Mexico Beach eNewsletter | October 2019
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Highway 98 Back Open

After a little over three months, Highway 98 has fully reopened for motorists. The Florida Department of Transportation had a large section of the highway closed off to repair the roadway and shoulder damaged by the hurricane. We are delighted to report that the highway has officially reopened all the way. Now, there is still roadwork that is being done, so please bear with road crews as they finish up. Also, there is work being done on the beaches as new boardwalks are being put in, but the beaches are open—just be mindful of this when visiting the water. We want to thank everyone for their patience as repairs continue to be made, but just know that once they are completed, the results are going to be amazing and they are worth the wait.

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And the winner is...


Last month, we had a T-shirt from Cathey’s ACE Hardware up for grabs, and the lucky winner is Nate Geno from Oneonta, Alabama. Congrats, Nate!



This month, we are giving away a Never Forgotten Coast T-shirt and hat combo set. The Never Forgotten Coast campaign created this apparel as a fund-raiser for a microgrant program that has given over $40,000 back to businesses in Mexico Beach. The Welcome Center was a recipient of one of these grants, and you’ll find Never Forgotten Coast merchandise available for purchase there. 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.

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Meet Andy Anderson

In this section, we want to help all our loyal readers get to know the places and faces of Mexico Beach. This month, we would like to introduce you to the Mexico Beach City Administrator, Andy Anderson, who joined the city staff and transferred here after serving in Palm Bay on the Space Coast. Originally from Ohio, Andy moved to Florida after his Army service. He’s looking forward to celebrating his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with his wife and three sons. He’s also looking forward to earning his master’s degree in the near future. Andy says he’s impressed with the friendliness of everyone in Mexico Beach and is looking forward to serving as the City Administrator. Please join us in welcoming Andy to Mexico Beach.

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Red Snapper Season Reopens!

October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
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The State of Florida has reopened red snapper season for October. The red snapper recreational season will reopen in Gulf state and federal waters on the following Saturdays and Sundays: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. This season will apply to private recreational anglers in state and federal waters, and to state for-hire operations in state waters only. A Florida State fishing license is required. For more information, click here.
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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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Lump Crabmeat Casserole
This casserole dish is easy to assemble and a dinner-table favorite! We publish it compliments of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Seafood Cookbook (


1 pound crabmeat
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup cooking wine
Salt and pepper to taste


Make cream sauce by combining milk, flour, and butter; season highly and then add beaten egg yolks and cheese. Shred crabmeat, cover with wine, and let stand for 20 minutes. Combine cream sauce with crabmeat. Fold in beaten egg whites. Bake in buttered casserole in 375° oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Johnny Carson – Happiness and Observations

For many years, Johnny Carson provided us laughs and keen insights into life. We thought you might enjoy some of his humorous thoughts on happiness and other observations.

Happiness is sitting down to watch some slides of your neighbor’s vacation and finding out that he spent two weeks in a nudist colony.

Happiness is finding two olives in your martini when you’re hungry.

Happiness is being stuck in an elevator and discovering the ravishing blonde with you is a liquor salesman with a case of samples.

Observation in Hollywood: If you don’t have a shrink, people think you’re crazy.

Observation in New York: Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.

Observation in small towns: The town was so small the “Entering” and “Leaving” signs were on the same pole.



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