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eNewsletter · June 2013

Independence Day

July is just a few weeks away and once again, on the Fourth of July, we’ll be having the Best Blast on the Beach in Mexico Beach.

The celebration starts with our annual Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run, which begins at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street—just a couple of blocks from Highway 98. Registration forms are available at and at the Tourist Information Center on Canal Parkway. There will NOT be any registration on the day of the race and it is limited to the first 325 runners. The race starts at 7:00 a.m. (CDT).

Our second event is the kids’ fishing tournament at Canal Park from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (CDT). Kids and parents enjoy this great family event. As usual, we’ll be serving free hot dogs, snacks, and beverages to the fishermen and their parents—we’ll also have trophies for the winners and ribbons for all the anglers.

And, at 8:30 p.m. (CDT), we’ll have our spectacular fireworks show from the pier—a not-to-be-missed event for everyone, young and old.

Meet Mexico Beach

This month, we are happy to introduce you to the newest member of our Mexico Beach CDC family. Maggie Drew Shoaf was born on May 7 at 12:31 p.m. Maggie is the daughter of our director, Kimberly Shoaf. Both baby and mommy are at home resting and doing well. Congratulations to Andy, Kimberly, and big sister, Eleanor, on the birth of their newest bundle of joy.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Red snapper season opened June 1. Mexico Beach offers more prime snapper fishing spots close to shore than anywhere else in Florida. The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) artificial reef permit areas provide a healthy fish ecosystem within reach on almost any size boat. The public boat ramp has plenty of launching and parking space with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.

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

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

Scott & Lorie
Scott and Lorie came from Montgomery, Alabama, to celebrate their marriage. With them were daughters Katy and Brennan. Congratulations, Scott and Lorie!


Mark Your Calendars

Red Snapper Season
June 1–July 15
Red snapper season opens! This year, the season for recreational red snapper is 44 days, starting June 1 and ending July 15. For more information on the red snapper season, click here.

Best Blast on the Beach
July 4
The Best Blast on the Beach is our Independence Day celebration, and it's outstanding! The day begins bright and early with our 5K Run/Walk at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street. Then, it's a quick hop down to Canal Park, where our Kids’ Fishing Tournament takes place. No July Fourth would be complete without a fireworks show, and Mexico Beach offers a big one! Watch from the beach, the balcony of your vacation home, or at one of the area’s restaurants, and enjoy as we say, “Happy Birthday, America!”

9th Annual Offshore Classic
June 26–27
Mexico Beach Marina hosts its 9th Annual Offshore Classic, and this year it's fish on! With two days to fish for the big one, anglers will fight it out to prove they have what it takes. The Captains Party will take place on Thursday night—time and location to be posted at a later date. Then it's time for the fishing to begin. Grand prizes will be awarded in wahoo, kingfish, and mackerel categories; there will also be an optional jackpot. Weigh-in both days will be at the Mexico Beach Marina. On Saturday, the awards party will be at the Marina with food, beverages, and entertainment. To register, visit the Mexico Beach Marina.

Photography Contest
April 1–July 30
Our 13th Annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest is open, and you still have time to submit your pictures. All photographs must be taken in Mexico Beach and submitted to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council (CDC) by the deadline of July 30, 2013. For more information, please call the CDC at 1-888-723-2546. Entry forms are available online:

Contest Entry Form (PDF)

Recipe of the Month

Amberjack Bites
We thank Gene Childs for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

Amberjack fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes
One beaten egg
Crystal Hot Sauce
Cracker meal
Oil for frying

Soak amberjack cubes in enough hot sauce to cover; refrigerate for at least two hours. The longer, the better. Drain off hot sauce, coat with beaten egg and dredge in cracker meal. Put into hot oil for frying. Once fried, pull out and cool for just a bit. This is not as hot and spicy as it sounds—it just gives a zing to the fish. Enjoy!

Thoughts for the Month

Things you may not know or may have forgotten about the Fourth of July and the Declaration of Independence:

In June of 1776, the Second Continental Congress authorized the Committee of Five—Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman—to draft a declaration of American independence. Thomas Jefferson actually wrote the Declaration.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress, was the first (and only) person to sign the Declaration on July 4, 1776. The majority of the remaining delegates did not complete the signing of the Declaration until August of 1776.

Two future presidents signed the Declaration: John Adams (our second president) and Thomas Jefferson (our third president). Both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration.

One president was born on the Fourth of July (Calvin Coolidge).

It wasn’t until 1938 that Congress made the Fourth of July an official paid federal holiday. It’s one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

The official name of the holiday is “Independence Day.”

Representing Georgia in 1776 were Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton. Each one has a county in Georgia named after him.

Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving member of the signers when he died in 1832 at age 95. Carroll County, Maryland, is named for him.

The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Col. John Nixon.

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