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eNewsletter · November 2013

We Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we cherish the holiday for family celebrations. We wish all of our friends a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you are able to spend this Thanksgiving with us in Mexico Beach, some of our restaurants and grocery stores will be open to accommodate any last minute trips or dining plans.

And the Winner Is...

Last month we offered our readers a chance to dine on us at Toucan’s Restaurant. The lucky couple who will receive the $50 gift certificate is Peggy and Ralph Jurkoshek of Cleveland, Ohio. Congratulations Peggy and Ralph. We hope you enjoy dinner on us at Toucan’s!

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

Jennifer & Lance
Our first couple, Jennifer and Lance, came from Middle Georgia to celebrate their wedding on our beach. They had a lovely reception at Toucan’s with a beautiful sunset in the background.

Shea & William
Our second couple is Shea and William, who visited us from the Cordele area in Georgia. They had the perfect sunset backdrop for their ceremony.

Sheila & Marshall
And last, local residents Sheila and Marshall chose to begin their marriage with a romantic beach wedding. Their beautiful barefoot ceremony was followed by a champagne toast.

We’re proud of our beaches and consider it a compliment when couples choose to get married here. Congratulations to our newlyweds!


Mark Your Calendars

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1
We start December off in the spirit of the holiday on Sunday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Come join us at Sunset Park as we transform it into a winter wonderland. After Christmas carols are sung and the Christmas tree is lit, we will have the traditional decorated golf cart parade and the arrival of Santa. Complimentary snacks, cookies, and coffee will be provided.

Celebrate Twice
December 31
On New Year’s Eve, we celebrate the New Year twice. You can cross the time line and celebrate New Year’s Eve on the beach in Gulf County (eastern time) and then return to Mexico Beach (central time) and celebrate again! To make the night safer and more enjoyable, we have extras. First, there will be complimentary shuttle transportation to area restaurants and bars, so nobody has to drive. Second, we are going to have a fireworks show that will be shot off the Mexico Beach city pier at midnight. And finally, we are giving away a New Year’s Eve getaway for two nights in Mexico Beach. The winner will be able to check in on New Year’s Eve and check out on January 2. If you want your name included in the drawing, send an e-mail to Melissa at [email protected] no later than November 29. The winner will be announced in the December newsletter.

Recipe of the Month

Fish Dip
This month, we want to thank Sally Childs and the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association for providing us with this delicious recipe. This recipe and others can be found in the MBARA Cookbook, which is available for purchase online at

Leftover fish fillets, any kind
Lemon-pepper seasoning and salt

It doesn’t matter how the fish was cooked originally, though smoked fish is great. Crumble up the fillets in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients to taste. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

Thoughts for the Month

If you can pass this quiz, you’re ready for retirement!

1. How many days in a retiree’s week?

2. When is a retiree’s bedtime?

3. What’s the biggest gripe of retirees?

4. Why don’t retirees mind being called “seniors”?

5. Among retirees, what is considered formal attire?

6. Why do retirees count pennies?

7. What’s the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?

8. What do retirees call a long lunch?

9. What is the best way to describe retirement?


1. There are seven days in a retiree’s week—six Saturdays and one Sunday.

2. A retiree’s bedtime is three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

3. The biggest gripe of retirees is that there is not enough time to get everything done.

4. Retirees don’t mind being called seniors because it comes with a 10% discount.

5. For retirees, formal attire is considered to be “tied shoes.”

6. Retirees count pennies because they are the only ones who have the time to do it.

7. The biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree is that if you miss class, nobody calls your parents.

8. Retirees call a long lunch “normal.”

9. The best way to describe retirement is the never-ending coffee break.

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