View Online | Unsubscribe Photo Gallery | Beach Cam | Contact Us  

eNewsletter · September 2013

Another Summer of Great Memories Draws to an End

To everyone who came to visit this summer, we would like to say “THANK YOU” and please come back soon. Our beaches are still spectacular and the water is sparkling. We’re a family vacationland and we would love to be your host!

Mexico Beach 2013 Photography Contest Winners

The Mexico Beach Photography Contest received over 165 photographs for this year’s contest. Thanks to all those who submitted pictures—the judges had a hard time determining winners for each category. If you submitted a photograph and it won, a letter will be mailed to you with information on your win. All winning photographs will be on display in the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. For those who did not win, you may pick up your pictures at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. No photographs will be mailed back. Pictures will be available until December 30, 2013. Thank you for entering—we hope you will enter again next year! To view the photographs, click here.

Around Mexico Beach

1st: Rosie Gammell – Inverness, FL
2nd: Cindy Yost – Brooksville, FL
3rd: Bill Fauth – Mexico Beach, FL

Sunrise & Sunset

1st: Lisa Gaines – Richmond Hill, GA
2nd: Marty Moore – Belpre, OH
3rd: Gloria Sanchez – Mexico Beach, FL

The Beaches

1st: Nancy Walker – Clear Lake, IA
2nd: Marty Moore – Belpre, OH
3rd: Bill Fauth – Mexico Beach, FL


Fishing & Boating

1st: William Campbell – Mexico Beach, FL
2nd: Everett Roll – Panama City Beach, FL
3rd: Nancy Walker – Clear Lake, IA

Flora & Fauna

1st: Bill Fauth – Mexico Beach, FL
2nd: DragonFly Photography – Stone Mountain, GA
3rd: Charlene Miles – Chatsworth, GA


1st: Nancy Walker – Clear Lake, IA
2nd: DragonFly Photography – Stone Mountain, GA
3rd: Lisa Gaines – Richmond Hill, GA

Art & Wine Festival Giveaway

Our Art and Wine Festival is just around the corner and will be held at the Driftwood Inn. We’re excited about this event and have brought in local restaurants to offer a variety of food. There will be both a live and a silent auction, as well as over 25 talented artists from around the world. We’ve kept the excellent wines and good music, so be sure to attend. To showcase this event, we are giving away four entry tickets to the festival along with a complimentary bottle of wine. Just reply to [email protected], and we’ll put your name in the hat for the tickets.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

MBARA Kingfish Tournament Winners
On August 24, 2013, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association had their 17th Annual Kingfish Tournament. We had a total of 139 boats with some anglers coming from as far away as Kentucky and Louisiana; the majority of the entrants were from Georgia.

The winning kingfish weighed 43.95 pounds and was caught by Jack Hittinger. Jim Rentz caught the winning wahoo, which weighed in at 23.05 lbs. Pictured (L–R) above are the winners with crew and Miss Kingfish:

· Miss Kingfish (Taylor Gallagher)
· Mike Chavez Jr.
· Jim Rentz (winning wahoo)
· Phillip Cochran
· Captain Michael Lodge
· Jack Hittinger (winning kingfish)

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

Last month we sponsored a weekend giveaway for a couple wanting to renew their wedding vows on the beach. Our winners were Eric and Tracy Lundgaard from Brownsburg, Indiana. They renewed their vows after over 25 years of marriage. We also had two other ceremonies:

Nicole & Mark
Nicole and Mark came from South Georgia to tie the knot on the pier with a picturesque background of the Gulf of Mexico.

Sharon & Keith
They were joined by their friends Sharon and Keith, who also celebrated with a vow renewal on the pier. Congratulations everyone!

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


Music in the Park
We’ve started our annual Music in the Park series and had a rocking night on September 5. The concerts start at 6:00 p.m. in Sunset Park (next to the El Governor Motel). Be sure to bring your chairs and any refreshment you want to enjoy. The following performers are still to come:

We are happy to announce this year’s lineup:

  • Sept. 12th – Heat & the Zydeco Gents
  • Sept. 19th – Rockin’ Randall & The Gang
  • Sept. 26th – Charlie and Dana Black

Click here for more information.

Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival
October 12
The 15th 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!

Click here for more information.

Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival
October 17–20
Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival is back! With over twenty talented singer/songwriters visiting from Nashville, you will have plenty of chances to see them perform at local restaurants and bars. Now in its fifth year, this event brings the talent to the beach and the music to go along with it.

Click here for more information.

Recipe of the Month

Pecan-Crusted Trout with Orange Sauce
We thank Dena Sapp for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

8 trout fillets, skinned
2 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2½ tsp. salt
1 cup butter
Orange sauce (recipe follows)
Garnish: Toasted pecan halves

Microwave butter in a 2-cup microwavable cup on high 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside. Stir together toasted pecans, flour, salt, and pepper. Dredge fillets in mixture. Heat half of the butter in a large skillet; fry half of fillets 1½ to 2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with fork. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and fillets. Serve with orange sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Orange Sauce
4 cups fresh orange juice
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. pepper

Bring juice to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Serve with fillets.

Thoughts for the Month

“Zen” teachings (or just good practical advice).

Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

Good judgment comes from bad experience—and most of that comes from bad judgment.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

  Mexico Beach   |   Things to Do   |   Places to Stay   |   Weddings & Special Events  

  Business Listings   |   News & Events  

©2013 Mexico Beach Community Development Council | (850) 648-8196 or (888) 723-2546 | [email protected]
102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach, FL 32456