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eNewsletter · August 2014

It’s Summertime at the Beach and the Living Is Easy!

August means it is time for school to start again, but just know that the beach is always here! We hope your family can come back often and continue to enjoy it. The sunsets get better every day!

Meet Mexico Beach

The Mexico Beach Welcome Center operates day to day providing visitors with information and assistance on where to go and what to see and do. These services could not be met if it were not for the wonderful volunteers and staff. One of our longtime volunteers, Mrs. Ruth McLaughlin, will be leaving the Welcome Center at the end of the month to move closer to her family in Maryland. In 1994, Mrs. Ruth and her husband, Dick, moved to Mexico Beach where they met MBCDC director J. Patrick and began volunteering at the Welcome Center. Mrs. Ruth has welcomed visitors, answered their questions, and supplied them with all the information they needed. The Mexico Beach Welcome Center will have a void once she leaves. We appreciate all that Mrs. Ruth has done for us over the years and wish her all the best. We hope she will come and visit us often.

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we had gift certificates up for grabs—one for Toucan’s and one for Fish House. The two lucky winners are Leah Hall (Fish House certificate) from Owensboro, Kentucky, and Jackie Beitler (Toucan’s certificate) from Ponca City, Oklahoma.

This month we have decided to give away a Mexico Beach beach towel and sunscreen to use on our white sandy beaches. To put your name in the hat, e-mail Melissa, and the lucky winner will be announced in the September newsletter.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report


King mackerel and cobia are the hot bites in August. The kings are running larger than normal and can be caught on dead or live bait. Take some time to catch live bait with a sabiki rig along the buoy line into St. Joe Bay, and then put them right back out on light spinning gear with a wire leader and treble hooks and bump troll around the same buoys. Just go fast enough to keep the baits behind the boat and get ready for some fast action. Look up any of the MBARA reefs in 50–60 feet of water. Remember to save one for the 18th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament on August 23. Registration is still open!

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

Jessie and Eric
This month, Jessie and Eric chose Mexico Beach for their beach wedding. They came from the Kissimmee area. The wedding was wonderful and everyone enjoyed themselves. Congratulations, Jessie and Eric!

Julie and Ronnie
This month we were delighted to meet Julie and Ronnie, who came from Suwannee, Florida, to have their wedding on the beach. It was a beautiful ceremony on the beach. Congratulations to Julie and Ronnie!


Mark Your Calendars

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.

September Music in the Park
Every Thursday

Come enjoy the sounds of great music while watching the sunset in Sunset Park. With a new lineup every Thursday in September, the entire family will enjoy this complimentary concert series. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. (CDT) at Sunset Park, located on Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. Don’t forget your blankets, chairs and coolers. For more information, click here.

  • September 4: Heat and The Zydeco Gents
  • September 11: The Boyer Band
  • September 18: Bo Spring Band
  • September 25: Konkrete Soul

18th Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival
September 12–13

Make plans now to attend this year’s event along beautiful St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe, Florida. Featuring arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits, our popular kids’ zone and many great food vendors that showcase scallops and more. The entire family will enjoy a great time throughout comfortable George Core Park around the pond and under the shade. For more information, click here.

Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon – Fall Race
September 13

Athletes from all over the world travel to Veteran’s Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach to run, bike, and swim in this USA Triathlon–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. Following the race, athletes and their friends and family celebrate the accomplishments of the day with great food at Veteran’s Memorial Park. For more information, click here.

16th Annual Art & Wine Festival
October 11

The 16th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival will be held at the Driftwood Inn and will feature fine wines, a live auction, musical entertainment and, naturally, great art. We hope you will join us. This event is put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach to raise funds for the July 4th fireworks show. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Citrus-Baked Mackerel

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

2 pounds mackerel steaks, cut ¾” thick
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. butter
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. grated orange peel
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ cup frozen concentrated orange juice
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Rinse mackerel in cold water and pat dry using paper towels. Arrange mackerel in a 9x13-inch ovenproof baking dish. Preheat oven to 400°. In a frying pan, add butter, onion, and garlic and sauté until translucent. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, orange peel, salt, and pepper. Spread mixture over mackerel steaks. In a small bowl, mix together orange juice and lemon juice. Sprinkle juice over steaks, but be careful not to wash away the onion/garlic mixture. Bake fish in oven for 20–22 minutes, turning over after about 10 minutes of cooking time. Continue cooking until time expires or until fish flakes easily with fork. Do not overcook fish. Spoon hot juices over fish and serve at once.

Thoughts for the Month

This is a sampling of guesses from people who were asked to name the third biggest lie after “The check is in the mail” and “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”

What is the “third” biggest lie in the world?

“It’s a good thing you came in today; we only have two more in stock.”

“You made it yourself? I never would have guessed.”

“You don’t look a day over 40.”

“Five pounds is nothing on a person your height.”

“Dad, I need to move out of the dorm into an apartment of my own so I can have some peace and quiet when I study.”

“It’s delicious, but I can’t eat another bite.”

“The new ownership won’t affect you; the company will remain the same.”

“The puppy won’t be any trouble, Mom. I promise I’ll take care of it myself.”

“Your hair looks just fine.”

“Put away the map. I know exactly how to get there.”

“You don’t need it in writing; you have my personal guarantee.”

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