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eNewsletter · June 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

Vacation in Mexico Beach!

The weather is beautiful, the water is cool, and it’s a great time to bring the entire family to vacation in Mexico Beach. Our little town is up and at it early in the morning with families hitting the beach and fishermen hitting the water. It’s a great time to be in Mexico Beach, so come join us! For all our lodging partners and their specials, click here!

Best Blast on the Beach

Mexico Beach Florida NewsOur annual July 4th celebration is almost upon us. The celebration starts with our annual Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run at Under the Palms Park at 7:00 a.m. Registration is now open and more information can be found on the Mexico Beach website.

After the fun run, it’s time for our second event—the Kids’ Fishing Tournament. All young anglers, ages 2–14, are invited to participate in this free tournament from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. at the Canal Park. We had several hundred kids last year and it was a great family event. As usual, we’ll be serving free hot dogs, snacks and beverages to the young anglers and their parents. A tournament wouldn’t be complete without trophies for the winners and ribbons for all the anglers.

And, to top off our celebration, we will have a spectacular fireworks show—the Best Blast on the Beach—which will be shot off from the City Pier at 8:30 p.m. This is a must-see for everyone, and the show can be seen from everywhere in Mexico Beach.

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we had a gift certificate to About Beach up for grabs. The lucky winner is Jamie Conn from Carterville, IL. Congratulations, Jamie!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Frost Pottery Garden and Gift Shop. A colorful outdoor oasis that is open year-round, Frost Pottery offers unique pottery and gifts from around the world. 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 July newsletter.

Weddings in Mexico Beach

Mexico Beach is the perfect place to say “I Do”! For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit

Adriana & Zenith
This month Adriana and Zenith came to our beach from Middle Georgia to celebrate their wedding. It was a beautiful beach wedding that took place at sunset. We offer heartfelt congratulations to Adriana and Zenith.

Red Snapper Season

It’s red snapper season again. In state waters, the season opened May 23, 2015, and will end July 12, 2015. In federal waters, the season opened June 1, 2015, and will end June 11, 2015. For more information and any season updates, you can visit the Mexico Beach Marina’s website or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Mexico Beach Florida Fishing Report June

Just a reminder to all our friends: not all fishing has to be done from a boat. Some of our best anglers fish off the shore and from the City Pier. Also, there is great fishing to be done via diving. Thanks to the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA), we have over 160 reefs below the surface, all attracting wonderful schools of fish. Avid divers can enjoy just looking at the fish or catching them. Carol Cox and Brian Higdon managed to bag this nice Gulf flounder and this red snapper in the Tower Site area. 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 EventsBest Blast on the Beach
July 4

Mexico Beach celebrates Independence Day with the Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run, the Kids’ Fishing Tournament, and a spectacular fire-works show. Come enjoy July 4th at the beach with great activities for everyone! 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.

Greek Red Snapper

Florida Seafood Recipes

Greek Red Snapper

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

1 ½ to 2 pounds red snapper
2 cloves garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 cup pitted black olives
1 box cherry tomatoes
¼ to ½ pound feta cheese
Mayonnaise or olive oil

Coat fish lightly with mayonnaise or olive oil and lay in a shallow baking dish. Put in a 350 degree oven to bake. While fish is cooking, sauté onion until translucent, then add garlic, tomatoes, and olives and cook until tomatoes collapse. Just before fish is done, top with crumbled feta and cook until cheese softens/melts. Top with veggies, serve and 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

Our firefighters have heavy responsibilities, which they take seriously. But, they also have a sense of humor. Here are a few of Murphy’s Laws that every firefighter knows—and they can be applied to other lines of work as well.

✯ If it’s a stupid idea that works, it’s not stupid.

✯ A fire that is moving toward you and due in about an hour will arrive in 30 minutes.

✯ When the Fire Commissioner calls, the fire is always under control.

✯ Portable radio batteries will fail at the precise moment you need help.

✯ You will always have more fire than you have water.

✯ Success forgives all sins.

✯ Your biggest save will have no witnesses.

✯ Your biggest mistake will have hundreds of witnesses.

✯ The person who contributes least to the firefighting efforts will be the only one interviewed on the six o’clock news.

✯ No matter how bad things get, it will look much worse on TV.

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