Spring Weather Will Finally Arrive When Fish Fly ‘Over the Line’ At the Flora-Bama

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Spring Weather Will Finally Arrive When Fish Fly ‘Over the Line’ At the Flora-Bama
By: Kelly Woodard

The beach time fun begins when fish fly “over the line” next weekend at the 30
th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the world famous Flora-Bama Beach Bar and Lounge, April 25th through April 27th.
This three day phenomenon, often referred to as the Gulf Coast’s greatest beach party, allows beach goers to grab a mullet and let it fly as far as possible. A mullet is one of the more popular and plentiful fish indigenous to this area. It is the only fish with a gizzard and is said to possess mystical properties. Tossers will throw their fish from a 10-foot circle in Florida across the state line into Alabama. All tosses will be measured, and prizes will be given in each age division.
So why pay $15 to throw a fish? A contribution for each fish flung will go to Local Youth Charities, including local school education and prevention program from the Community Drug & Alcohol Council, Inc. (CDAC) which offers programs, community support and collaboration to address drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco, mental health issues and violence, both in the home and on our streets. Each year, the Flora Bama raises and contributes over $20,000 to local charities, especially youth organizations.
With the Flora Bama’s fabulous new venue is finally complete, the first major renovation to the building since Hurricane Ivan ravaged it in 2004. The new addition includes a new upstairs bar, balcony, stage, and elevator.
Before the Mullet Toss gets underway on Saturday, hundreds will compete in the 18
th annual Mullet Man Triathlon. Men and women will compete in three consecutive endurance races that will start at 7:30 am. The race will consists of a quarter-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, followed by a 15-mile bike race that begins at the Flora Bama Lounge and heads west 7.5 miles in the north lane of Perdido Beach Blvd. to the Alabama State Park, then back. The third segment will be a 4-mile run that will begin at the Flora Bama, head west under Perdido Pass Bridge and back.
The fish flying action begins at 10 am on Friday with celebrity tossers participating in the toss at high noon each day. Entry fee to toss a mullet is $15 per toss, and a souvenir t shirt is included.
Each fish weighs approximately 1 pound, and no gloves or sand on the mullet will be allowed. After the fish has been tossed, it must be retrieved and returned to the bucket. Tossers who step out of the designated 10 foot circle or who throw their fish out of bounds will be disqualified. Each participant will only get one chance to qualify for the finals. 6 men and 6 women will make the finals in each division each day.
No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the premises, and a cover charge of $10 per day will be charged at all entrances. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted after 6 pm.
Parking is available at the Flora Bama for $10, and all proceeds will benefit local charities. The Flora Bama bus will also be running throughout the weekend for $3 each way. Pick ups for the shuttle will take place at the Winn-Dixie parking lot on Sorrento Rd. and also at the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce located on Perdido Key Dr. Busses will run from 9 am until the bar closes. Taxis will also be available.
Boat slips will also be available on a first come first served basis. Lease agreements must be filled out at the time of docking. Daily rates are $1/foot/day or you can stay for the night. Boats under 25’ are $35, and boats over 25’ are $75.
For more information, call 850-492-0611 or 251-980-5118. For registration or more information on the Mullet Man Triathlon, call Cheryl Lange at 492-0611.