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eNewsletter · August 2013

It’s Summertime at the Beach and We’re Dancing!

We want to thank our Facebook fan, Trista Davenport, for sharing this great picture! Thanks so much, Trista.

The “We’re Buying Dinner” Winners!

Last month we had a $50 gift certificate to The Fish House and a $50 gift certificate to Mango Marley’s (compliments of Southern Vacation Rentals) up for grabs. We received over 180 entries. Thank you all for reading and entering! And our winners are Leon and Evelyn Talada of Memphis, TN for the Mango Marley’s certificate and Barbara Chambers of Sanford, MI for the Fish House certificate.

Meet Mexico Beach

This month we have a special recognition. In July, there was a criminal who was sought by the police; he had eluded apprehension in a neighboring town. The suspect was driving through Mexico Beach when he was spotted by our local police who chased him and quickly apprehended him with assistance from the Bay County Sheriff’s office. We commend our law enforcement personnel for keeping Mexico Beach a safe and secure community.

Pictured from left to right: Mexico Beach Police Chief Glenn Norris awards Commendation Medal to Bay County Sheriff’s Officer Martin Deutsche, Mexico Beach Police Officer Mike Duhart, and Mexico Beach Police Officer Mike Guzelian.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

August is when the bite, like the weather, heats up. Take some time to catch live bait with a sabiki rig along the buoy line into St. Joe Bay, and then put them right back out on light spinning gear with a wire leader and treble hooks and bump troll around the same buoys. Just go fast enough to keep the baits behind the boat and get ready for some fast action. Remember the 17th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament is August 24.

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

Gena & Jeff
Gena and Jeff, from near Mobile, Alabama, were good friends in high school and got together later in life. They came to Mexico Beach for a romantic sunrise wedding on the beach. Congratulations, Gena and Jeff!

Mary & Christopher
We offer our congratulations to Mary and Christopher, who came from Moultrie, Georgia, for their wedding on the beach. It was a sunset ceremony and they added a personal touch with a dance during the ceremony—very creative and fun! Congratulations, Mary and Christopher!

Vow Renewal Weekend Giveaway

Last year we sponsored a free trip to the beach for a couple to come and reaffirm their wedding vows. We had a lot of interest and a lot of fun doing it, and we were able to give the prize to a lovely couple. So, we’ve decided to do it again. If you would like to enter, give us a brief story of your wedding day and how this renewal would be special. This offer is only valid for the month of September. The winner will receive two nights’ lodging, a restaurant gift certificate, pictures of the ceremony (max. 15), and an officiant to perform the ceremony. Send your name and contact information to [email protected] no later than August 20. Don’t forget to include your story!


Mark Your Calendars

MBARA Kingfish Tournament
August 23–24
Join us for the 17th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament. This is a charitable fund-raising event to build artificial reefs. All proceeds will be used to create more wonderful marine habitats and improve our fishery for everyone to enjoy. Top dollars awarded to first-place winners! For more information, visit the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association website.

Music in the Park
It’s time once again for Music in the Park! Bring your chairs, blankets, and coolers and enjoy listening to talented musicians play. Every Thursday at Sunset Park from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m., talented performers will be playing for your enjoyment, singing songs that we all know and love, and letting us in on some of their own original creations.

We are happy to announce this year’s lineup:

  • Sept. 5th – Jerry Salley with Bo Spring
  • Sept. 12th – Heat & the Zydeco Gents
  • Sept. 19th – Rockin’ Randall & The Gang
  • Sept. 26th – Charlie and Dana Black

Beach Blast Triathlon
September 14
Athletes from all over the world travel to Veteran’s Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach to run, bike, and swim in this USA Triathlon sanctioned event. This event is organized by certified staff and wonderful volunteers who love the sport. Following the race, athletes and their friends and family celebrate the accomplishments of the day with great food and an awards presentation. For more information on how to enter, visit

Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival
October 12
The 14th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival, held at the Driftwood Inn, will feature fine wines, a live auction, musical entertainment and, of course, ART! Hope you will join us!

Recipe of the Month

Scallops Vermouth
We thank the MBARA for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tbsp. minced onion
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup dry vermouth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 lb. bay scallops
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup light cream
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (optional)

Combine butter and onion in a two-quart microwave-proof casserole dish. Cook in microwave, uncovered, on maximum power for two minutes. Stir in flour and blend well. Add mushrooms, wine, salt, pepper, scallops, bay leaf, and lemon juice. Stir carefully. Cook, covered, on maximum power for six minutes, or until scallops are tender. Remove bay leaf. Beat cream with egg yolk. Add some of the hot liquid carefully to egg and blend well. Stir egg mixture carefully into hot casserole. Add pepper sauce and stir well. Cook, covered, on power level 6 (60%) [bake] for five minutes, stirring once during cooking. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Makes four servings.

Thoughts for the Month

Yogi Berra is one of the most beloved and often-quoted figures in baseball. His skills were legendary, and so were his quotes. We thought you might enjoy a few of them.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up someplace else.”

On why he no longer went to a local restaurant, he said, “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

“Never answer anonymous letters.”

“Ninety percent of the game (baseball) is half mental.”

“It gets late early out there.”

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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