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eNewsletter · May 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

It’s Springtime—Yippee!!

Spring is in the air and it’s great! Now is the perfect time to make those summer plans to visit the beach. With a number of great places to stay in Mexico Beach, the entire family can enjoy a vacation here. For all our lodging partners and their specials, click here!

We Remember and We Honor

Mexico Beach Florida NewsOn May 25, we will remember, celebrate and honor the men and women who died serving our country. The tradition of this day is to raise the flag to the top of the staff and then solemnly lower the flag to the half-staff position. It remains there until noon, when it’s raised to full staff. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to continue the fight for liberty.

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we had a gift certificate to Mango Marley's up for grabs. The lucky winner is Erica Robinson of McKees Rocks, PA. Congratulations, Erica!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to About Beach. This quaint shop offers a variety of home essentials and unique items for everyday use. 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 June newsletter.

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

Suzanne & Jeff
Our first couple, Suzanne and Jeff, visited us from Tallahassee, FL. Their beach ceremony on April 11 was beautiful and we wish them all the best!

Ginger & Justin
Our next couple was Ginger and Justin, who visited us from Clarksville, FL. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not in the best mood, so plan B had to be put into effect. It was a wonderful wedding, and Justin and Ginger made the most of it! We wish them all the best!

Vow Renewal Ceremony

Mexico Beach Florida NewsWe had our first vow renewal ceremony on April 18 and it was an exciting event. All the couples had been married in Mexico Beach in the past, and they came back to renew their vows—it was wonderful to hear their love stories and reminisce with them. The entire ceremony can be seen on our website. We look forward to hosting and expanding this event next year.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Mexico Beach Florida Fishing Report May

It’s red snapper season again. In state waters, the season opens May 23, 2015, and will end July 12, 2015. For private anglers in federal waters, the season opens June 1, 2015, and will end June 10, 2015, whereas the season will close on July 14 for federally permitted charter boats. For more information and updates to season dates, you can visit the Mexico Beach Marina or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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 EventsGollyWhopper Classic
June 6

“Catch ’em If You Can” at the GollyWhopper Classic to be held in Mexico Beach on Saturday, June 6. Species will include red snapper and king mackerel. There will be a kids division and 100 percent of the entry fees will be paid out to the winners. Captain's Party will be held Friday, June 5 at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Offshore Classic
July 24–25

The 11th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic is reeling in to be the best one yet. With cash prizes up for grabs in the wahoo, dolphin and king mackerel divisions, this will be one tournament you'll want to sign up early for. For two days, anglers will compete for top bragging rights and an optional jackpot is also at stake. Mark your calendar, gear up, fuel up and cast off for the 11th Annual Offshore Classic. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Flounder Rive Gauche

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

4 flounder fillets
¼ cup flour
½ cup butter, divided
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
½ lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, medium dice
Salt and pepper

Coat the fillets with flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Melt ¼ cup of butter and sauté the fillets for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove the fillets from the pan and keep warm in oven. Melt the second ¼ cup of butter and sauté the onion until transparent. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes or until soft. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over the fish and serve at once. Enjoy!

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 Most of us have never heard of a car called the Zastava Koral—at least, not until we’re told its other name: the Yugo. It was built in Yugoslavia and entered the United States as a simple, low-cost car. A total of 141,651 were sold in the US from 1985 to 1992, but only 1,412 were sold in 1992. The car didn’t find a lot of support in the US, but it was the subject of considerable “Yugo humor.” We would like to share some of that with you!

★ Yugos have defrosters in the back window to keep your hands warm while you push.

★ If you want to double the value of your Yugo, simply fill the gas tank.

★ On pages 6 and 7 of the Yugo owner’s manual was a bus schedule.

★ A Yugo doesn’t get bugs on its windshield—they’re all on the windshield of the tow truck.

★ A Yugo owner went into a parts store and said he wanted a gas cap for his car. The parts store manager said, “That sounds like a fair trade to me.”

★ The difference between a Yugo and a golf ball is that you can drive a golf ball 250 yards.

★ If you are trading in the Yugo for another car, one way to increase its value is to put a gallon of milk in the backseat.

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