WAKULLA COUNTY MIGHTY MULLET MARITIME FESTIVAL DAY PROCLAMATION by decree

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									                              WAKULLA COUNTY
                     MIGHTY MULLET MARITIME FESTIVAL DAY
                               PROCLAMATION


WHEREAS, Wakulla County has a rich maritime heritage linked to Mullet fishing dating from
the early 1900s when men left home to work the nets in the Seineyards and wagon-loads of
produce from farms to the north arrived at sites such as Shell Point, Goose Creek, Bottoms Road,
Dickerson Bay, Smith Creek, Ochlockonee Bay, Alligator Point, and St. Teresa, to barter for
salted mullet;

WHEREAS, the Mullet windvane atop the Wakulla County Courthouse reminds us of the legal
battles waged in its name and the pronouncement by one Judge that the Mullet was actually a
chicken rather than a fish because it has a gizzard;

WHEREAS, the Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival is held annually in Wakulla County to pay
tribute to this most prized local delicacy through a Cook-Off competition in which backyard
cooks and mullet enthusiasts vie for the glory of being named “best mullet chef;”

WHEREAS, a Mighty Mullet Festival King and Queen are crowned each year to honor the men
and women whose lives and livelihoods have depended upon Mullet, through good weather and
good times, storms, and regulations;

WHEREAS, re-enactors in costume entertain and educate the public with their stories and
artifacts on topics such as celestial navigation, lighthouses, underwater exploration, and
shipwrecks;

WHEREAS, visitors can learn first-hand how Fresh Florida Seafood can be prepared for casual
to fine dining, with some secrets of the trade shared by Florida’s nationally acclaimed Chef,
Justin Timineri, who will demonstrate his cooking skills and share award winning recipes;

WHEREAS, the always entertaining Fishy Fashion Show, in which designer Joan Matey turns
“found beach objects” into wearable art modeled by local celebrities on the Festival’s runway;

WHEREAS, the Festival offers family fun at its best with toe-tapping music and activities for the
kids, such as toy boat building, white boot races, encounters with tanks of sea life, rides, and
much more;

NOW, THEREFORE, Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners hereby proclaims
October 3, 2009 as Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival Day, , recognizing the importance of this
event and its benefit to the development of the Big Bend Maritime Center, and urges all citizens,
organizations, institutions, and businesses of Wakulla County to attend and support the Festival.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of County Commissioners of Wakulla County,
Florida, this 8th day of September, 2009.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF WAKULLA COUNTY, FLORIDA




BY:____________________________
HOWARD KESSLER, Chairman



ATTEST:                           APPROVED AS TO FORM ONLY:



_______________________________   ______________________________
BRENT X. THURMOND, Ex Officio     RONALD A. MOWREY
Clerk to the Board                Attorney for the Board

								
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