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eNewsletter · November 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

Giving Thanks

We all truly have a lot to be thankful for. The month of November allows us to show our appreciation and officially give thanks for all our blessings. Two very special days are celebrated in November: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. We are forever grateful to those men and women who gave all they had to make us free and secure in America. We would like to give thanks to all our veterans and wish all our friends a very happy Thanksgiving. We have a special “thank you” this month to Jacob Kranz of the Flagpole Solutions Company. While staying at the El Governor Motel, Jacob provided complimentary flagpoles on the beach proudly displaying American and military flags, as shown in the photo above.

Mexico Beach Fishing Report

Mexico Beach Florida Fishing Report November

The weather is cooling down, but the fishing is still hot! Flounder and sea trout are biting in the canal and along the jetty channel. Expect to reel in whiting from the beaches and huge red fish along the shore structure. Farther out, the gag grouper and triggerfish are biting along the Car Body sites and other MBARA reefs. 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

And the Winner Is…

The Fish House RestaurantLast month, we had a gift certificate from Graba Java Internet Café up for grabs. The lucky winner is Nancy Shaver from Woodbury, MN. Congratulations, Nancy!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to one of the oldest businesses here in Mexico Beach, the Shell Shack. They have been serving Mexico Beach fresh seafood as well as souvenirs, seashells and trinkets since 1965. 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

It may or may not come as a surprise to you but, after the month of June, October is the second most popular month to say “I do.” We want to share four couples who said their vows on our beautiful sandy shores this past month. For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit

Brandon and Kelly Debra & James
Our first wedding was Debra and James, who came to Mexico Beach from Danville, Indiana. Their beach wedding was spectacular and we send heartfelt congratulations to Debra and James!

Chris and Christina Jeff & Cindy
Our second wedding for October was another Indiana couple! Jeff and Cindy ventured down from Princeton, Indiana, to tie the knot. Their romantic beach wedding was beautiful and we want to wish them all the best. Congratulations, Jeff and Cindy!

Brandon and Kelly Sonya & Mark
The third couple to say “I do” was Sonya and Mark. They traveled from Henry County, Georgia, and had a blissful sunset wedding. Congratulations to Sonya and Mark on tying the knot!

Chris and Christina Chad & Felicia
Our final couple also ventured down from Georgia. Chad and Felicia came from Bainbridge, Georgia, to celebrate their nuptials in a sunset wedding. It was very memorable and we wish them all the best. Congratulations, Chad and Felicia!

Mexico Beach Florida Visitors Guide

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Florida EventsSixth Annual JSL Chili Cookoff
November 14

Come enjoy a day of chili and fun! The Junior Service League is hosting their Sixth Annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday, November 14. There will be plenty of chili to sample along with cold beverages, live music and a Family Bazaar. Bring the family out to Marina Cove and help support the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe! For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Turkey Trot
November 26

Start Thanksgiving Day off by running your way to the dinner table! The Mexico Beach Community Garden presents the annual Turkey Trot. This run on Thanksgiving Day gives families and friends a great chance to get out and be active prior to the traditional Thanksgiving feast. All ages are welcome and all entries receive a T-shirt. Sign up now and enjoy spending Thanksgiving in Mexico Beach. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsLicense-Free Saltwater Fishing Day
November 28

Come enjoy saltwater fishing in Mexico Beach for free! Fish from the shore or off the public pier, or charter a boat and catch multiple big ones. This is a wonderful opportunity for experienced anglers to share their skills and passion for fishing with friends and family. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting
December 6

Come celebrate Christmas on the beach! The Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held at Sunset Park beginning at 6:00 p.m., will feature Santa, refreshments, carols and much more! For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsNew Year's Eve Celebrate Twice
December 31, 2015-January 01, 2016

No need to wait another twelve months for the next New Year. Ring in the New Year twice! Start in the Eastern Time Zone in Port St. Joe and St. Joe Beach, then travel west just five minutes to Mexico Beach and celebrate all over again an hour later in the Central Time Zone! For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Shrimp Casserole

This is a simple, fast and delicious recipe we think you will enjoy! We thank the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association for this delicious recipe!

2 pounds fresh shrimp, boiled and peeled
1 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 (10 ½ ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (6 ounce) can French-fried onion rings
2 cups grated cheese
1 onion, chopped

Mix all ingredients, except onion rings. Put in casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Take out of oven and garnish the top with onion rings. Place casserole back in oven until onion rings are browned. Serve hot and enjoy!

Thoughts for the Month

Thoughts from Mexico Beach Florida

What others have said about Thanksgiving:

✯ May your stuffing be tasty,
may your turkey plump,
may your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs! —Grandpa Jones

✯ Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence. —Erma Bombeck

✯ What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? —Erma Bombeck

✯ Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty. —Michael Dresser

✯ Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey—until Thanksgiving. —Mike Connolly

✯ The thing I’m most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands. —Author Unknown

✯ It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. —Alistair Cooke

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