Mexico Beach eNewsletter | September 2020
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More Than Sunsets!

How about starting your day by going to the beach and seeing a rainbow? Having this “wake-up” welcome could only mean the start to a perfect day on the beach. With numerous pathways and boardwalks allowing all guests to reach the sandy shoreline, our beaches have been a great spot for everyone’s enjoyment this summer. There is still time to enjoy them this year, so we hope you will make it down to visit us soon. There are a variety of vacation rentals, and our shops and restaurants are putting smiles on everyone’s faces.

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And the winner is...


Last month, we had a gift certificate to Mango Marley’s up for grabs, and the lucky winner is Lorene McIntyre from Genoa, Illinois. Congrats, Lorene!



This month, we are giving away a gift certificate to Cathey’s ACE Hardware. More than just a hardware store, Cathey’s ACE offers gardening and painting supplies as well as home decor. Their new building is coming along, and they anticipate moving into their new/old location by the end of the year! To place your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Nick at [email protected].

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Meet Mexico Beach

This month, we would like to introduce you to our local fire department here in Mexico Beach. Under the capable leadership of Fire Chief Sandy Walker, the men and women of this department are highly trained for any fire or medical emergency. The department has seven full-time firefighters and seven part-time volunteers. Along with six pieces of equipment, including a Sea-Doo for offshore rescues, the fire department can assist in any necessary and emergency calls. They are qualified emergency medical technicians and available twenty-four hours every day. This great asset to our community is very appreciated by both the residents and the guests who enjoy Mexico Beach. If you see them out and about, be sure to thank them for their services.

For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach,
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Steve and Gail

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This month, we are delighted to introduce you to Steve and Gail, who selected the beach for their recent nuptials. As frequent visitors from South Georgia, this lovely couple knew they wanted a beach wedding for their special day. It was a lovely sunny day, and their love for each other was captivating. Congratulations, Steve and Gail!

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Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival

October 15–18
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Celebrating our eleventh anniversary in 2020, Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival here on Florida’s Gulf Coast will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs for such greats as Faith Hill, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, and more. Many songwriters from past events will be returning for another great weekend of music and storytelling, and in addition, guests can count on several new faces at this year’s Blast. This annual event continues to deliver on the promise of an incredible time for anyone who appreciates great music. If you spend one weekend a year in the area, make it October 15–18 for the eleventh annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival.
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Mexico Beach Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

December 6
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Our annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place on Sunday, December 6th, starting at 6:00 p.m. This year’s event is tentatively taking place on the Mexico Beach Shopping Center lawn; however, this could change, so please check back. Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, a golf-cart parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and a special visit from Santa himself!
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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 and please remain off the sand dunes and out of the sea oats to ensure their continued nourishment. There are boardwalks and walking paths that can be accessed to reach the beach. 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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Crusty Lobster Pockets
This delicious dinner dish will be sure to wow your guests! We publish it compliments of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Seafood Cookbook (


1 cup cooked lobster, crab, or shrimp
2/3 cup cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons green onions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 8-ounce package refrigerated crescent dinner rolls


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut seafood into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir cream cheese until smooth and then mix in butter. Add remaining ingredients except rolls. Separate rolls into 4 squares, sealing perforations. Spoon seafood mixture onto square. Bring corners of square together, forming a triangle shape. Seal seams and place on cooking sheet. Bake for 15–20 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

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Wit and wisdom from classic comedian Jack Benny.

Jack Benny was an entertainer as well as a violin player. His comic timing was so good that he could make people laugh with a pause or a single expression. Here are a few of his notable sayings:

—I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.

—I took my girl to dinner, and she laughed so hard at one of my jokes that she dropped her tray.

—Hors d’oeuvres – A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces

—Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

—Try to save something while your salary is small. It’s impossible to save after you begin to earn more.

—Modesty is my best quality.

—I practice three hours daily on my violin so I won’t get worse.

—When I give concerts, the tickets sell for five dollars to one hundred dollars. But, for my concerts, the five-dollar seats are down in front. The further back you go, the more you have to pay. The hundred-dollar seats are the last two rows and those tickets go like hotcakes. In fact, if you pay two hundred dollars, you don’t have to come at all.

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“Red tape”

Red tape refers to excessive rules and regulations. This includes filling out long forms, getting various committee approvals, or anything that generally slows down administrative actions. This term is over four hundred years old and is generally attributed to Charles V, the king of Spain in the early sixteenth century. He wanted to streamline his administration and so required that red tape be used to bind the most important files that were sent to the Council of State. The intent was to distinguish the important files from the more routine ones, which were bound with ordinary string.



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