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eNewsletter · September 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

The End of Summer

We’re at the end of our summer season, and it has been a great one! We want to thank all our friends and visitors for spending some time with us this year. We made new friends and look forward to seeing everyone again soon. Please keep us in mind when you want to spend quiet, quality time at the beach. Our lodging partners are offering fall rates and weekend specials. For more details and to find that perfect getaway, click here.

Another Great Tournament

CookbookOn August 29, our good friends at the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association hosted the 19th Annual Kingfish Tournament. Cash prizes totaling $8,725 were paid out. There were a total of 154 boats registered from various areas across the South. The overall winner in the recreational division was Easy E, and Aquatic Adventures won in the professional division. A complete list of winners and pictures from the tournament can be found here.

And the Winner Is…

The Fish House RestaurantLast month, we had a gift certificate to LaRobe Boutique up for grabs. The lucky winner is Meredith H. from Arlington, TX. Congratulations, Meredith!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Killer Seafood. Killer Seafood is known for their great fish tacos, laid-back atmosphere and good times. 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.

Meet Mexico Beach

CookbookThis month, we want to introduce you to a new restaurant in Mexico Beach—Tully’s Bar & Grill! Located on Highway 98 (behind Parker Realty), the restaurant offers Southern cooking at its best. A full breakfast menu is offered from 7 a.m. till noon and dinner is served from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. Come start your day with a hot breakfast or unwind your day with a great dinner and drinks.

Photography Contest Winners

The Fish House RestaurantThe 2015 Mexico Beach Photography Contest closed at the end of July, and we have the list of winners! We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s contest. We received over 265 photographs and the judges certainly had a challenge in selecting the winners. The winning photographs will be on display at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center and all other photographs will be available to view until September 2016. All photographers may pick up their images after October 1, 2016. No photographs will be mailed back. The pictures will be available until December 1, 2016; any photographs not picked up by this date will be released to the Mexico Beach Welcome Center and disposed of at their discretion. Again, we want to thank everyone for participating and entering. We hope each of you will continue to capture Mexico Beach through your eyes and enter next year. For a complete list of winners, click here!

Mexico Beach Florida Visitors Guide

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Florida EventsSeptember Music in the Park
September 3–24

Come enjoy great music while watching the sunset in Sunset Park. With a new lineup every Thursday in September, the entire family will enjoy this complimentary concert series. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. at Sunset Park, located on Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. The Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hamburgers and hot dogs. Of course, a donation to the fire department will be appreciated and welcome.
Don't forget your blankets, chairs and coolers!

Mexico Beach Florida EventsBay Scallop Season
Now to September 24

There is still plenty of time for you to enjoy the best treasure hunt happening in St. Joseph Bay—Scallop Season! Scalloping is a fun activity that the entire family can enjoy. Catching them is easy, cleaning them a little harder and feasting on them simply delicious.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsBeach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon – Fall Race
September 12

Athletes converge at the beach to run, bike and swim in this USA Triathlon–sanctioned event starting at Veteran's Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach. The course skirts the beaches and the pine forests of the coast. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Art & Wine Festival
October – CANCELED

We regret to report that this year’s festival has been canceled. The Special Events for Mexico Beach, the committee that handles the event, has decided to take a break and will not host a 2015 Art & Wine Festival. The committee is focused on reviewing all aspects of the event. We will report any updates as soon as it becomes available.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Coconut Fried Shrimp

This is a very easy and tasty dish we’re sure you’ll enjoy! We thank the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association for this delicious recipe!

1 pound medium fresh shrimp
1 tablespoon sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup biscuit mix
¾ cup beer
2 ½ cups flaked coconut
Vegetable oil

Orange-lime dipping sauce:
1 cup orange marmalade
Juice of one lime
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails intact (devein if desired) and set shrimp aside. Combine the biscuit mix, sugar and beer, stirring until smooth; set mixture aside. Coat the shrimp with flour; dip into beer mixture and allow excess to drain. Gently roll coated shrimp in flaked coconut. Pour vegetable oil to a depth of 3 inches in large sauce pan; heat to 350 degrees. Cook shrimp, a few at a time, 1–2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with orange-lime dipping sauce.

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

Getting to be a senior citizen is an honor not everyone enjoys. But it has its humorous moments—here are a few thoughts:

✯ If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

✯ A whale swims all day, only eats fish, and drinks water, but it’s still fat.

✯ I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

✯ If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?

✯ It was a whole lot easier to get older than it was to get wiser.

✯ The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

✯ I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them.

✯ Kids in the backseat cause accidents. Accidents in the backseat cause kids.

✯ The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.

✯ If I was supposed to be able to touch my toes, they would have been on my knees.

✯ When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.

✯ These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter: I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m “here after.”

✯ Funny, I don’t remember being absentminded.

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