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eNewsletter · June 2014

Best Blast on the Beach Just Weeks Away!

July is just a few weeks away and, once again, we will have our Best Blast on the Beach here in Mexico Beach on July 4th. The celebration starts with our annual 5K Sandy Shoes Fun Run. The race starts at 7 a.m. at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street—just a few blocks from Highway 98. Register now at

Our second event of the day is the Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Canal Park from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. All anglers ages 2–14 are invited to participate in this free tournament. We will be serving free hot dogs, snacks, and beverages to all fishermen and their parents. Trophies and awards will be presented to the winners at the end of the tournament.

And, at 8:30 p.m., we will have our spectacular fireworks show from the pier. This is a not-to-be-missed event for everyone—both young and old.

All times are listed in central daylight time (CDT). For more event details, visit

Meet Mexico Beach

This month, we want to introduce a new business that has come to Mexico Beach: High Tide Beach Service. High Tide Beach Service has set up shop, and they are ready to help make your trip to the beach more relaxing. They offer chair and umbrella service seven days a week. They will come and set up your chairs and umbrellas wherever you are and will bring them back daily if you are staying more than one day. Friendly staff and fast service, not to mention comfortable chairs! So, beat the heat and rest your legs with a rental from these guys! Give them a call at (850) 665-0270 and let them take care of your chair and umbrella needs.

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we decided to give away an autographed copy of the Images of America book, Mexico Beach, and a Mexico Beach shopping tote. The lucky winner was Chief Master Sergeant John Gibbons from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Congratulations, CMSgt. Gibbons! This month, we will be giving away one entry into the July 4 Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run. This includes your race registration fee and a T-shirt! To put your name in the hat, simply e-mail Melissa and be sure to include your name and contact information. The winner will be announced in the July newsletter.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report


Fishermen along the Unforgettable Coast® are seeing red—red snapper, that is. The bottom of the Gulf of Mexico just offshore Mexico Beach has been brought to life over the last 17 years with artificial reefs that hold red snapper, and lots of big ones. Reef areas as close as five miles from the canal are accessible to almost any size boat and the reefs are public numbers. This year the red snapper season in Florida state waters, which extend nine miles out from the nearest land, is 54 days, lasting until July 14. Pictured is Jeff Isley of Columbia, South Carolina, with a snapper taken aboard FloriDaze Adventures. Jeff and Susan have taken week-long snapper fishing vacations in Mexico Beach for the last four years.

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

Victoria and William
Victoria and William came from Middle Tennessee along with beautiful Taylor to have their wedding celebrated on our beach. It was a beautiful ceremony. Congratulations, Victoria and William!

Angie and Joe
Angie and Joe came from Georgia to celebrate their wedding on the beach. After a beautiful rainbow for the rehearsal dinner, we kept our fingers crossed when it was raining on their wedding day. But, the sun came out and it was a beautiful ceremony. Congratulations, Angie and Joe!

Catherine and Brandon
Catherine and Brandon came all the way from Louisiana to celebrate their wedding on our beach. It was a beautiful sunset wedding and a wonderful event. Congratulations, Catherine and Brandon!


Mark Your Calendars

Best Blast on the Beach
July 4

Mexico Beach Independence Day Celebration with a 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Fishing Tournament, and a spectacular fireworks show. Come enjoy July 4th at the beach with great activities for everyone! For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Offshore Classic
July 25

Mexico Beach Marina hosts its 10th annual Offshore Classic, and this year it’s fish on! With two days to fish for the big one, anglers will fight it out to prove they have what it takes. The Captain’s Party will take place on Thursday night (time and location to be posted at a later date). Then it’s time for the fishing to begin. Grand prizes will be awarded in wahoo, kingfish and mackerel categories, as well as an optional jackpot. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Photography Contest
Through July 30

The 14th Annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest is under way. Submissions can be sent to the MBCDC now until July 30. All photographs must be taken within the City Limits of Mexico Beach, FL. Photos may be either black and white or color. They may be shot with a digital camera, but they cannot be digitally enhanced. Submissions must be received at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center by 3 p.m. (CDT) on July 30, 2014. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Baked Stuffed Snapper

It’s snapper season, so let’s take a look at a delicious way to prepare them. We thank the MBARA for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

1 red snapper
2 cups hot cooked rice
1 can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. margarine (or butter) melted
1/2 cup diced water chestnuts
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup diced pimento
1 tbsp. shredded lemon peel
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean and butterfly fish. Combine rice, mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, pimento, parsley, lemon peel, salt, and pepper and toss lightly. Fill cavity of fish with rice mixture. Close with wooden toothpicks that have been soaked in water. Place fish in greased 13” x 9” baking pan or dish. Wrap any remaining rice in foil and bake in oven with fish. Bake 18–20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serves four.

Thoughts for the Month

Here are some interesting and little-known facts about our nation’s birthday:

☆ Three presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. Adams and Jefferson died in the same year, 1826.

☆ Calvin Coolidge, the 39th president, was born on July 4, 1873.

☆ The number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth was only two. Most of the others signed the document on August 2. The last signer was Thomas McKean in January of 1777; he was later the governor of Pennsylvania.

☆ The oldest signer of the declaration was Ben Franklin; he was 70. The youngest was Edward Rutledge at 26; he later became the governor of South Carolina.

☆ In 1870, it became an unpaid federal holiday and in 1938, Congress passed a bill to make it a paid holiday.

☆ President Dwight Eisenhower was well known for playing golf every Independence Day.

☆ Jackie Kennedy was known for wearing a bejeweled American flag in her lapel every Independence Day.

☆ Lou Gehrig appeared in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, and gave his retirement speech, calling himself “the luckiest man on earth.”

☆ On July 4, 2004, the cornerstone for the Freedom Tower was laid in New York City on the site of the former World Trade Center.

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