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Team Duncan Welcomes Scott Twait!

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Duncan Real Estate is excited to announce that Scott Twait has joined the real estate sales team!

Scott grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, and has spent time on Anna Maria Island visiting family since 2010. He immediately fell in love with the white powder sand beaches and the laid back lifestyle, so he now lives on the Island!

He honorably served for 11 years in the U.S. Army, and has resided in Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Alabama, Colorado, Texas, Virginia, Germany, and the Middle East. Scott has founded and operated numerous successful businesses, and he has an extensive background in business development, marketing, and investments. He also possesses an outstanding reputation with providing personalized customer service, which his clients absolutely love.

Scott began his real estate career as an investor in 2004 and has bought and sold numerous investment properties. He also has experience with buying and selling multi-million dollar homes.

When buying and selling your home, Scott is here to provide you with the highest level of personalized service, using the latest technology to deliver the best results for you. Combined with his excellent customer service, attention to detail, extensive marketing, and a stress-free transaction, let Scott be your Real Estate Expert.

Scott demonstrates the energy, determination, and success that you would want in the Real Estate Agent that is representing you.  Scott is looking forward to helping you find your perfect home on Anna Maria Island, so please call, text, or email any time!

You can contact Scott directly at Scott@teamduncan.com or on his cell at 239-451-1661.    Welcome Scott!

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The Gemini Meteor Shower

The Gemini meteor was a site to see last night. We are currently on the tail end of the shower but if you are staying at one of our vacation rentals or just happen to be on the island tonight we highly suggest grabbing a blanket and hitting the beach. Our island offers a front row seat to most meteor showers due to the minimal light pollution. The Gemini meteor shower can be seen every year between December 4 and December 16, with its peak activity being around December 13-14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky. Below is a link for more helpful information on how to view this great event:

 

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/geminids.html

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Mullet Season is Here!

With the temperatures starting to drop and the promise of cold fronts later this week we can expect our local mullet fisherman to be out in full force. The cooler weather drives the fish to school in large pods allowing the fisherman to catch the fish in much greater quantities. The season is dependent on the weather but usually lasts from early December to March. If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals during the winter months you will more than likely see these fisherman off the beach or on the road where they tow the boat to different areas.

The fish is primarily harvested for the roe which is then shipped to foreign countries where it considered a delicacy to eat. Not until recently has the fish been cured and distributed domestically. The end process is known as Bottarga and can be found at various restaurants around the United States. If you would like to try Bottarga locally we suggest Central Cafe or the Sandbar Restaurant.

Below is a video from the archives of mullet fisherman off of Anna Maria:

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The White Pelicans Are Back!

Ever see a white pelican during your stay on Anna Maria Island?

These birds more than likely travelled a farther distance than you to get to Anna Maria Island!  Their migratory journey started at the world’s largest biome known as the Boreal forest all the way to marshy wetlands on the Gulf of Mexico. This epic journey is made possible due to their long wingspan (up to 9ft) and the flock forms v-formation allowing them to conserve energy. Their feeding behavior is quite different than our local native brown pelican that dives for their food. The buoyant white pelican forages through a feeding strategy wherein a flock will form a circle or semi-circle and, using coordinated bill dipping and wing beating, drive prey toward shore where it is more easily caught. If you are vacationing with us during the winter months and want to see this rare hunting technique we suggest frequenting the protected bays around Anna Maria Island. Robison’s preserve and the Perico preserve are two other great areas where you can see this take place

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Trail of Treats was a Hit!

As I always say, Anna Maria Island always has such fun activities going on and the Anna Maria Chamber plays a big hand in this.  The Trail of Treats started at the Chamber after school with a costume contest and then the kiddos were sent out with a list of businesses on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach that were handing out candy!

The rush started coming around 5:30 and Team Duncan was ready to roll!  We set up “shop” at our picnic table with Tootsie pops, necklaces/bracelets, and adult beverages!  Let me tell you, the adult beverages were a hit!  Over and over again, we heard that Duncan Real Estate was the best spot and most fun.  We had several groups come back by for seconds (on the adult beverages more than the candy)!

Here are a few photos of the ladies of Team Duncan that worked Trail of Treats:

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All of the kids were so cute and so polite!  We had to tell them to take two tootsie pops!  Take a look at all of the cuties we saw at the Trail of Treats!

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As you can see, it was a blast!  Hope to see you next year at the Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats!

 

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Ginger

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Fun Facts About the Bottlenose Dolphin

The Bottlenose Dolphin

The most common members of the Delphinidae family, the Bottlenose dolphins are a staple of Anna Maria Island and have attracted tourists worldwide. Locals and vacationers alike come to marvel at the acrobatic feats these dolphins display from time to time.

 

Dolphins are active predators and have a diverse diet of fish, crustaceans, and squids. Sometimes one of our guests at our vacation rentals will be lucky enough to witness the dolphins in action. A method the dolphins use in our area is called “pin wheeling”. Dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterways may roll onto their sides with one of their flippers raised high as if to create a barrier. They encircle a large school of fish, splashing their tail flukes and forcing the school of fish to tighten until the dolphins are able to capitalize on this quick meal.

 

Whether you plan to come to Florida for a trip to Disney World or to beat the cold winter up North. We at Duncan Real Estate highly suggest that you include time in your vacation to appreciate the natural habitat the gulf coast of Florida. The best time to see these dolphins hunt is in the bay areas right at sunrise or sunset. Below is a clip from youtube showcasing one of their hunting techniques. Enjoy!

 

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Stay in the know! Duncan Real Estate Newsletter!

Look what I just finished and sent out today – The Duncan Real Estate October 2017 newsletter!  It features a new restaurant we have on Anna Maria Island called Smoquehouse BBQ, our Reader’s Choice Award, Duncan Deals, and an upcoming event on Pine Ave.  Click here to view the newsletter and see what is happening with Duncan Real Estate and on Anna Maria Island.

 

Just so you don’t miss out on the Duncan Deal, here is what it is!  If you rent for 7 or more nights in November or December of 2017, you get one night FREE! (excludes holiday weeks) . Get out of the cold and come enjoy all that Anna Maria Island has to offer during the holidays!  PLUS, the weather is perfect this time of year.  If you are here during the week of December 8th, come to the Holiday walk on Pine Ave!  SUCH a fun event and it is free!  The locals look forward to this walk and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.  Duncan Real Estate serves grilled oysters, cookies and processco!  That should be enough reason for you to come out for the Holiday Walk on Pine!

 

Enjoy reading our short October newsletter and give our office a call to book a vacation rental or to help you with the sale or purchase of your new home!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

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“Fans” of Duncan Real Estate!

 

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Bayfest on Pine Ave was a blast last Saturday!  The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were out on Pine Ave setting up before the sun came up – glad I didn’t have to be out there that early!   We made our vacation rental guest aware of the event earlier in the week and also gave them a Bayfest 2017 booklet when the arrived!  We love to take great care of our vacation rental guest and keep them informed of all the fun events going on on Anna Maria Island!

 

A group of us from Duncan Real Estate met at the office at 10:30, made mimosas and headed out to the crowd to hand out Duncan Real Estate fans!  When we first started, there was an excellent breeze.  It was so pleasant to walk Pine Ave and see all of the fancy vehicles in the car show, over 80 vendors set up with cool items, food vendors that made the street smell so yummy and the big band stage at the very end of Pine Ave.   I was nervous as folks didn’t really need a fan to keep them cool because the weather was so nice.  BUT, about 30 minutes later, the breeze died down and the heat started to set in.  Good thing for us as the fans became a huge hit!  We handed out 500 fans  in about an hour and a half.  Note to self for next years order – order at least 1,000 as the Bayfest goes until 9:00 PM and I am sure many more folks would have loved to been a “fan” of Duncan Real Estate in the middle of the afternoon!

 

A big thank you to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce!  They always do such a fantastic job on this event and it runs so smoothly.  We truly live in paradise with not only the best gulf beaches and sunsets but so many fun things to do on Anna Maria!  Team Duncan is looking forward to Bayfest 2018!

Sunny regards,

Ginger

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Bayfest 2017 is this week Saturday!

Bayfest is Anna Maria Islands largest and longest running festival!  A family friendly all day street festival on Pine Ave  featuring live music, unique and one of a kind arts and crafts vendors, tasty eats from local food vendors, a fun kids zone, and an amazing classic car show (car show 10am-3pm).  Beer trucks and other adult beverages – fun for everyone! No admission fee!

Here is all the info about this highly anticipated event on October 21st!

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun filled day on Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria!
The AMI Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our 17th annual Bayfest
An all day street festival filled with fun for the whole family!
10AM -9PM
There is no admission charge!
Look at all we have planned for you to enjoy:
CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10AM-3PM
Over 100 classic, antique, custom, muscle cars and street rods will be on display.
MUSIC LINE-UP
Mike Sales – Emcee – 10AM – 9PM
Renegade 10:30AM – 12:30PM soulRcoaster 1PM – 3PM
Yesterdayze 3:30PM – 5PM Dr. Dave Band 5:30PM – 7PM
Karen & Jimmy Band 7:30PM – 9PM
FOOD VENDORS
Hurricane Hanks – poutine & clam chowder Poppo’s Taqueria – tacos
Rocky Top Concessions – hot dogs, corn dogs, Italian sausage & peppers, nachos, french fries
Subz n Grubz – grub balls, friend shrimp basket, lobster mac & cheese, crab cake bites
The Feast – coconut shrimp, conch fritters Village Idiot Pizzeria – pizza
T & L BBQ – BBQ fare The Waterfront Restaurant – grouper tacos, pork carnitas
The Schnitzel Trailer – German brats, currywurst, Vienna styple pork schnitzel, homemade goulasch soup
The Paella Kitchen – Greek cuisine Rolling Smoke – gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
Privateers – hamburgers & corn on the cob Tyler’s Ice Cream
REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS
Kona Ice – shaved ice Tropi-Coco – fresh coconut water, coconut smoothie, virgin piña colada
fresh squeezed lemonade, water and soda, Hahn’s Kettle Corn, Joey’s Italian ice
beer, wine, rum runners, margaritas, rum and cokes
ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS
Block after block of artisans, crafters and vendors with their unique, one-of-a-kind items
KIDS ZONE
A fun play area for the kids including a bounce house and fun inflatables
Privateers pirate ship
PARKING INFORMATION / OPTIONS
• Ride the free AMI trolley to Pine Avenue
• Park just offsite at Crosspointe Fellowship Church at 8605 Gulf Drive on the north end of Holmes Beach
and ride the free dedicated trolley that will be shuttling people directly from the church
to the City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue.
• Some neighborhood street parking is available – be sure to read the signs that indicate where
parking is permitted, park with all four tires off the roadway and sidewalks, and with the direction of traffic.

 

The best part about Bayfest is that is happens right outside of our front door on Pine Ave!  Team Duncan will be out and about at Bayfest passing out Duncan Real Estate fans to help keep you cool.  Yes, our office will be open and we would love for you to stop by and say hello.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for another fun event on Anna Maria Island!

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Ginger!

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Upcoming event on Bridge Street!

Anna Maria Island is such a great place to vacation or live!   It seems like every week there is something fun going on for visitors and residents to enjoy.  I am super excited about the Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach this Saturday, October 14, 2017!   The Clydesdales will be on Bridge Street from 5PM – 7PM on Saturday.  They are going to make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the AMOB Pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.  This is a treat for Anna Maria Island as I do not know of a time when the Clydesdales were here.  My plan is to enjoy a fun island cocktail at one of our local spots on Bridge Street before the horses get there and then making a dinner reservation at Blue Marlin after the event!

My question to you is why not make a long weekend out of this event.  October is a great time to visit Anna Maria Island as it is a slower time, vacation rentals are at the lowest rates, and the weather is starting to be just perfect!  Duncan Real Estate is offering 15% off the majority of our vacation rentals during your stay in the month of October, so take advantage of this additional Duncan Deal.   We would love for you to enjoy our fabulous island and also the fun event with the Clydesdales – give our office a call to book your awesome vacation rental!

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Hope to see you this weekend!

Ginger

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Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialist.