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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Important Information for Waterfront Leaseholders

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Due to COVID-19, inspections normally addressed by the Waterfront Compliance Committee have been delayed. However, the City conducted courtesy inspections to make leaseholders aware of potential issues on the waterfront.  

The City recently mailed waterfront lease invoices for the upcoming year, and you may have noticed that some of the invoices also included a violation report.  The form mailed was the standard violation form and that was not intended, our goal was to have sent an inspection report.  

The information provided on the form was valid at the time of inspection and may have been corrected by the time you received the letter.  The letter references a time limit to complete work and that was not to be included in this letter.  A formal inspection will take place in the week of August 3rd and that will start the official process if any unaddressed issues remain.  You are not in peril of losing your lease in ten days if something is unresolved, it will be addressed in the formal process, if necessary. 

Why are these inspections important?  

They are vitally important in protecting our shoreline, providing for green space, allowing for beautiful views of the water, vessels and our signature sunsets and providing access for leaseholders to the water, via pier or bulkhead.      

These are some of the critical issues the City identified during the inspection:

  • Bulkheads: A failing bulkhead is a safety concern and allows for subsidence and erosion of the shoreline.  
  • Fire rings, fire pits and BBQ grills/BBQ pits on leases: As parkland, fires are not allowed. Cooking food is allowed on a grill or pit, but they must be removed at the conclusion of use.  This is similar to a park where you can cook but not leave it overnight.  
  • Furniture and loose articles:  Our location is susceptible to high water levels, either tidal or weather related, as well as increased wind activity make loose furniture and other articles a hazard under certain conditions.  Preventing damage and injuries is our primary concern.  It’s also nice to protect your investment.
  • Lease numbers: There are lease numbers located on each end of the lease at the bulkhead. This is not a safety issue nor does it preserve the shoreline, but it has a very important role in accurately identifying a lease.  Some leases have been split numerous times and the identifying system can be confusing.  Clearly identifying the lease boundaries, assists staff and the Waterfront Compliance Committee in contacting the appropriate party.  In the future, we hope to address this with a uniform number system, that is weatherproof and easily identifiable provided by the City. For now, we need your help in doing so. 

The waterfront areas are a great asset to our community.  Waterfront lease holders are community partners with the city and take an active role in the preservation and beautification of the city.  Sunsets are celebrated and sunrises welcomed in Clear Lake Shores.  Thank you for your investment and dedication, it does not go unappreciated, by elected officials, staff, residents and visitors.  

For more information regarding waterfront leases, please visit www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/waterfront.

Sincerely,

Brent Spier, City Administrator


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