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eNewsletter · December 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From all of us here in Mexico Beach, we wish all our friends a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

It’s that time of year when we celebrate the holidays and enjoy a festive and fun-filled time at the beach. On December 1, we had our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Lighting the tree were special guests Bubba and Barbara Harmon and family, who have been part of Mexico Beach for many years. Pastor Jerry Arhelger from the First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach gave an invocation and then played his guitar and led the crowd in a sing-along of Christmas classics. The golf cart parade had 14 golf carts decorated in a variety of holiday themes, and they led the fire truck with Santa Claus. The children enjoyed snacks and hot chocolate. It was the biggest turnout to date, and we thank everyone who worked so hard to make it a success.

And the Winner Is...

Last month we offered our readers a chance to ring in the New Year twice during our Celebrate Twice event. We are happy to announce that Jimmy and Jennifer Smith from the Atlanta, GA area will be staying two nights at the El Governor Motel and riding the trolley to ring in the New Year.

Mexico Beach Giveaway

This month we are giving away a wonderful cookbook published by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. This book has a wide variety of mouthwatering recipes for all kinds of seafood. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to [email protected] and be sure to submit your contact information with it. The winner will be announced in the January newsletter.

Meet Mexico Beach

This month we would like to introduce you to Chaney McArdle. Chaney is the new Director of Emergency Medical Services in Mexico Beach. He was trained at Gulf Coast State College and was a volunteer for the EMS in Mexico Beach for almost two years before being appointed to his current position. In addition to his medical training, Chaney is also a certified chef! If you get a chance to view the local TV show, you can catch him preparing some great dishes. Welcome aboard, Chaney!

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Ever looked at the Gulf and wondered why those birds were diving all in one spot? Well, that's a healthy ecosystem at work. The waters along The Unforgettable Coast™ are teeming with bait, and that brings in the game fish. The winds are more from the north and northeast, so the waters near our beaches are flat, calm, and crystal clear. Just find the birds and fish around them, under them, or over them. You can fish from shore, a kayak, or a boat. You may need wire if it’s Spanish mackerel or bluefish, but be ready because a 40-pound bull red may be hungry!

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


Mark Your Calendars

Celebrate Twice
December 31–January 1
Mexico Beach wants to welcome patrons to stay at the beach this New Year and ring it in twice! Free shuttles will carry New Year's Eve patrons to area hot spots, so you can celebrate being at the beach and the New Year. Start in Port St. Joe (eastern time zone) to begin the celebrating and then hop on a shuttle and come back to Mexico Beach (central time zone), where you can do it all over again. Fireworks will be shot off the Mexico Beach pier at midnight. So, ring in the New Year twice here in Mexico Beach!

Snowbird Biloxi Trip
January 21–22
Come join the Mexico Beach snowbird crew as they head off to win big and make some memories! The Mexico Beach Community Development Council will be hosting a Biloxi trip for those who want to press their luck. Buses will be pulling out early for this overnight adventure. With two days full of fun activities, you are sure to win something!

16th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off
February 15
Who’s ready for the best cook-off this side of New Orleans? The 16th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off will be on Saturday, February 15 at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach. Come watch as chefs “cook it out” to see who has the best roux and gets crowned “Gumbo King.” The entire family is invited to come out and enjoy the day tasting gumbos, dancing to live music and having a good time.

Recipe of the Month

Oyster Appetizers
This month we want to thank Wilberta Hamilton and the MBARA for providing us with this delicious recipe. This recipe and others can be found in the MBARA cookbook, which can be purchased online at

1 pint oysters
1 qt. boiling water
1 onion, grated
½ tsp. chopped parsley
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. red pepper
1 cup bread crumbs
3 eggs
2 tbsp. butter or margarine

Plump oysters by pouring boiling water over them; drain well and chop fine. Add grated onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Add bread crumbs. Mix to a stiff paste with 1 egg and butter. Form into small balls; roll in 2 beaten eggs, and then in cornmeal. Fry to a crisp brown in hot fat. Makes 4 servings.

Thoughts for the Month

Obey the Law! We all know we are supposed to obey the law, but there are some laws that happen automatically. Here are a few of them:

  • Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.
  • Law of Gravity – Anything you drop will roll to the least accessible place.
  • Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
  • Law of Random Numbers – If you call a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
  • Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes) the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
  • Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
  • Law of the Theater – The people whose seats are furthest from the aisle always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food or beer or to the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or game. And, naturally, the folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long, gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance.
  • The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something that will last until the coffee is cold.
  • Law of Physical Surface – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
  • Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
  • Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

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