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eNewsletter · April 2014

Spring has Sprung!

Well, spring has sprung and we’re at the tail end of spring break. The beaches are beautiful, the water is sparkling, and the weather is delightful! Come join us! The one unfortunate thing about this time of year is that our winter visitors must leave us to go back home. We always enjoy them and look forward to their return later this year. Drive safely and we will see you again soon!

Farewell Parker House

Visitors have grown accustomed to seeing what's been referred to as the Parker House. This Mexico Beach landmark was built by founder Charlie Parker. The City of Mexico Beach purchased the property a few years back to use as the new city hall. Unfortunately, it caught fire before it could be occupied. This past week the burned house was demolished. The Parker family is still a big part of Mexico Beach, and we thank them for their years of dedication to our community.

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we gave away a basket of cheer that included a Mexico Beach T-shirt, Mexico Beach coffee mugs, and bag of coffee. The lucky winner was Lisa Robertson from Brandon, MS. We want to thank all our readers for putting their names in the hat. Congratulations, Lisa!

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

April means pompano from the beaches and, of course, cobia or ling from the Gulf waters. The annual Mexico Beach John Thompson Memorial Ling Ding runs over three weekends in April and brings big excitement and big fish to the Mexico Beach Marina on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons for the weigh-ins. Flounder will also make their return to the canal this month, so grab your fishing gear and get busy enjoying the Unforgettable Coast.

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

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

Cathy & Mike
In March, we celebrated with Cathy and Mike Jones when they visited us from Indiana. They were married on our beautiful beach and the sunset was perfect. Congratulations, Cathy and Mike!


Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Photography Contest
April 1–July 30
The Mexico Beach CDC, Inc. will sponsor the 14th Annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest. Photographs must be taken within the city limits of Mexico Beach, FL. Photos may be either black and white or color. The MBCDC will be accepting submissions from April 1 until July 30.

Ling Ding Fishing Tournament
April 4–20
It’s time again for the Ling Ding. The Ling Ding Tournament is back, and the 2014 tournament will benefit the John Thompson Memorial. Anglers will be trying to reel in the biggest ling (cobia) for an overall cash prize of $2,000. With the Captain’s Party kicking off the tournament on April 3 and the weigh-in party on April 20 at the Mexico Beach Marina.

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. Click here for more information.

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.

Recipe of the Month

Caribbean Coconut Shrimp
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 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Frying oil (enough for deep frying)

¾ cup flour
1 egg
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ cup of beer

¼ cup flour
1 ½ cups dried grated coconut
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon ground black pepper
½ tablespoon cayenne (or ground chilies)
½ tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano

Mix all batter ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix all coating ingredients together. Dip shrimp individually into the batter and then roll in the coating. Deep fry. Allow to drain on paper towel. Serve with various dips such as honey, soy sauce, Tabasco, honey mustard, or marmalade and ginger.

Thoughts for the Month

  • Housework can’t kill you but why take the chance?
  • Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
  • A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
  • The best way to get rid of kitchen odors? Eat out!
  • I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.
  • Any time New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.
  • You know you’re old if your walker has an airbag.
  • My photographs don’t do me justice—they just look like me.
  • Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle—keep away from children.
  • The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing.

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