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Private Beach on Anna Maria Island?

Florida Statute 163.035 deals with the beach rights of water front homeowners and will go into effect July 1st.  It has caused a lot of confusion for all Anna Maria Island residents and visitors that feared the island will have private beaches only.

The legislation states:

ORDINANCES AND RULES RELATING TO CUSTOMARY USE.
A governmental entity may not adopt or keep in effect an ordinance or rule
that finds, determines, relies on, or is based upon customary use of any
portion of a beach above the mean high-water line, as defined in s. 177.27,
unless such ordinance or rule is based on a judicial declaration affirming
recreational customary use on such beach.

What does this mean?

Traditionally, beachgoers walked, suntanned, fished and used the beach in front of island homes that was considered public under the customary use doctrine. Now, the beach becomes private above the mean high-water line. Cities and counties would have to go to court instead of simply passing an ordinance to designate a privately-owned beach as public under the “recreational customary use” doctrine.  Municipalities that decide to designate a private beach as public must adopt a notice at a public hearing stating their intention. Then a “Complaint for Declaration of Recreational Customary Use” needs to be filed with the circuit court in the county in which the beach is located within 60 days, providing notice to the property owner. The municipality has the burden of proving that a recreational customary use exists. For example, calling witnesses who have long used that beach, or producing historic photographs of public use.

Lines in the sand

In some communities the beach seaward of the mean high water line, sometimes called “wet sand,” is public. The beach landward of the line or “dry sand” is private and owned by the upland property owner.

However, the erosion control lines replace the mean high water lines on renourished beaches and supercede state legislation to the contrary.  “The statute is going to have a very limited application and impact given that most beaches are publicly held or subject to renourishment projects,” said Florida environmental attorney Patrick Krechowski. Where beach renourishment has taken place, the public has reasonable access to those beaches seaward of the erosion control line (ECL) according to Charlie Hunsicker, the Manatee County’s Director of Parks and Natural Resources. He is in charge of the local beach renourishment.

Gulf and Bay Beaches

ECL – Anna Maria Island

On Anna Maria Island in Manatee County,  the mean high water lines and erosion control lines are vastly different. The mean high water line is established using a 19-year average based on local tidal data established by tidal observations made at specific tide stations. The ECL along the Gulf side beach was established by engineers during state- and federally-funded beach renourishment projects. For most part of the island from the South to just about North of the Sandbar Restaurant the erosion control line runs along the dune vegetation line.  The new law will not effect this area of the island at all and will leave most of the beach open to the public.
Interestingly, the very North end of the island never had any beach renourishment and the width of the beach has changed naturally over the decades. About 10 years ago, the seawalls of several Gulf front homes were surrounded by the saltwater and some homes only had a sliver of sand in front of their homes.  Luckily, the sand came back and now the most beautiful wide beach stretches along the North end all the way to Bean Point or the tip of the island.

 

The beach on the bay side was always considered private with the understanding that people are allowed to stroll along the waterline. In order to determine the mean high water line along the bay side of the island the City of Anna Maria recently ordered a survey in the area of  the 600 block of South Bay Boulevard. The stakes reveal that the incoming tidal waters of Tampa Bay completely cover the dry sand of the beach. When walking this section of the bay side beachgoers have to walk in the water to avoid trespassing private land. A similar situation occurs in the area by the newly remodeled Rod ‘n Reel Pier. It has its private section of the beach robed off and people will most likely get wet toes to pass this area.

If you need a tip on the perfect spot to relax on the beach stop by our office on historic Pine Ave and chat with our knowledgeable staff. They know the island by heart and are happy to share their island secrets. Call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Turtle Season starts!

The official start of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Season was May 1st.  Loggerhead nests were already found on Captiva Island and Longboat Key. This indicates that Anna Maria Island will soon see its first nest as well. For over 30 years the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch have made tremendous efforts to help our sea turtles. They are monitoring 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. Each morning the beaches are walked and new nests are getting staked and observed for the next two months. After about 60 days the little hatchlings are making their way to the water during night time. Once the nest has hatched, it is getting inspected and shells are counted. Sometimes straggling hatchlings are left behind and get saved. So far, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has protected 4454 nests, counted 301 694 turtle eggs and helped about 271,680 hatchlings.

You can show your support for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch by adopting a sea turtle nest laid on Anna Maria Island. A plaque of your choice will be placed for a $100 tax-deductible donation. There are also Turtle Talks organized which take place every Tuesday at 10 am at the CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Stop by and experience a 35 min presentation which informs via video and photo displays, Q&A session and other interactivities.

There are a few simple rules all of us enjoying this island can follow to make it another successful turtle season this year. The mother turtles and the hatchlings are easily distracted by artificial lights that appear visible on the beach.  Unfortunately, disorientations happen every year.  If you encounter a nesting mother do not take flash pictures or disturb in any way. Loggerheads don’t have a “reverse gear”. For that reason, beach chairs or other items left behind on the beach can become deathly traps for the turtles. Also, sand digging is fun but fill in any holes after your beach day.

The turtle season runs until Oct. 31. and the 2018 hatchlings will return to this region once they reach maturity in about 20 years.

 

If you like more information about the Turtle Watch volunteers stop by at our office 310 Pine Avenue. Our team has some past and current members.

Are you looking for a beach front rental to be close to the natural display of nightly nesting activity? Call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure the best spot on our beautiful white beaches or send us a quick message here.

 

 

 

 

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The Silver Kings Are Back! Bring the Tarpons on

Anna Maria Island is home to one of the best fisheries in the world and tarpon play a major role in making this area a key destination for anglers. Tarpon are a large fish that usually weigh anywhere from 60-280 lbs. They are prized as one of the top sport fish to catch. Known for their acrobatic stunts and long runs when hooked, Tarpon are a migratory fish that make their run through the waters here during the months of May and June. These fish can be found off the beaches or in the passes on the North and South end of Anna Maria island. Tarpon can be targeted using live bait, thread fin herring on an incoming tide and crabs are best on a strong outgoing tide. Be aware that these fish can be spooked quite easily. Positioning your boat strategically can be a determining factor in catching one of these beasts. Circle hooks and a long leader line are essential when rigging your fishing rod. Whether you are an avid angler or this is your first-time fishing for tarpon, Anna Maria island is your one stop shop for these marvelous fish.

Here is a few recommendations on guides in the area, 941-447-1063 is Captain Carson & 941-812-5256 for Captain Colby Gregory. Need a place to put your boat? See below for a list of all of our vacation rental homes with canal access.

Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals

If you find that perfect canal vacation rental, give our rental team a call today at 941-779-0304 and we will get you all “hooked” up!

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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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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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Monday Blues Hit Extra Hard This Week!

Early Monday morning, Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas were hit by unannounced Tropical Storm Emily.  She came in with a vengenze causing areas to flood, trees became uprooted and even a tornado touched down in NW Bradenton.  Thankfully, we have not heard of anyone getting hurt during the storm but sad to say that some of our local businesses really got the brunt of it.

Our maintenance team has been disbatched to many of our vacation rental properties to make sure all is okay.   The only semi-major report that came in was a tree that broke off and landed on the next door neighbor’s car of one of our rentals.  With a quick response, Team Duncan took care of this small issue.  We were also glad to see that the streets of Anna Maria were not as flooded as they can be.

Nothing like starting the week off with a Tropical Storm!  Hope that this is the only one that we have to deal with  – if we can even be so lucky!

 

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Sunny Regards,

Ginger

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We Survived on Anna Maria Island!

Sorry it has taken me a few days to be in touch.  Myself and the vacation rental team have been busy cleaning up after Tropical Storm Colin.  Thankfully, our office on Pine Ave and over 90 vacation rentals weathered the storm with very few issues.   I was very nervous driving on some of the roads out here as they get flooded quickly, but the MINI Cooper did just fine.  Anna Maria Island has survived many of name storms and Colin is just another example of how “strong” this island is.  The maintenance staff has walked all of our vacation rental properties and cleaned up all of the yards over the last week……wow, they are pooped!  Needless to say, we take care of our properties!

 

Here is to no more storms this season…all of my toes and fingers are crossed!   Hope to see you over the 4th of July!

 

Ginger

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ALL you need for your AMI vacation!

Wow!  I just stopped by Beach Bums right down the street on Pine Ave and what a great place!  Not only do they have the cutest retail shop, but they offer just about everything you could want or need while you are on Anna Maria Island.  Want a bike to ride around the island, drive your family around on a street safe golf cart or take a kayak tour?  Beach Bums will be able to take care of any of these items for you.  PLUS, they deliver right to your vacation rental….how great is that?  Here are some of the items that they rent:

• The best range of  Bikes on the island, including tandems
• Children’s bikes, 3-wheelers and Surrey Bikes
• The best range of Kayaks and Baby Equipment
• A fully stocked Shop with all your vacation needs including our own unique range of designer t-shirt
• Check out our eco-friendly option: Golf Carts, which are great fun!
• Kayak Tours of the local area run by Captain Scott, a Sea Captain and marine biologist
•Beach Bums is now Selling and Renting Pedego Electric Bikes.  Many people would like to ride a bike, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, knee problems, and aging.  Electric bicycles make it possible for family and friends to enjoy bike riding without worrying about endurance and other physical differences.
• When a horse drawn carriage or limousine just won’t do, Beach Bums will create a luxury open-aired Bridal Surrey Bike or Street Legal Golf Cart for your Wedding!

Make sure to check out their website!  http://www.beachbumsami.com/

I had the pleasure of meeting with Lauren while I was there.  She is one of the owners of Beach Bums and so very nice.  Duncan Real Estate and Beach Bums have set up a preferred customer discount.  So if you rent with Duncan Real Estate, you will receive a nice discount on your items!

 

Off to ride around on my golf cart from Beach Bums!  Talk to you later

 

Ginger!

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Fishing Anna Maria Island

Captain Mark Howard

I know it’s customary to come to the beach to bask in the sun and sand.  We love those days too!  Here at Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island one of our office’s favorite things to do is, you guessed it.  FISHING!  If you have a love of fishing the way we do, you know it’s never too cold or too hot to cast a line into the beautiful Gulf of Mexico or any of our surrounding Bay Areas.  Anna Maria Island is home to some of the finest fishing captains.  Here are some of Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island favorite fishing Captain’s.

Captain Mark Howard http://www.sumotimefishing.com/

For a family friendly fishing experience Captain Mark Howard offers fishing charters on the Manatee River, Tampa Bay, Longboat Key, Sarasota Bay and The Gulf of Mexico.  His 23 foot Hydrasport 230 Baybolt with a Yamaha 250HP motor and a custom tower will provide your crew with a comfortable fishing experience that you are sure to remember.  Whether you are looking for a full or half day adventure he will provide license, gear and live bait.  Obviously the season will determine what your group will be fishing for but you may have the opprotunity to catch snook, trout, redfish, cobia, tarpon, kingfish, spanish mackrel, and maybe even sharks!

Captain Mac Gregory http://www.annamariafishingcaptain.com/

Captain Mac Gregory guides out of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Captain Mac specializes in fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, grouper, snapper, cobia, permit, and sharks.  He has been featured on Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas numerous times highlighting his tremendous fishing skills.

We hope this helps you enjoy you stay!  Here fishy, fishy, fishy!

 

 

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Anna Maria Island Voted Top 30 Beaches in the World by Conde’ Nast

What we all already know to be true has just been concerned by Conde’ Nast.  Recently released http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-10-20/top-30-islands-in-the-world-readers-choice-awards-2014

Yes it’s true, our beautiful 7 miles off the coast of Florida was placed just one shy of Bora Bora!  How lucky we are to live in paradise!

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