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eNewsletter · January 2014

Happy New Year to Our Residents, Visitors and Friends!

2013 was a prosperous year in Mexico Beach and we ended the year with a spectacular “Welcome” to 2014 on New Year’s Eve. We had a large number of revelers at the various Celebrate Twice events, and they took advantage of our complimentary trolley service. We are happy to report that the night’s festivities kept everyone safe and there were no reported incidents. The fireworks show from the City Pier at midnight was well received, and we’re all looking forward to a prosperous 2014.

What’s New in Mexico Beach

We have a different kind of snowbird visiting Mexico Beach. We’re proud of the bald eagle that has been spotted in our neighborhood. If you keep your camera handy, you might get a chance to get his picture like Dennis from Virginia was able to do.

And the Winner Is...

Last month we gave away a cookbook written by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. Congratulations to Billy Rhodes from Pinson, Alabama. Your new cookbook is in the mail!

Mexico Beach Giveaway

This month we are giving away a basket of Mexico Beach “goodies,” including a gift certificate, a Mexico Beach T-shirt and a jar of Killer Seafood Simmerin’ Sauce. If you would like to put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to [email protected]. The winner will be announced in the February newsletter.

Meet Mexico Beach

This month we would like to introduce you to Adrian Welle, who joined the city staff as the new city clerk. Originally from Pierz, Minnesota, he has spent his career in city government and has several years of experience. Adrian is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and a recovering Minnesota Vikings fan! The next time you’re in City Hall, stop and say hello to Adrian.

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

Elaine & Michael
This month we congratulate Elaine and Michael, who came from Indiana to our beach for their wedding. The weather was good and the wedding was beach casual. Elaine was a beautiful bride. Congratulations, Elaine and Mike!


Mark Your Calendars

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.

SEA Art Walk
February 15
Come shop your way through Mexico Beach! The Society of Expressive Artists (SEA) will be hosting their second annual Art Walk on Saturday, February 15 after the Gumbo Cook-Off. Artists will have booths set up along Highway 98, so visitors and residents can walk the sidewalks of Mexico Beach and enjoy one-of-a-kind artwork by local artists.

Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon
March 6
We always look forward to our visitors coming back each year and we celebrate their return with a luncheon in March. All food and drinks are complimentary and we will have live entertainment and door prizes. We hope all our winter residents will join us.

Recipe of the Month

Shrimp Fajitas
This month we want to thank 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 lb. bay shrimp
1 large green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 large red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 large Spanish onion, sliced into strips
1 tbsp. minced garlic
¼ cup virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Flour tortillas
Avocado and salsa for garnish

Sauté peppers, onions and garlic in the olive oil. Cook the mixture until tender; add cilantro, shrimp, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with warm flour tortillas. Garnish with avocado and salsa.

Thoughts for the Month

With the New Year, we think of our resolutions and what will happen in this year. We could ask college professors—or fortune tellers—but we think the best place to see the next year is in fortune cookies. So, we’ve collected a few quotes that were in cookies—and a few that should be in cookies!

Sayings in fortune cookies:

  • A closed mouth gathers no feet
  • A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking
  • A cynic is only a frustrated optimist
  • A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject
  • Do not mistake temptation for opportunity
  • The world may be your oyster, but it doesn’t mean you’ll get its pearl
  • Never forget a friend, especially if he owes you money
  • Never wear your best pants when you go to fight for freedom
  • That wasn’t chicken
  • There is no mistake as great as that of being always right

Sayings that should be in fortune cookies:

  • Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them
  • Don’t fry bacon in the nude
  • Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things
  • If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door
  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age
  • When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane

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