The charming resort community of Lake Dallas, which has more than 7,900 residents, is located in a prime location connected north-south along I-35 with east-west access along U.S. Highway 380. A new bridge links Lake Dallas’ Swisher Road and El Dorado Parkway, allowing motorists to travel from I-35 East to Little Elm and the Dallas North Tollway. Today, the ability to span waters is catching the attention of developers for Lake Dallas, a city that went through a few name changes as the lake filled areas once farmed for timber and crossed by railroad tracks. The cities want developers to notice their new offerings. Corinth is designing a new city logo and website, soliciting faster internet services and assigning ambassadors to market their city, according to Corinth Town Manager Bob Hart. A new rail station would provide easier travel to North Central Texas College and other areas.
“ The Lake Cities are in a prime location, and this is a new era of cooperation.” Small-Town Charm Residents of Shady Shores, on the other hand, would prefer not to get too much attention. They like the small-town friendliness of their town. The quiet, heavily treed community has nary a stop sign or convenience store and is anchored by the Winter Oaks horse riding stable. Still, Shady Shores Town Secretary Wendy Wither says, “We are pleased with
the level of intergovernmental cooperation that we have experienced with the other Lake Cities.” One result of the cooperation is that the town of about 2,800 received approval to raise the South Shady Shores Bridge as part of a joint $15.5 million flood-control project with Lake Dallas and Denton County. The project was started in 2016, when the town’s major thoroughfare was underwater for more than six months. The 2.9-square-mile town, which has origins in wood-shingle fishing camps on the north side of the lake, incorporated in 1960 mostly to escape being annexed by Denton. Up until 2000, when tax collection began, money for road repairs and police and fire protection came from building permit fees, pancake suppers and donations from residents. “By working together, we look forward to providing some cost savings as well as developing some excellent community services,” Withers says.
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