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eNewsletter · July 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

Happy Birthday, America!

Mexico Beach celebrated our national birthday and it was quite a celebration. We began the day with the annual Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run and had over 400 participants! For a list of winners, click here. Once the race concluded, it was off to the free Kids’ Fishing Tournament, where just over 90 young anglers tested their skills to see if they could catch the big one. The day was topped off with the giant fireworks display shot from the pier. The great quote from Jan Struther comes to mind: “In childhood the daylight always fails too soon—except when there are going to be fireworks; and then the sun dawdles intolerably on the threshold like a tedious guest.”

And the Winner Is…

The Fish House RestaurantLast month, we had a gift certificate to Frost Pottery Garden & Gift Shop up for grabs. The lucky winner is Gene Hein from Macedon, NY. Congratulations, Gene!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to the Fish House Restaurant, a local favorite restaurant here in Mexico Beach that’s known for its popcorn shrimp basket and friendly staff. 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.

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

Brandon and Kelly Brandon & Kelly
Brandon and Kelly came all the way from Ohio to tie the knot on our beach—and to get this wonderful picture on our big chair. Congratulations to Brandon and Kelly!

Chris and Christina Chris & Christina
Christopher and Christina visited us in June from Louisville, Kentucky, for a touching beach wedding. Congratulations to Chris and Christina!

Jason and Christina Jason & Christina
Jason and Christina came to the beach from Cullman, Alabama, to have a romantic beach wedding—and they did. Congratulations to Jason and Christina!

Fishing in Mexico Beach

FishingFishing is H-O-T!! Red snapper continues to be a great catch—just keep the bait on the bottom and hold on. King mackerel are biting all along the buoy line and the “Car Bodies” reef areas. Fishing from the pier, canal and shore have been promising with catches of flounder, pompano, whiting and trout. Be sure to stock up on tackle and sunscreen.

Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Cook Book

CookbookDo you love to cook? Do you have a great seafood-inspired recipe that you’d love to share? Well, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association would love to have it. The MBARA is currently working on the second edition of their famous seafood cookbook and would love to share your recipe. It will be a completely new cookbook full of great tips and delicious recipes that will have you making up reasons to cook. If you would like to submit your best seafood recipe, please send it to Sally Childs, PO Box 13470, Mexico Beach, Florida 32410, or e-mail her.

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 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.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMBARA Kingfish Tournament
August 29

Gear up and get ready to chase the kingfish! The 19th Annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament is expected to be the best yet with cash prizes, a new T-shirt, Miss Kingfish and lots more! Make plans today to spend the weekend in Mexico Beach and enjoy the Kingfish Tournament. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Simple Shrimp Au Gratin

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

1 small onion, diced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups milk
1 pound cooked shrimp
1 small can pimento, diced
1 cup grated cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onion in butter in saucepan until soft. Blend in flour, add milk, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened. Add shrimp, pimento, salt, pepper and cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Place mixture in greased casserole, cover with croutons and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serves 6.

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

We owe our freedom to many people, so we thought you might like to read a few selected quotes about freedom.

✯ We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs, but to secure liberty for their souls. —Robert J. McCracken

✯ The United States is the only country with a known birthday. —James G. Blaine

✯ My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessing they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! —Thomas Jefferson

✯ What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between “freedom to” and “freedom from.” —Marilyn vos Savant

✯ How often we fail to realize our good fortune is living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. —Paul Sweeney

✯ And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me… —Lee Greenwood

✯ From every mountainside, Let freedom ring! —Samuel Francis Smith, “America”

✯ There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. —Bill Clinton

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