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eNewsletter · March 2014

Our Gumbo Cook-Off was the Biggest Ever!

On the 15th of February, we had our 16th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off and it was a success. We had the biggest crowd anyone could remember. We don’t have an official count, but all estimates exceed 2,000 visitors. We had 26 competitors and sold out of everything except beer. It was a big success and all proceeds will go to the Best Blast on the Beach July 4th event. The following were this year’s winners:


  • 1st Place: Fish House Restaurant; Mexico Beach, FL
  • 2nd Place: The Thirsty Goat; Port St. Joe, FL
  • 3rd Place: Mango Marley’s; Mexico Beach, FL


  • 1st Place: Sowega Coonasses; Leesburg, GA
  • 2nd Place: Mo Betta Gumbo; Steinhatchee, FL
  • 3rd Place: Roux Health Check Inc.; Mexico Beach, FL

Brunswick Stew

  • 1st Place: Camp Creek Cookers; Mexico Beach, FL
  • 2nd Place: Biker Brew Crew; Port St. Joe, FL
  • 3rd Place: El Go Gumbo; Mexico Beach, FL

Best Team Spirit

  • El Go Gumbo; Mexico Beach, FL

Best Decorated

  • Camp Creek Cookers; Mexico Beach, FL

Furthest Traveled

  • Gumbo Guroux; North Charleston, SC

Special Events for Mexico Beach, the committee that puts on the Gumbo Cook-Off, would like to thank everyone for their support of the event. We hope to see you next year, February 21, 2015.

Meet Mexico Beach

This month we would like to reintroduce you to a business that has moved and expanded—Frost Pottery Garden and Gifts. Jay and Dena Frost are now located at the corner of Highway 98 and 36th Street and online at They have increased their services and products. In addition to pottery, they have live plants, gifts, various home decor, jewelry, and much more. Stop by and visit when you have a chance. They may have exactly what you are looking for.

And the Winner Is…

Last month we gave away a basket of cheer that included a cookbook written by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, a Mexico Beach T-shirt, and a dining gift certificate. The lucky winner was Glenda Anderson from Adamsville, TN. Once again we had so many entrants that we have decided to give away another basket of cheer. If you would like to put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Please be sure to include your contact information. This month’s basket will hold a Mexico Beach T-shirt, Mexico Beach coffee mugs, and bag of Mexico Beach coffee.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Spanish mackerel and pompano will be the focus along the beaches and jetties this time of year. Beach fishermen will see the birds’ feeding activity increase along with a few days of morning fog that will signal the arrival of these tasty predators. The Mexico Beach pier is a great place to spend a few hours casting a “gotcha” plug to the passing Spanish mackerel schools. The minimum length is 12 inches to the inside of the fork and there is a bag limit of 15 fish per person.

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

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.

Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon - Spring Race
April 26
Athletes from all over will travel to our area to run, bike, and swim in this USA Triathlon & Duathlon sanctioned event. Well-marked courses follow along the beautiful white-sand beaches and pine forests of the Gulf Coast. This sprint is organized by certified staff and wonderful volunteers who love the sport.

Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational
May 1–11
More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida’s Forgotten Coast to participate in the 9th annual Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America’s Great Paint-Out. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida” – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point.

Recipe of the Month

Shrimp Casserole
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

2 lb. fresh shrimp, boiled and peeled
1 lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can French-fried onion rings
2 cups grated cheese
1 onion, chopped

Mix all ingredients, except the onion rings. Put in a casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Take out of oven and add the onion rings. Place back in oven and bake until rings are brown. Serve hot.

Thoughts for the Month

Wisdom of the Irish

This month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and one of the traditions of Ireland is the limerick. Named after a city by that name in Ireland, every limerick has five lines and some other limitations. We thought we would remind our friends of some of the more clever limericks.


There was a young lady of Cork,
Whose Pa made a fortune in pork;
He bought for his daughter
A tutor who taught her
To balance green peas on her fork.

There was a young lady of Kent,
Whose nose was most awfully bent.
She followed her nose
One day, I suppose --
And no one knows which way she went.

To compose a sonata today,
Don’t proceed in the old-fashioned way:
With your toes on the keys,
Bang the floor with your knees:
“Oh how modern!” the critics will say.

I’d rather have Fingers than Toes;
I’d rather have Ears than a Nose;
And as for my Hair,
I’m glad it’s all there:
I’ll be awfully sad, when it goes.

I bought a new Hoover today,
Plugged it in in the usual way,
Switched it on - what a din;
It sucked everything in,
Now I’m homeless with no place to stay.

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