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Happy New year!

On Saturday, February 20, the 18th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off took place and it was quite an event. We estimate that there were over 2,000 gumbo lovers who joined us for this top-notch cook-off.

1st Place Restaurant – Gumbo: Sharon’s Cafe, Mexico Beach, FL
2nd Place Restaurant – Gumbo: Shipwreck Raw Bar, Port St. Joe, FL
3rd Place Restaurant – Gumbo: Mango Marley’s, Mexico Beach, FL

1st Place Amateur – Gumbo: Tiger Dawg Gumbo Kings, Atlanta, GA
2nd Place Amateur – Gumbo: Sullivan Roux, Jackson, GA
3rd Place Amateur – Gumbo: Camp Creek Cookers, Nashville, GA

1st Place Brunswick Stew: El Go Mingo, Mexico Beach, FL
2nd Place Brunswick Stew: Our Home at Beacon Hill, Port St. Joe, FL
3rd Place Brunswick Stew: Biker Brew Crew, Port St. Joe, FL

Best of all, the proceeds go toward the annual Best Blast on the Beach July 4th Celebration. Thanks to all those who came and supported this great fund-raiser. Be sure to join us on July 4th to enjoy the fireworks show that you helped support!

And the Winner Is...


Our annual Snowbird Luncheon took place on the pool deck of the El Governor Motel. The weather was excellent and we had a wonderful turnout. We always look forward to seeing our winter friends. We were delighted to serve them lunch and wish them safe travels on their way back north.

And the Winner Is...


Last month, we were giving away a $75 gift certificate off any reservation and two coffee mugs from Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals, and the winner is Pat Hoenninger of Durango, Colorado. Congrats, Pat!

This month we are featuring Lookout Lounge and giving away a gift certificate for $25. Lookout Lounge is just steps from the Gulf of Mexico and allows you to unwind and sip your cold beer or cocktail while sitting back on the deck and listening to live music as the sun goes down. If you would like to put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa at [email protected] and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.



Spring fishing has something for everyone—pompano off the beach, Spanish mackerel from the pier, or Cobia hunting with a guide. Also, this year we have May weekends for the delicious red snapper. All you need to do is show up with the right bait and dinner should be along shortly.

And the Winner Is...


Come renew your I Do's in Mexico Beach! On Saturday, April 16, we will be hosting our second vow renewal ceremony. This year, we are opening the ceremony up to all married couples. The event will take place at Sunset Park and a complimentary reception will follow. Last year’s event was so wonderful that we hope others will come and participate this year. To book your accommodations for the weekend, please click here. To RSVP, please click here.

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


This month we get to introduce you to Betty and Kerry. Having been longtime visitors to Mexico Beach from Ohio and Illinois, they decided to have our beach as the setting for their ceremony. It was a beautiful wedding and we wish them both all the best. Congratulations, Betty and Kerry!

Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market

March 12, April 9, & May 14

We are excited that the Mexico Beach Farmer's & Craft Market will continue on into the spring. The market will take place at Sunset Park. Vendors are invited to display their items while shoppers peruse each booth looking for goodies to take home. From fresh produce to local art and photography, there will be plenty to view and purchase. Enjoy a fun day of shopping and exploring Mexico Beach. For those interested in reserving a space, click here for complete rules and application.


Breeze by the Bay 5K & 10K

March 12

The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe invites you and your family to come enjoy a day of fun at the Breeze by the Bay 5K & 10K on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Runners will start at the Port Inn in downtown Port St. Joe and continue north on Highway 71, where they will then turn onto the Port City Trail. This simple and easy course will allow even the beginning runner the ability to run, have fun, and enjoy the scenery. Race packet pickup will take place on Friday, March 11 at The Thirsty Goat, where there will be live music and the ability for all runners to participate in the Vino and Vinyasa party!


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

March 26

The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe is proud to host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the Monument Park, located off Highway 98 in Port St. Joe. Children ages 11 and under are welcome to attend this free community event. This fun-filled egg hunt will be a great time with prizes in every egg. There will be a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny as well as face painting, so don’t forget to bring your camera. Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets!


Mexico Beach Ling Ding Tournament

April 22–24, April 29–May 1, & May 6–8

The 2016 Mexico Beach Ling Ding Tournament is planned for the last two weekends in April and the first full weekend in May. The location and time of the Captains Party will be determined soon. The event will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the three weekends and will offer a weekly prize as well as cash prizes for the three largest lings at the end of the tournament. For more information, click here.


Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon

April 23

The Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, April 23, 2016, offering choices of Sprint or Olympic distances and Triathlon or Duathlon. Pick your race and distance! The races take place on the beautiful Gulf Coast and its magical beaches. Location of the packet pickup and race is Veteran’s Memorial Park in Beacon Hill—between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy 98. All four races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach.


This is a simple and tasty way to enjoy shrimp, compliments of the MBARA cookbook.

18 large shrimp, peeled
1 cup pineapple, cut into cubes
1 can water chestnuts
Soy sauce to marinate, your preference
Long bamboo skewers

1. Place shrimp in bowl and cover with soy marinade
2. Refrigerate 1 hour and then drain
3. Alternately place shrimp, water chestnuts, and pineapple on long bamboo skewers
4. Cook over hibachi or in oven for 5 minutes on each side.

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 Carol Cox, PO Box 13006, Mexico Beach, Florida 32410 or e-mail her at [email protected]. Put your name on the recipe and it will be printed in the new cookbook.

Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman helps us understand the world!

Getting old is when a narrow waist and a broad mind change places.

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.

Nowadays, a balanced diet is when every McNugget weighs the same.

The U.N. is a place where governments opposed to free speech demand to be heard.

Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income-tax form than it does to make the income.

If opera is entertainment, then falling off a roof is transportation.

The suburbs are where they cut down all the trees and then name streets after them.

You can be on the right track and still get hit by a train.

A plastic surgeon’s office is the only place where no one gets offended when you pick your nose.

Political speeches are like steer horns: a point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.


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Mexico Beach, FL 32456

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