some of the building details and they should know more then. It's about damn time. Sad that it took 8 long years but sometimes, that's just the way it goes.
Below is tonights City Council agenda. Some of the stuff looks like it could be fun. See you there.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson


REGULAR MEETING April 5th, 2016 @ 7:00 P.M.
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick 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.
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Hoerner Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Solmonsson Mayor Johnson
    City Administrator

    1. Check Register: Feb. 02.25.16 thru 03.30.16
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held March 1, 2016
    3. Minutes from Special Meeting held March 23, 2016
    4. Quarterly Investment Report ending Dec. 31, 2015
    5. Certificate of Unopposed Candidates for May 7, 2016 General Election
    a. Update from City Attorney on contract agreement with Sidewalk Brands,

    LLC d.b.a Okie's Courtyard. (Councilman Hoerner)
    b. Update from City Attorney on the Mayor's topic of Clear Lake
    Shores ETJ. (Mayor Johnson)
  9. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following
    1. Ordinance 2015-20: An Ordinance adopting amendment no. 5 to the original budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year 2014-15, adjusting amounts in the expenditure accounts of the General Fund Public Safety Department; containing findings; providing for severability; and providing other details relating thereto. (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Presentation of the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. (City Administrator George Jones)

c. Introduction of Kevin Harrell and approval of his employment as City Building Official/Code Enforcement Officer of the City of Clear Lake Shores.
(City Administrator George Jones)
  1. Request to annex certain properties South of FM 2094, directing staff to proceed with the preparation of a service plan and statutory procedures. (City Administrator George Jones/City Attorney)
  2. Appoint Alex Scanlon to fill vacancy on the Zoning Board of Adjustments
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  3. Resolution 2016-04: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, authorizing the Galveston County Mosquito Control District Aerial Spraying for the Abatement of Mosquitoes. (City Administrator George Jones)
  4. Ordinance 2016-06: An Ordinance adopting amendment no. 1 to the original budget of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas for the fiscal year of 2015-16, providing for a supplemental appropriation to the General Fund Police Department. (City Administrator George Jones)
  5. Award of the street bid for Street Construction to the low bidder, D & W Construction in the amount of $636,985.00. This includes the base bid plus alternate 1. (Cobb Fendley recommendation letter)
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  6. Approve a change order for the bid from D & W Construction in the amount of $25,120.00 (Cobb Fendley recommendation letter)
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  7. Extension of the contract with Crowder-Gulf for Debris Removal in the event of a natural disaster requiring a debris removal contractor.
    (City Administrator George Jones)
  8. Approval of a contract with Gulf Coast Aquatics for lifeguard and maintenance services at the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Pool for 12 months beginning May 1, 2016. (City Administrator George Jones)
  9. Resolution 2016-05: A Resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores declaring unopposed candidates in the May 7, 2016 General City Election, elected to office; canceling the election; providing a severability clause; and providing for an effective date. (City Administrator George Jones)
  10. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: a closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.
  11. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Section 551.072. To take action, if any, on item discussed in the Executive Session – deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.