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eNewsletter · July 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

Mexico Beach celebrated our nation’s birthday, and it was great! The weather could not have been better, and we set records on all our events. The day started off with the Sandy Shoes 5K Fun/Run, and we had 430 runners show up to participate in the event. The winners are as follows:


Overall Male:
Coleman Churitch · Brentwood, TN

12 & Under:
Jackson Roberts · Tallahassee, FL

Perry Waddell · Bainbridge, GA

Joe Hulen · Canton, GA

Rodney Wellmann · College Station, TX

Doug Crymes · Mexico Beach, FL


Overall Female:
Kathy Wolski · Knoxville, TN

12 & Under:
Ellie Wolski · Knoxville, TN

Lauryn Davidson · Dacula, GA

Brittany Folsom · Hahira, GA

Shelly Valerio · Atlanta, GA

Lynn Fogel · Stone Mountain, GA

Next it was on to the kids’ fishing tournament where all the young anglers were invited to cast their lines and reel in the big one. We had 114 anglers show up to participate. After the trophies were awarded, all the anglers and their families were treated to a complimentary hot dog lunch.

The Best Blast on the Beach fireworks show was shot off at 8:30 p.m. from the city pier and it was spectacular. This year’s events were great successes, and we would like to thank all those who came out and participated. Also, we would like to thank the Special Events for Mexico Beach committee and all their wonderful volunteers for organizing and putting on the event. We hope you enjoyed the July 4th festivities and will join us again next year!

Top Photo: Visitors from Columbus, Ohio enjoying beautiful Mexico Beach!
Above: Fireworks over the Gulf by Rob Dunalewicz.

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we gave away an entry into the July 4 Sandy Shoes 5K Fun/Run. The lucky winner was James Neely from Cumming, Georgia!

We’re proud of our restaurants here in Mexico Beach, so this month we are giving away two gift certificates—one for Toucan’s and one for Fish House! Two lucky winners will be selected to dine on us! To put your name in the hat, simply e-mail Melissa, and be sure to include your name and contact information. The winners will be announced in the August newsletter.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report


Fishing along the Unforgettable Coast is hot, hot, hot. Gag grouper season is now open: they live in the same areas as the red snapper, so just keep the bait on the bottom and hold on!!! King mackerel are biting all along the buoy line and the “car bodies” reef area. Drifting live bait slowly produces explosions from these speedsters; the fish can jump entirely out of the water. Finish off your trip by taking the cleaned catch to one of our local restaurants and having them cooked “family style.” A fresh Gulf of Mexico dinner is hard to beat!!!

Pictured are Larry Hester, his son Frank, and his nephew Chevy Jones with a nice catch of red snapper and king mackerel.

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

Amy and Matt
This month we were delighted to welcome Matt and Amy, who celebrated their wedding on our beach. Amy is currently serving in the Army and Matt is also about to embark on active duty service. Congratulations, Amy and Matt!


Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Offshore Classic
July 25

Mexico Beach Marina will host 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 day. Then it's time for the fishing to begin. There will be grand prizes 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.

MBARA Kingfish Tournament
August 23

We are getting ready for our 18th Annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament. Expect another great tournament. We have a new Miss Kingfish, new sponsors, a new T-shirt with another beautiful color, and new prizes. There are a lot of changes to the tournament. Be sure to read all the information and rules before you register! This is a ONE-DAY tournament. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Corn Bread Fried Oysters

We thank the MBARA for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

1½ cups yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
¼ cup melted bacon fat or butter
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
3 cups peanut oil, for deep-frying
36 freshly shucked oysters
Lemon wedges, as accompaniment

In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, eggs, milk, bacon fat, baking powder, and salt. Stir until the batter is smooth. In a large saucepan or deep fryer, heat the oil to 375°. Dredge each oyster in the cornmeal batter and fry in batches until golden brown, about 1 minute. Remove the oysters with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Serve with lemon wedges.

Thoughts for the Month

Important historical events that took place in Julys past:

☆ July 20, 1969 – Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.

☆ July 3, 1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state.

☆ July 3, 1890 – President James Garfield was shot.

☆ July 4, 1776 – Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and John Hancock signed it.

☆ July 4, 1872 – Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

☆ July 11, 1804 – Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

☆ July 16, 1790 – The District of Columbia was established.

☆ July 16, 1945 – The first atomic bomb was set off in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

☆ July 19, 1948 – The first women’s rights convention in the U.S. met at Seneca Falls, New York.

☆ July 24, 1897 – American aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly the Atlantic, was born.

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