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eNewsletter · April 2013

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
—William Shakespeare

Winter has ended, spring break is in full swing, and we’re enjoying the weather and the beaches. Who can forget our beach sunsets!

Unfortunately, when spring arrives, our winter visitors return to their homes. We always enjoy their arrival and are saddened when they leave—they’re good friends to all of us. Pictured are Mike Ott from Scarborough, Maine, and Dennis Johnson from Marion, Virginia. Mike has been coming here for eight years and Dennis for three years. They enjoy their time spent with us and we look forward to seeing them again later this year.

Meet Mexico Beach

Graba Java
This month we want to introduce a new business that has come to Mexico Beach. Graba Java Internet Cafe has opened on 30th Street, right behind Shoreline Styles. Graba Java is owned and operated by Shawna Wood and Amy Hay. Both are longtime Mexico Beach residents–well, Amy lives in Overstreet, but we’ll claim her! The cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They serve coffee, teas, specialty drinks and coffees, breakfast and lunch. Their breakfast menu includes homemade Belgian waffles, English breakfast sandwiches, fresh pastries and fruit cups. For lunch, you can enjoy one of two soups made fresh daily, a variety of sandwiches, and salads. Stop by and enjoy a fresh cup of joe and a pastry. While there, visit the Left Bank Gallery, which features beautiful art from local artists that is also available for purchase.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

The “Spanish Invasion” is here! Spanish mackerel are caught from the Mexico Beach Pier with light spinning gear with a “gotcha” plug and the limit is 15 fish per person with a 12-inch minimum length. They usually invade when the water temps reach 70 degrees. If you see birds diving into water to feed, then cast that way and retrieve it quickly; they are fast swimmers. If you are after fish that are a little bigger, charter a boat from our local fleet and spend some time trolling the beautiful beaches.

Mexico Beach offers some of the best sport fishing in the world. For a complete list of charter services, marina info, and reef coordinates visit

Weddings on the Beach

Mike & Becky
In March, we welcomed Mike and Becky from Jonesboro, Illinois, to Mexico Beach for their wedding. They enjoyed Mexico Beach and we enjoyed meeting them. Congratulations, Mike and Becky!

Mexico Beach is the perfect place to say “I Do”! For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit


Fishing Tournament Giveaway: Winner Selected

Greg Shewring of Port St. Joe is the winner of The 98 Real Estate Group Ling Ding Fishing Tournament boat registration. Congratulations, Greg, and good luck!

Mark Your Calendars

2013 Ling Ding Fishing Tournament
April 5—27
The 98 Real Estate Group Ling Ding Tournament is back for 2013, and this year’s tournament is offered every weekend in April. Anglers will be able to try and reel in the biggest ling (cobia), as well as other prize fish. With the Captain’s Party kicking off the tournament on April 5 and the weigh-in party on April 27 at the Mexico Beach Marina, this is one tournament you won’t want to miss.

Visit Mexico Beach Marina for more information and to register.

Spring Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon
April 27
The spring Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon will host athletes at Veteran’s Memorial Park for this USA Triathlon–sanctioned event. Participants will converge at the beach to run, bike, and swim. This well-marked course follows along the beautiful white-sand beaches and pine forests of the Gulf Coast. This race is organized by certified staff and wonderful volunteers who love the sport. Registration is now open.

Register online at:

Photography Contest
The 13th Annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest will begin April 1 and run through July 30. All photographs must be taken in Mexico Beach and submitted to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council by the deadline. Entry forms are now available online:

Contest Entry Form (PDF)

Plein Air Invitational
May 2–12
More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida’s Forgotten Coast to participate in the 8th annual Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out, May 2–12, 2013. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida”—the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point.

Recipe of the Month

Jane’s Barbecued Shrimp
We thank Jane Wilson for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

5 lbs. shrimp (heads off optional)
French bread

1 lb. diet margarine
2 ½ oz. Worcestershire sauce
2 ½ oz. soy sauce
2 tbsp. cracked pepper
¼ cup lemon juice
4 tbsp. catsup
1 tbsp. parsley
2 tbsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. oregano

Mix together all ingredients for the sauce and heat until butter is melted. Do not boil. Pour over shrimp in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Reheat before serving. Serve in bowls with sauce and plenty of toasted French bread to dunk. You will also need plenty of napkins after peeling shrimp!

Whaddaya think?

We put together a few true/false statements to see which ones you can figure out!

1. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana—they were seventh cousins.

2. If coloring weren’t added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

3. In the population, approximately 7 percent are left-handed.

4. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina state song.

5. The first Harley-Davidson motorcycle (built in 1903) used a tomato can for a carburetor.

6. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

7. The real reason ostriches stick their heads in the sand is to search for water.

8. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in line.

9. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

10. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

ANSWERS: Each statement is true!

Humphrey Bogart image courtesy of StampGirl /

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