eNewsletter | September 2016
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MBARA Kingfish Tournament – Wrap
The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) hosted its 20th Annual Kingfish Tournament on August 27, and it was a big success. This organization is a good friend to Mexico Beach and has been doing many wonderful things for our city for many years. The tournament had a turnout of 523 anglers with 135 boats participating. The overall winner was Chris Hatcher on Salt Shaker with a catch of a 48.82 lb. kingfish! Congrats to team Salt Shaker and all the other winners. All tournament proceeds will go to support and fund the MBARA’s focus of reef development and research. More information and a complete list of winners can be found at www.MBARA.org.

We had a visit from an old friend, Jacob, who travels down from Minnesota every year to enjoy our beautiful beaches. Each visit, Jacob sets up an assortment of flags on the beach out in front of the El Governor Motel. His collection includes flags from all branches of the military as well as the American flag. Jacob says that he likes showcasing his flags for others to enjoy and feels it brings a nice touch to the beach, and we agree. We send a big “Thank You” to Jacob and his wife for spending time with us on our beach.
Last month, we had a discount coupon from Forgotten Coast Property Management and Rentals up for grabs. The winner was Olivia Field from Seneca, South Carolina. Congrats, Olivia, and enjoy your future stay in Mexico Beach.

This month we’ll be giving away a gift certificate to Caribbean Coffee. This colorful, laid-back café with a gift shop serves coffees, teas, pastries, and sandwiches. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa (melissa@mexicobeach.com) and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.
Our summer has been busy with weddings, and couples are discovering just how romantic a beach wedding can be. We’re delighted to introduce you to some of our newlyweds.
Tony & Stephanie
This month our first couple is Tony and Stephanie. They joined us from Tupelo, Mississippi, to celebrate their vow exchange. It was a beautiful beach wedding. Congratulations, Tony and Stephanie!
Tim & Debbie
Our next couple is Tim and Debbie, who came down from Albany, Georgia. Their special beach ceremony was perfect and included beautiful weather. Congratulations, Tim and Debbie!
Rob & Polly
Our next couple is Rob and Polly, who joined us from Denver, Colorado. With friends by their side, they exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony. Congratulations, Rob and Polly!
James & Cindy
Our last couple is James and Cindy, who joined us from North Georgia to enjoy our beaches and tie the knot. It was a delightful wedding on our pristine beach. Congratulations, James and Cindy!
Music in the Park
September 8, 15, 22, and 29
Every Thursday during the month of September, visitors and residents are invited to bring a chair, a blanket, and a cooler and enjoy listening to talented musicians play while the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. These FREE concerts are provided by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and are held at Sunset Park. The Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Dept. will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers, so bring your appetite. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. (CDT).

September 8 – Baby Gray
September 15 – The Krickets
September 22 – Heat & the Zydeco Gents
September 29 – Konkrete Soul
Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon
September 10
The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Beacon Hill Park (between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy. 98). Pick your race and distance—sprint or Olympic distance and triathlon or duathlon. All races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach.
Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market
September 10
Special Events for Mexico Beach is excited to bring back the Farmer’s and Craft Market this September. The market will take place at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach, beside the El Governor Motel. This market is a great opportunity for vendors to display and sell their fresh produce and crafts. The market will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT).
20th Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival
September 30–October 1
This year’s festival features top-notch entertainment from Sister Hazel, McKenzies Mill, The Springs, The Currys, John Sutton Band, The Krickets, Bo Spring Band, Jerry Thigpen Trio, Cypress Trio, and more! There will be a variety of art and craft vendors, educational exhibits, a popular kids’ zone, and, of course, great food. The 20th Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival is going to be the best yet! The event will take place at George Core Park on beautiful St. Joseph Bay, near the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in downtown Port St. Joe. General admission to the festival is $5 on Friday and Saturday up until 5 p.m. (EDT). Admission is free for ages 6 years and younger and for active duty military personnel with a valid I.D. Parking is free.
17th Annual Mexico Beach
Art & Wine Festival
October 15, 2016
Special Events for Mexico Beach is gearing up for a great event and we hope you can join us. There will be over 25 artists, a varied wine selection, and both a silent and a live auction. Add live music and you have a great afternoon in the beautiful garden of the Driftwood Inn. The doors open at 2 p.m.; the entrance fee is $20 and includes a commemorative wine glass and one complimentary beverage. Enjoy live music while perusing artists’ displays and participate in both the silent and the live auctions. All proceeds will go to the Fourth of July Best Blast on the Beach fireworks show!
Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival
October 20–23
Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, and Indian Pass will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of more than 30 musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs for artists ranging from Faith Hill and George Strait to Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Many songwriters from past events will be returning for another great weekend of music and storytelling. In addition, guests can count on several new faces at this year’s “Blast.”
Shrimp Cakes
Here’s a simple, delicious, and somewhat different way to serve shrimp. Enjoy!
1 pound peeled shrimp, chopped
1 green onion
1 egg
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 cups panko bread crumbs
½ cup Parmesan cheese
Blackened seasoning mix
Lemon and lime wedges
Butter for sautéing
Combine first 9 ingredients with just enough mustard and mayo to make stick. Form cakes and sauté in butter till golden brown. Serve with citrus wedges and enjoy!

The MBARA has published another great cookbook (3rd edition) and it’s now available to you! With 280 recipes, there are some great meals you can prepare and enjoy. If you would like a copy, you can visit www.MBARA.org for more information.
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