Mexico Beach eNewsletter | March 2019
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The great football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” The spirit of volunteerism was a beacon in the sky that we all saw after Hurricane Michael. First in our recovery were the fundamentals of feeding the very dedicated first responders, the security officials, and the city employees, who have been there from the start, rebuilding our infrastructure—which was exemplary.

Our businesses are coming back to serve their customers. To date the following have reopened: Mango Marley’s, Crazy Beach Pizza, Caribbean Coffee, Rustic Sands Campground, Harmon Realty, Mexico Beach Sundance Realty, Mexico Beach US Post Office, First Baptist Church, Cathey’s Ace Hardware, Wallace Pump and Supply, and the list goes on. More and more of our businesses are striving to reopen their doors in either their old locations, temporary locations, or new locations. Continue to follow our progress as we continue to move forward. We have a lot to do, but we’re making steady progress.

As a little extra motivation, we have artist Chad Gainey, “the Chainsaw Carver,” to thank for his inspiring mermaid, which you can see at the corner of 15th Street and Hwy. 386.

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And the winner is...


Last month we had a Mexico Beach tchotchkes bag up for grabs, and the lucky winner is Navy Chief Petty Officer Dave Carroll from Tyndall AFB (originally)/ Saint Mary’s, Georgia. Congrats, Chief Petty Officer Carroll!



This month, we are giving away a gift certificate to Sand Dollar Cafe in Port Saint Joe. Offering classic Southern comfort food, it is a "from scratch" kitchen that uses only the freshest ingredients. The owners are dear Mexico Beach supporters and wanted to contribute, and we are very thankful to them for offering a gift certificate. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.

Beach weddings are romantic and a very special way to say “I Do.” This month we are delighted to introduce four couples who came to Mexico Beach back before the storm, pre-October 2018, and we would like to feature them now. For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit
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Greg and Mallory

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First, we would like to introduce Greg and Mallory, who are local residents here in Mexico Beach. The water was pristine and the weather was perfect for their dream beach wedding. Congratulations, Greg and Mallory!

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Jason and Meredith

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Next, we want to introduce Jason and Meredith from Gainesville, Georgia. Thanks to past visits to Mexico Beach, this lovely couple knew this was where they wanted to exchange their vows, and it was very romantic. Congratulations, Jason and Meredith!

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Daniel and Erin

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Next, we would like to introduce Daniel and Erin from Monticello, Florida. They opted for a beautiful, low-key beach wedding with just family and close friends, and it was perfect. Congratulations, Daniel and Erin!

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Mathew and Samantha

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Last, we want to introduce Mathew and Samantha from Panama City, Florida. They had an intimate, romantic ceremony, and it was very memorable. Congratulations, Mathew and Samantha!

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Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

April 27
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The annual Beach Blast Triathlon is back! Well, sort of. This year’s race will be virtual and anyone can participate. Do a triathlon in your own pool, on your neighborhood road, or even on a treadmill, and you’ll receive a unique Beach Blast T-shirt, bib, and medal. You can take the whole week to complete the event!
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Forgotten Coast en Plein Air: America’s Great Paint-Out

May 3–12
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The 14th Annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event will kick off on May 3, 2019. Nationally acclaimed artists will gather in the region to capture what some believe to be the last vestiges of authentic Old Florida. Artists can be seen painting alongside the roads overlooking the Gulf from the western end of Mexico Beach to the east side of Alligator Point, as well as in out-of-the-way settings.
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23rd Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament

August 23–24
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The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association is excited to announce the date of their 23rd Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament: August 24, 2019. This tournament serves as a charitable event with proceeds going toward building artificial reefs that are placed out in the Gulf of Mexico. Festivities will kick off with the Captain’s Party on Friday, August 23 and continue with the tournament on Saturday, August 24. This tournament is one the entire family can enjoy. Watch as the fish are brought in and weighed, all while supporting a worthwhile cause: building marine habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Ritzy Shrimp
This is an easy, quick, and tasty recipe that is good as an appetizer or as a meal for one! We publish it compliments of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Seafood Cookbook (


1 ½ pounds cooked shrimp, peeled, and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
5 ounces Creole mustard
1–2 tablespoons horseradish
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
3–4 drops Tabasco sauce
Ritz crackers


Mix all ingredients together, withholding the crackers. Refrigerate until cold.
Serve on crackers and enjoy!

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St. Patty’s Day

In March, we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, and we thought you might enjoy some little-known facts about Ireland.

— Saint Patrick was not born in Ireland. It’s generally believed he was born in Wales.

—The harp is the official emblem of Ireland, not the shamrock. Saint Patrick made the shamrock popular.

—The potato is not native to Ireland. It is believed to have been brought from the American continent.

—Seventy million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry, and 40 percent of American presidents had Irish ancestors.

—The first recorded Saint Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in the United States.

—It’s not clear as to why March 17 is celebrated as Saint Patrick’s Day; it could be the day of his birth, his death, or neither.

—Saint Patrick is attributed with driving the snakes out of Ireland. Most likely there never were any snakes.



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