eNewsletter | December 2016
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All our Friends!
Christmas is a very special occasion in Mexico Beach. It’s a time when our community comes together for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s celebration featured Lynn Kerigan as our honored tree lighter. Mrs. Kerigan is a pillar of our lovely community and we were very happy to have her as our tree lighter for this year’s ceremony.

After the tree was lit, it was time for carols to be sung. The local ukulele group led the crowd in traditional Christmas favorites and classics. The annual golf cart parade had a great turnout, with carts decorated in hundreds of lights and tinsel. Following behind the golf cart parade was Santa himself. He was very excited to greet all the boys and girls at the park. Each child had their special time with Santa to explain to him how good they have been this year and tell him their top wish list items. Cindy’s Dream Photos was on hand to snap a professional picture of each family; those images will be available at CindysDreamPhotos.com for a minimal donation, with proceeds going to our July 4th Best Blast on the Beach Fireworks Show.

We believe our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tradition is fun for everyone, especially the children. We hope you can make it next year to enjoy the lighting of the 2017 Christmas tree with us. A very special thank you to the El Governor Motel, the City of Mexico Beach & Mexico Beach Public Safety, the Special Events for Mexico Beach, and the Mexico Beach Welcome Center, as well as all the other behind-the-scenes elves that made this year’s event look spectacular.

Last month, we had a gift certificate to the Mexico Beach Marina up for grabs. The winner was Carol Holz from Jefferson, Wisconsin. Congrats, Carol!

This month, we are giving away a gift certificate to Frost Pottery Garden and Gift Shop, a colorful oasis that offers pottery, plants, jewelry, artwork, and much more. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa ([email protected]) and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.
The weather has been wonderful these past months and many special couples had romantic wedding ceremonies right here in Mexico Beach. Here are a few of the happy couples:
Suzanne & Mark
Our first couple, Suzanne and Mark, came from Alabama to tie the knot on our beach. It was a delightful ceremony and perfect weather. Congratulations, Mark and Suzanne!
David & Renee
Our second couple was David and Renee, who joined us from Valdosta, Georgia. The wedding was in the early evening and it was beautiful with a spectacular sunset. Congratulations, David and Renee!
Levi & Kristen
Levi and Kristen came to our area to have a romantic wedding on the beach. It was a gorgeous ceremony with family and friends celebrating alongside them. Congratulations, Levi and Kristen!
Bonnie & Beverly
Our last couple is Bonnie and Beverly, who joined us from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They celebrated with a nice afternoon ceremony. Congratulations, Bonnie and Beverly!
New Year’s Eve Celebrate Twice
December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Come celebrate the New Year—twice in one night! Mexico Beach wants to welcome patrons to stay at the beach this New Year’s Eve and ring it in twice. Complimentary shuttles will transport New Year’s Eve patrons to area hot spots from Mexico Beach to Port St. Joe and places in between, so you can enjoy being at the beach and celebrate the New Year. Start in Port St. Joe (in the Eastern time zone) to begin your celebration, then hop on a shuttle and come back to Mexico Beach (in the Central time zone), where you can do it all over again. Fireworks will be shot off twice as well. Port St. Joe will have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Eastern time and Mexico Beach will have a fireworks display at midnight Central time. Make plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve—TWICE—at the beach!
Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off
February 18, 2017
Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies, and bask in the aroma of roux? If so, then tie on that apron and enter to be one of the chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King. The event begins at 10 a.m. and there will be tons of great gumbo and Brunswick stew. Tickets will be available for purchase to sample one, two, or as many gumbos or stews as you like. With live music and free beads, this is one cook-off that will get you in the Mardi Gras mood! All proceeds raised will go toward the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July 4th fireworks show. Chef entry forms will be available by the first of the year.
Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon
March 2, 2017
We invite all our Snowbirds to attend the annual Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. CST at the El Governor Motel poolside. Come celebrate your winter trip to Mexico Beach and have a chance to say “See you next year” to your old and new friends made while visiting us. Enjoy live music, fantastic door prizes, and great food and desserts. And it’s all FREE!! This event is sponsored by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and Mexico Beach rental companies. Thank you for making Mexico Beach your winter vacation destination!
An Unforgettable Wedding Vow Renewal
April 8, 2017
Join us at the Sunset Park beaches on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) as we celebrate generations of love with a special shared vow renewal ceremony. We cordially invite all married couples to be part of this special complimentary vow renewal and reception! To register for this event, please click here. This wonderful renewal ceremony is open for all married couples to attend and experience the event of the year!
Herb-Baked Scallops
This is an easy recipe with a delicious outcome.
2 pounds fresh sea scallops (if using frozen scallops, thaw first)
½ cup butter
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 ½ tablespoons basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Wash and drain scallops and place them in a single layer in a large, shallow baking dish. Dot scallops with butter and sprinkle with parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for five minutes. Stir scallops to coat well with butter mixture. Bake another 20 minutes until tender. The butter sauce from the dish can be served over mashed or baked potatoes for extra flavor. Serve 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.


When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandma’s lap.
Never hold a dust-buster and a cat at the same time.
You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.


Families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts.
Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
Wrinkles don’t hurt.
Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.


When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.
Forget the health food. We need all the preservatives we can get.
You’re old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
Time may be a great healer but it’s a lousy beautician.
Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


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Mexico Beach, FL 32456

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