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Our Newest Addition!!

We now have a very noticeable chair at the western entrance to Mexico Beach. We thank Chuck Messer for volunteering to build the chair—he did a remarkable job and it’s been a hit with our visitors. Stop by with your camera for a great picture and upload it to the Mexico Beach Facebook page.

In last month’s newsletter we offered two free rounds of golf at Bay Dunes Golf Course. We’re happy to announce that Nancy and Terry Rossman from Port Richey, Florida, are our winners. It will be their first visit to Mexico Beach and we look forward to seeing them. Hit them straight, Terry and Nancy!

Wasn’t That A Party!!!

Our Nation’s Birthday Party in Mexico Beach was spectacular. We started early in the morning with the Sandy Shoes 5K race and we had over 400 runners! (The winners are listed at the end of this newsletter.) After the race, we headed to the canal for the children’s fishing tournament, but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with us. Within 15 minutes of starting, a heavy storm with thunder and lightning came through and we had to cancel the tournament. We finished the day with a spectacular fireworks show from our pier. The beach was crowded with visitors and a good time was had by all.

Weddings on the Beach

Hanna & Dennis
Hanna and Dennis came to the beach from Loganville, Georgia, for their wedding. A favorite feature of beach weddings is the combining of sand to signify two lives becoming one.

Jessica & Randall
Jessica and Randall came from Coweta, Georgia, to tie the knot on our beach, and the wedding was beautiful—and so was the weather!


Meet Mexico Beach

This month we want to introduce you to a truly wonderful lady. Her name is Ruth McLaughlin and she’s been a resident here for over 20 years. Each evening, she and her husband, Dick, would walk from their house to the beach to enjoy the sunset. Sadly, Dick passed away recently and Ruth decided to celebrate his life by donating a granite bench near the beach at Sunset Park. Thank you, Ruth!

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Photography Contest

Our 12th Annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest is under way, and there is still time to submit your photographs. All photographs must be taken in Mexico Beach and submitted to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council (CDC). There’s not much time left—all photographs must be received by July 30th.

For more information, visit

8th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic

July 27 and July 28. Mexico Beach Marina 8th Annual Offshore Classic. A two-day offshore fishing tournament with categories in King Mackerel, Wahoo and Dolphin. Registration is open at Mexico Beach Marina or click here for an entry form. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prize in each category with a grand prize of $2,500. For more information, visit the Mexico Beach Marina. Bring the family and stay the weekend in Mexico Beach while fishing in this great tournament.

Recipe of the Month

Jalapeño Popper Dip

These can be served as a light meal with a salad or soup. They can also be sliced into smaller pieces and served as a compliment-grabbing appetizer.

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (half Jack, half cheddar)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
1 (4 oz.) can sliced jalapeños – double if you like heat
1 cup panko bread crumbs
4 tbsp. melted butter

In food processor or blender, add the first 6 ingredients and process until smooth. (You do not need to drain the cans of peppers.)

Spread the dip into a greased 2-quart casserole.

In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and melted butter; mix well.

Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the dip and bake in preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

You want the top browned and the dip to be heated through and bubbling gently on the edges.

Serve with buttery crackers or a sliced French baguette.

Note: Do not overcook or the mayonnaise will separate and you will have a grease puddle in your dip.

Prep time – 10 minutes
Cook time – 20 minutes

Things to Ponder at the Beach

“Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.”
  ~ Ogden Nash

“Nobody roots for Goliath.”
  ~ Wilt Chamberlain

“When all is said and done, more is said than done.”
  ~ Anonymous

“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.”
  ~ Howard Ruff

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.”
  ~ Joe Ancis

“They say you can’t do it, but sometimes it doesn’t always work.”
  ~ Casey Stengel

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
  ~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“The race may not be to the swift nor the victory to the strong, but that’s how you bet.”
  ~ Damon Runyon

“You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.”
  ~ Junior Executive

Sandy Shoes 5K Winners

Mexico Beach Community Development Council is pleased to announce the winners of the Sandy Shoes 5K run/ralk race which was held on July 4, 2012.

Overall Males
(Runner, Home State, Time)

1st:  Rodney Wellman, Texas, 19:11
2nd:  Greg Wadell, Georgia, 19:29
3rd:  Thomas Howell, Florida, 19:57

Overall Females
(Runner, Home State, Time)

1st:  Cessily Skinner, Maryland, 22:28
2nd:  Donna Lanier, Florida, 24:15
3rd:  Wendy Janson, Missouri, 24:30

Youth 14 and Under — Boys
(Runner, Home State, Time)

1st:  Brenden Ehrlich, Florida, 22:17
2nd:  Harrison Wellman, Texas, 22:37

Youth 14 and Under — Girls
(Runner, Home State, Time)

1st:  Gracie White, Georgia, 30:05
2nd:  Ainsley Cain, Georgia, 31:08

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