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eNewsletter · February 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

It’s Gumbo Cook-Off Time!

On Saturday, February 21, we’re having our 17th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off and everyone is invited. Prize-winning chefs will be competing for the “Best Gumbo” and “Best Brunswick Stew” awards. In addition to all this good gumbo and stew, there will be BBQ, sausage dogs, hot dogs, beer, wine, soft drinks, desserts, and much, much more. Live music this year will be performed by Stainless Steel, a crowd favorite. It’s sure to be a great time with great food and great music. We hope you’ll join us—we start serving gumbo at 10 a.m. (CST).

Mexico Beach Florida News

Spring Break

It might be a little chilly for that bikini, but spring break is not too far away. If you haven’t already booked for this year, it’s not too late! Make reservations today with one of our lodging partners—many are offering specials for this time of year. Click here for a list of vacation rental properties and hotels.

And the Winner Is…

Mexico Beach Florida NewsLast month, up for grabs was a gift certificate to Killer Seafood, who have come off their vacation and are back open and ready to serve. The lucky winner is Michael Ott from Scarborough, Maine. Congrats, Michael!!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to 40th Street Pizzeria and Seafood! This is one of our new restaurants, and we want you to enjoy their food. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa and be sure to include your contact information. The lucky winner will be announced in the March 2015 newsletter.

Meet Mexico Beach

Mexico Beach Florida NewsThis month we would like to introduce Mrs. Heather Daube, who recently started work in the utilities department for the City of Mexico Beach. Prior to working at City Hall, Heather was working in the Mexico Beach Police Department as a dispatcher and she was part of the K.I.S.S. Program (Keeping Independent Seniors Safe). Heather has also worked for Tyndall Federal Credit Union. She and her husband moved from West Virginia to Mexico Beach. When you come to City Hall to pay your utility bill, you’ll see Heather, so say “Hello” and welcome her.

Mexico Beach Vow Renewal

Mexico Beach Florida NewsWe’re getting a good response to our upcoming Vow Renewal Ceremony, which will take place on the beach on Saturday, April 18. If you were married in Mexico Beach, you are invited to participate in this free ceremony. It will be on the beach at Sunset Park starting at 4:30 p.m. (CST). A reception will follow at the El Governor Motel. We will have complimentary DVDs for all participants, so you will be able to share with friends and family. We plan on extensive news coverage, and most of our lodging partners have special rates for that weekend. If you were married here, come join us!

To RSVP for the event, click here!

Mexico Beach Florida Visitors Guide

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Snowbird Luncheon
March 5

Calling all Mexico Beach Snowbirds! Come join us as we gather to say thank you for picking Mexico Beach as your winter vacation destination. We hope you will return to Mexico Beach again for your next vacation. This complimentary luncheon is open to all our Mexico Beach winter residents. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsGulf Coast Salute Airshow
April 11–12

Come enjoy this free and exciting patriotic air show to be held at Tyndall Air Force Base just 10 miles east of Mexico Beach. This year’s show, which is highlighted by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, promises to be a diverse and fascinating show for spectators of all ages. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsBeach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon - Spring Race
April 25

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. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Shrimp and Cheese Grits: A Southern Favorite

We thank the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association for this delicious recipe!

5 cups water
3 1/4 cups water
1 cup regular (not instant) grits, uncooked
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, unpeeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (sharp cheddar is best)
Cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce to taste

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and cook the shrimp for 3 to 5 minutes, until pink. Drain and rinse in cold water; peel and devein. Bring 3 1/4 cups water to a boil, add the salt, and stir in the grits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Combine eggs and milk, and gradually stir into grits. Stir in shrimp, garlic, cayenne or Tabasco sauce, and 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon into a lightly buttered 11x7-inch pan, and sprinkle the top with remainder 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association needs your best seafood recipe. They are currently working on the second edition of their famous seafood cookbook. It will be a completely new cookbook. Send your best seafood recipe to Sally Childs, PO Box 13470, Mexico Beach, Florida 32410 or e-mail her. Sally works at Sundance Realty and was one of the authors of the original cookbook. Put your name on the recipe and it will be printed in the new cookbook.

Thoughts for the Month

Thoughts from Mexico Beach Florida Now that football season has concluded, we can share some “wisdom” from well-known football greats:

★ “Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football.” John Heisman

★ “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” Paul “Bear” Bryant / Alabama

★ “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas and Notre Dame

★ “When you win, nothing hurts.” Joe Namath / Alabama

★ “I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” Bob Devaney / Nebraska

★ “In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.” Wally Butts / Georgia

★ “I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms—Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.” Alex Karras / Iowa

★ “Always remember … Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.” Shug Jordan / Auburn

★ “Football is not a contact sport—it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

★ “I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.” Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

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