Mexico Beach eNewsletter | August 2018
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What a Great Summer!

It has been an amazing summer here in Mexico Beach! For all those who have been able to visit, we hope you come back soon. For those who’ve not yet made it down, don’t worry. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the sand, surf, and sunshine. August is a great month to take a last-minute beach vacation trip, and some of our wonderful lodging partners are offering great specials. So, if you need a reason to burn some of that vacation time, now is the perfect time to do it. You won’t be sad that you did—we can guarantee that!

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And the winner is...


Last month we had a gift certificate from White Sands Salon & Boutique up for grabs, and the lucky winner is Leigh Isom from Maylene, Alabama. Congratulations, Leigh!



This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Beachwalk, a wonderful shop for clothing, shoes, and great gifts. 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.

Beach weddings are romantic and never go out of style. This month we are delighted to introduce a lovely couple who came to our beaches to celebrate their wedding. For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit
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John and Ruby

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John and Ruby had visited our beautiful beaches in the past, so when it came time to select their location, they knew Mexico Beach was the place. They had a lovely ceremony and the weather was beautiful. Congratulations, John and Ruby!

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Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market

August 11 & 12
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The Mexico Beach Farmer’s and Craft Market will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at Parker Park on Hwy. 98 in Mexico Beach. The market will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT). Spend both mornings browsing the booths, where you’ll find a variety of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry, and much more.
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St. Joseph Bay Scallop Season

August 17–September 30
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The 2018 season will open August 17 and run to September 30, 2018. This season opening includes all state waters, from the shore to nine nautical miles and from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. All other regulations apply, including a daily bag limit of two gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or one pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of ten gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or a half gallon of bay scallop meat per vessel.
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22nd Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament

August 24–25
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Come participate—or cheer on the participants—in the 22nd Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament, a charitable event with proceeds going to build artificial reefs. Kicking off the event is the Captain’s Party, held at Beacon Hill Park on Friday, August 24. The fishing begins on Saturday, August 25 at 5:00 a.m. and goes to 5:00 p.m.; the fish will be weighed at the Mexico Beach Marina. This tournament is a family event, giving family and friends a chance to come and have fellowship with one another while at the same time supporting the worthwhile cause of building marine habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Mexico Beach Music in
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September 6, 13, 20, and 27
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Mexico Beach is gearing up for some toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun with Music in the Park! Every Thursday evening during the month of September, you and the family are invited to unwind, relax, and enjoy great music and beautiful sunsets at Parker Park, just along Hwy. 98. Be sure to bring a chair, a blanket, a cooler, and whatever else you might need to set up your spot on the grass. The concerts are put on by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and are free to the public. All concerts begin at five and run until seven (CDT).
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Fall Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathlon

September 8
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The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 8, offering choices of sprint or Olympic distance 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 El Governor Motel on Hwy. 98. All four races start from the same spot on the beach in Mexico Beach. Olympic races start at 7:00 a.m. and sprint distance races start at 7:30 a.m. (All races times are in Central Time.)
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A friendly reminder:

Mexico Beach is a Leave No Trace community, and we appreciate your assistance in helping us keep our beaches clean. Any items left on the beach unattended from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. will be removed and disposed of by the City of Mexico Beach. Items include, but are not limited to, tents and tent frames, beach chairs, coolers, umbrellas, toys, etc. Also, please fill in any holes before you leave. Your assistance with these requests will keep our beaches beautiful and pristine. For full details on this ordinance or questions, click here or contact City Hall at (850) 648-5700.

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Dijon Shrimp Scampi
This is an easy and delicious shrimp dish that we think everyone will enjoy. We publish it compliments of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Seafood Cookbook (


1 pound large shrimp, shelled
¼ cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh parsley
2 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup Dijon mustard
1 cup cooked rice, served hot


In a large skillet over medium/high heat, cook and stir the garlic and shrimp in the butter just until pink. Blend in the mustard, lemon juice, and parsley. Heat through. Serve over rice and enjoy!

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How about Those Boat Names?

Being a beach community, we see a large number of boats every year. Boat owners like to give their boats personalized names and we thought you might enjoy seeing a few creative examples:

—She Got the House
—Enough Is Not Enough
—Hot Flash
—Bankers Hours
—Branch Office
—Joint Custody
—Off the Hook
—Missing Link



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