The end of winter was marked with a different kind of migration as the snowbirds visiting Mexico Beach flocked to the El Governor Motel for the 10th annual appreciation luncheon.
Acting as coordinator for her fourth year, Community Development Counselor Kimberly Shoaf planned for 350 guests but was pleased to see even more snowbirds continue to pile in to enjoy a mix of local food and drink.
“It exceeded our expectation this year,” said Shoaf, as she feverishly passed out plates to hungry snowbirds.
Word had clearly gotten out about the annual event and on Thursday hundreds of winter visitors were eager to spend one last afternoon on the motel’s pool deck enjoying one last glimpse of the beautiful beach while enjoying music provided by local musician Randy Stark.
Members of the City Council, along with Mayor Al Cathey, were on hand to assist in the distribution of food, drinks and dessert.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Councilman Jack Mullen, a 12-year resident of Mexico Beach.
He was attending the event for the seventh year in a row and was pleased with the above-average turnout.
An hour after the event started, snowbirds were still making their way through the food lines and parking was limited to the shoulder of the road.
Shoaf said, “This event truly lets us show our winter residents that we appreciate them choosing Mexico Beach as their vacation spot.”