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Stories of CLS

Besides our gorgeous sunsets, what makes CLS the best place to live? Our great stories! 

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, the City will share a series of videos throughout the year featuring our history, stories of residents, accomplishments, and other unique anecdotes that have made Clear Lake Shores the best place to raise a family, do business and play.


To watch our stories, follow us on social media @CityofCLS

#StoriesofCLS - Suzanne Lee

What better way to kick off our “Stories of CLS” than by introducing you to a CLS resident who has helped shape the essence of our city.  


Mr. and Mrs. Lee moved to Clear Lake Shores in 1970, and together they opened Joe Lee’s Seafood, a restaurant that has become an iconic spot in our community. 


Mr. Joe Lee was also a very involved citizen. He served our community as a council member for four years and mayor for six years. In 1985, the City proclaimed April 12th as “Joe Lee Day” in appreciation of his many contributions. 


Mr. Lee passed away in 1996, but Mrs. Lee and her sons have been holding down the fort since. She is committed to serving delicious food to our residents and visitors for many years to come. 


The City of Clear Lake Shores is honored to call Mrs. Suzanne Lee our neighbor. 


#StoriesofCLS - Ted and Betty Guthrie

Ted discovered Clear Lake Shores in 1943, and Betty’s family bought property in 1948. They married in 1951 and realized that Clear Lake Shores was the place they wanted to raise a family. 


They have lived in CLS for 70 years and they don’t regret a minute of it. From devastating hurricanes to great city successes, they have seen Clear Lake Shores turn into the strong community that it is today. 


Listening to Ted and Betty share their stories, will transport you to CLS in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.


In order to appreciate Clear Lake Shores today, we must cherish, honor and respect our history. Clear Lake Shores is amazing today because it has a wonderful past. 


Meet Ted and Betty Guthrie, our CLS neighbors since 1951.


#StoriesofCLS - Vince "Chico" & Isabelle "Bambi" Ryan

The Ryan family, along with their 3 children, moved to Clear Lake Shores, from Houston, in 1952 when Vince was five years old.  Nine months later Isabelle was born and has lived on the island her entire life.   After attending law school at the University of Houston, Vince moved to Houston to raise his family and served as Harris County Attorney from 2009 to 2020.


You’ll enjoy listening to the stories of their childhood and what growing up in the country, known today as CLS, was like.


Meet Vince “Chico” and Isabelle “Bambi” Ryan.


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