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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,



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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:
Over 100 classic, antique, custom, muscle cars and street rods will be on display.
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
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
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
Block after block of artisans, crafters and vendors with their unique, one-of-a-kind items
A fun play area for the kids including a bounce house and fun inflatables
Privateers pirate ship
• 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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Blues, Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street!

Like I have said before, there is always something fun to do on Anna Maria Island!  This week Saturday, April 22 from 3-9 is the Blues Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  Tickets are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.    Enjoy this beautiful Anna Maria Island weather while enjoying music, food, and brews outside!  Also take a walk on Bridge Street and check out all of the cute shops!  Good time to buy a Mother’s Day gift!  Click here for more information about the upcoming event!   Hope to see you on Saturday and we can share a beer together! Cheers, Ginger Anna Maria Island

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Friday Night Fun on Anna Maria Island!

TGIF!  There is always something fun going on out here on our 7 mile island.  Tonight!  Friday, February 10th is the Holmes Beach Art Art Walk!  This takes place every month on the 2nd Friday of the month!  If you are an art fan, you will not want to miss this event on Anna Maria!  Actually, if you enjoy shopping at all, you want to make sure you will be there!  Not only will there be cool artist and such, each of the businesses serves a snack too!  SOLD!!artwalkHope to see you there tonight!





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Bayfest 2016 is right around the corner!

The month of October is always so much fun and my favorite event is the Anna Maria Island Chamber’s Bayfest right here on Pine Ave!  Bayfest has live music, classic car show, food, adult beverages, kids zone, arts and crafts and so much more!  PLUS the event is FREE!  Why wouldn’t you plan to come to Bayfest!?! So mark your calendars for Saturday, October 15th from 10 AM to 10PM!  I will be out there passing out Duncan Real Estate fans to keep you cool during the event!  CLICK here for more information about Bayfest 2016!

Have a great weekend!


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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!

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





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Duncan T-shirts!


Everyone at Team Duncan is SUPER excited about our new t-shirts!  You will see all of us out and about around Anna Maria sporting these new tops…especially on a Saturday!  We felt that it was very important to market ourselves while doing walk-thrus and maintenance on properties, checking in new guest at the office, and being all around the island!

Are you asking yourself  if you will be able to purchase these fabulous shirts?!?!  WELL….the answer is YES!  We will set up a web store which you will be able to access via the website.(once season is over) These tees are just the beginning.  We will offer tanks, hats, long sleeved shirts, beach bags, and all of those fun items!

If you see any of us out and about wearing the t-shirts, make sure to say “Team Duncan”

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Bayfest 2014 Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is Bayfest is here! Bayfest is a 2 day festival full of food, music, crafts, classic cars, and family fun. This is the 13th annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest. Year after year Pine Street fills up with locals and visitors alike to socialize, shop, eat drink and be merry. Oct. 18-19. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Festival times: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 9:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday

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Anna Maria Island Beach Boutiques

To help make sure that you have the best time while staying with Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island, we have put together this list of our favorite places to shop on the Island.  We hope you enjoy your vacation and find everything you were looking for on your stay.

Sand Dollar– This Anna Maria Island gem is a shabby chic beach boutique that hold a bit of charm you can only find here on Anna Maria Island. It is a place you can go to decorate your Island home or simply get gifts, clothing, jewelry, and décor.

Tide and Moon Jewelry– Located on Historic Pine Avenue Tide and Moon Jewelry has hand-crafted jewelry. Famous for their Anna Maria Island jewelry, they were also voted business of the year by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 2010. At Tide and Moon you will can find Bracelets, Gems, Necklaces, Pendants, Rings and Beaded jewelry. Another great place to get gifts for your friends to bring home as souvenirs.

Island Cabana-  Island Cabana is a resort style store located on historic Pine Ave.  They carry and wide variety of Anna Maria Island favorites such as Lilly Pulitzer, toys for adults and children.  This Anna Maria Island Boutique is a favorite for local and visitors alike.

Pink and Navy- Also conveniently located on historic Pine Ave on Anna Maria Island this clothing boutique has fun beach apparel including Toms, sundresses, shorts, flip flops and more.

Creations by L- Offers a beautiful selection of hand beaded jewelry including bracelets, necklaces,  and wedding jewelry.  This awesome jewelry boutique also teaches beading classes for groups.  A fun way to do something different while staying on Anna Maria Island

Flip Flip Candy Stop- The Flip Flop Candy Stop offers, you guessed it Flip Flops and a wide variety of candy.  Their flip flip collection offers some of the island locals favorite brands such as Sanuk!

The Hive- The Hive Gifts and Arts, located on Anna Maria Island and a merchant of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  There is a wide variety of local handmade jewelry as well as imported silver jewelry from all over the world.

Restless Natives- Restless Natives is a fabulous lifestyle & home accessories boutique located on Marina Drive on Anna Maria Island, FL.  They have a mix of modern and vintage accessories for your home.  Perfect place to go if you are decorating a new vacation rental or your Anna Maria Island Home.

I hope this list helps you have the best stay possible while staying with Duncan Real Estate here on Anna Maria Island!

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Rainy Days on Anna Maria Island

Rainy Days at the Beach


I know it is a disappointment when you travel to the beach and your day gets rained out.  Never fear, there is plenty to do to keep busy and explore the beautiful Anna Maria Island!  Here is a list to name a few:

  • Wander through our fascinating history at the AMI Historical Society on Pine Avenue, hours vary, typically 10-1 daily except Sunday.
  • Shop till you drop for area souvenirs at many of our island shops.
  • Visit Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez on 119th St.
  • While away a gray afternoon with a book from our public libraries in Holmes Beach & Bradenton Beach.
  • Shop the Ellenton Outlet Mall at the Intersection of 301 and I-75.
  • Visit the Red Barn Flea Market located at Hwy 301 in Bradenton
  • Take in a performance in our local Island Players Playhouse at NE corner of Pine and Gulf Dr.
  • Ride the free Trolley for island exploring.
  • Check out our art galleries and visit artsy shops.
  • Visit The Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
  • Take a step back in time at the AMI jail on Pine Ave.
  • Visit Mote Marine Museum (N. LBK) to learn about local marine/fish life in S. Longboat Key.
  • Visit the car museum in Sarasota.
  • Take a trip to local ice cream shops. (See our shopping activity list).
  • Mail some Anna Maria Island post cards to friends, and make them wish they were here.
  • Check your email with free wireless at AMI Chamber of Commerce.
  • Search around for your retirement home with a local Realtor.
  • Visit South Florida Museum, see the Manatees!
  • Visit the Chamber of Commerce to gather more information about the island.
  • Visit some local fish markets for local FRESH fish!
  • Take a day trip to St. Armand’s for unique shopping and romantic lunch/dinner opportunities.
  • Max out your credit cards shopping at our unique shops on Pine St. and perhaps early Christmas ideas.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure at one of our island pamper shops.
  • Visit Mixon’s Fruit Farm. Take a tour of their facility in NE Bradenton.
  • Many restaurant/bar Happy Hours on the island! See our Happy Hour List on our website!
  • Walk the beach in the rain, great way to have the beach to yourself!!

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