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Mexico Beach Makes Pivotal Steps Forward as People Begin to Rebuild

It has been four months since Mexico Beach, a tranquil and serene slice of “old Florida” beloved by so many, was ravaged by Hurricane Michael. On February 5, the Mexico Beach City Council passed a new comprehensive plan for the city as well as new land development regulations, dedicated to ensuring the charm and unique characteristics of this picturesque destination will remain intact as people move forward in the rebuilding of both their homes and lives.

“Moving forward in these next steps are important for so many who have been following our progress as those begin to rebuild,” shared Mexico Beach Community Development Council President Kimberly Shoaf. “We are continuing to welcome guests with the same warm hospitality and genuine care that we have always offered.”
In addition to the 90-day building moratorium being lifted, Mexico Beach is making headway in cleanup efforts, with the city currently 80 percent complete with clearing the water ways. According to Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey, the city hopes to finish debris removal on the canal and back water ways by the middle of March and begin a separate dredging project the first week of April. As Spring approaches with the completion of debris removal in sight, Mexico Beach’s strong and resilient community continues to make pivotal steps on the road to recovery.

Mexico Beach is gearing up to welcome more than 20 nationally acclaimed artists to the area for its 14th annual America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out, taking place May 3-12. Art lovers from across the Florida panhandle and beyond will soon visit the destination for 10 days of expanded exhibits, distinguished guest speakers, informative discussions and painting stations to view art or learn how to paint themselves. This year’s event will focus on the natural environment as it recovers from Hurricane Michael.

Mexico Beach is also excited for the 22nd annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Associate (MBARA) Kingfish Tournament to take place August 23-24. A family favorite, attendees can watch as fishermen bring in their prized catch for a chance to win the tournament. The Kingfish Tournament serves as the main fundraising efforts by the MBARA for ongoing assistance to marine education and artificial reef deployment in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Mexico Beach Community Development Council is grateful to each and everyone who continues to keep the area in their hearts and will continue to provide updates as available. For the latest updates and to stay connected, please visit, on Instagram (@mexicobeachfla), Facebook (@MexicoBeachFL) and #lovemexicobeach.