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eNewsletter · April 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

It’s Springtime—Yippee!

Spring has come to Mexico Beach and we are celebrating. Our beaches are beautiful, the water is sparkling pure, and the weather is delightful. Come join us!

Vow Renewal Ceremony

Mexico Beach Florida NewsWe are getting a good response to our upcoming vow renewal ceremony. If you were married in Mexico Beach, you are invited to participate in this free ceremony. It will take place on the beach at Sunset Park on April 18 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. There will be a complimentary reception following the ceremony. For participating in the event, each couple will receive a complimentary DVD of the event as well as a special memento to mark the occasion. Be sure to RSVP to the event—we don’t want anyone missing out on special details!

To RSVP for the event, click here!

And the Winner Is…

Mexico Beach Florida NewsLast month, up for grabs was a gift certificate to Caribbean Coffee. The lucky winner is Kym Buttschardt from Ogden, Utah. Congrats, Kym!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Mango Marley’s, a great place for wings, burgers, and fellowship. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa and be sure to put your contact information in the e-mail. The lucky winner will be announced in the May newsletter.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Mexico Beach Florida Fishing Report April

April means catching pompano from the beaches, and cobia (or ling) from the Gulf waters. The annual Mexico Beach John Thompson Memorial Ling Ding Tournament kicks off in April and brings big excitement and big fish to the Mexico Beach Marina on weekend afternoons for weigh-ins. Flounder will also make their return to the canal this month, so grab your fishing gear and enjoy local fishing.

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

Mexico Beach Florida Visitors Guide

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Photography Contest
April 1–July 30

The 15th Annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest began April 1 and runs through July 30. Get ready to submit your favorite images that you’ve captured in Mexico Beach. A panel of judges will award a first, second, and third place in each of the six categories. Photographs must be taken in Mexico Beach; however, they do not have to be taken within a specific time frame. So, go ahead and process that old disposable camera, go through the memory card on your digital camera, and submit your best pictures! 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 west 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.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsLing Ding Fishing Tournament
April 17–May 3

It’s time again for the Ling Ding. The 2015 John Thompson Memorial Ling Ding Tournament is back, and this year’s tournament will benefit the MBARA and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). Anglers will try and reel in the biggest ling (cobia) with a $2,000 overall cash prize. The Captain’s Party will be kicking off the tournament on April 16 and the weigh-in party will be held on May 3 at the Mexico Beach Marina. This is one tournament you won’t want to miss! For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsPlein Air
May 1–11

This is a plein air event like no other! Nationally recognized plein air artists come to capture the allure of Florida’s Forgotten Coast in this 10-day paint-out event. With over five exhibits, daily art demonstrations, and much more, you will be able to see how the beauty of our area is captured by these talented artists. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Baked Flounder Mozzarella

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

1 pound flounder fillets
1 small tomato, sliced
4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Butter a large baking dish. Rinse fish and pat dry. Arrange fish in a single layer in dish, sprinkle with cheese, and layer with tomato. Dust with oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done. Fish should flake easily with a fork. Do not overcook. Spoon hot juices over fish and serve at once.

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 Golf Wisdom! With the Masters Golf Tournament being held this month, we thought we would share some golf “wisdom” with you.

★ The problem with his golf game is that he stands too close to the ball—after he hits it.

★ His golf game is so bad he had to have his ball retriever regripped.

★ The higher your golf partner’s handicap, the more likely he is to try to tell you what’s wrong with your swing.

★ A good golf partner is one who’s always a little bit worse than you are.

★ Golf is what you play when you’re too out of shape to play softball.

★ The only problem with golf is that the slow groups are always in front of you and the fast groups are always behind you.

★ I once played a golf course that was so difficult I lost two balls in the ball washer!

★ The game is called “golf” because the other four-letter words were already taken.

★ When it comes to putters, try before you buy. Never buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it.

★ A golfer who says he never cheats is also a liar.

★ If you think it’s hard to meet new people, pick up the wrong ball on a golf course.

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