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Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Irma!

Hurricane Irma has gotten everyone in a flutter.  We are super busy on Anna Maria Island  taking down signs, moving in outdoor furniture and all around getting prepped at all vacation rentals just in case Irma decides to head our way.  It is so hard to be in this “limbo” to see exactly the path of the storm and sometimes these hurricanes can turn at the last minute.  Everyone at Duncan Real Estate tries not to watch too much about the hurricane and really only visits the National Hurricane Center website for our updated information.

The important thing is to stayed informed and to prepare you and your family.  There are so many websites and info available to you, but we find that the most helpful information comes from the National Hurricane Center website.  To help you and your family prepare, check out this link as well – it sums up how to prepare and get ready for a major storm.

A few important items if you live or work on Anna Maria Island.  If there is a mandatory evacuation, you will need a pass from one of the cities on AMI to get back on the island.  If you are a resident, you need to visit the city hall within the city that you live – either Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.  You will need to take your ID and also a piece of mail that has your address on it.  If you work on Anna Maria Island, go to one of the city halls and show your ID and business card to receive a pass to get back on the island.

Stay tuned!  As we get more information and helpful tips, we will continue to pass along to you!
Stay safe!

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A great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

I had the best day yesterday on Anna Maria Island!  I got to see about 10-12 of my friends from high school and it had been awhile since I have seen some of them.  We all decided to meet at the AMOB Pier at the end on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  What a perfect place to meet.

All of us got there around 5:00 PM and to our surprise, they had the BEST happy hour deals!!!  $4.00 call liquors, .50 off beer and wines, and buy one appetizer and get one half off!  Let me tell you, we all took full advantage of all of these deals.  I had a frozen wine – yes, I said frozen wine.  It was a Kim Crawford blend with a grapefruit/jalepeno vodka.  Does it get much better than that!?  We all ordered different appetizers so that we could share and sample a bunch of them.  My favorite was the smoked fish dip and the calamari!!

I would highly suggest trying the AMOB Pier on Bridge Street anytime.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner!  And I still have not even mentioned the view – you can sit inside or enjoy the covered outdoor sitting area right on the bay! We had to sit inside because you know those Florida summer rains – it started to pour!  Check out the website for AMOB Pier!  http://www.oysterbar.net

 

 

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Cheers and let me know when you get a chance to try out this great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

Ginger

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Manatee Chamber Small Business Awards!

I had the pleasure of attending the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the year awards last Friday! So many wonderful businesses were honored and recognized as finalists and the 4 winners were announced at the fabulous luncheon hosted by Fete Catering and Ballroom.

Team Duncan sends a huge congratulations to Arts and Eats, Williams Wealth Management, Blalock Walkters PA, and PACE Center for Girls for being the winners of the 2017 Small Business Awards. It was so fantastic to hear the description of each business and all that they have done in our community. Manatee County really is a great place to live, work and play!

Duncan Real Estate was honored with this award in 2014 and we were so excited! What an accomplishment to be recognized by your peers for all the hard work that you have done. Small business is really what drives everything in our community. We are so happy to support local businesses and also the Manatee Chamber of Commerce! Did I mention that Darcie Duncan is the chairman elect this year of the Manatee Chamber?! She will be the master of ceremonies for the 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards! Needless to say, she will be a busy bee giving back to her community in a whole new way!

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Thank you for supporting local businesses and Duncan Real Estate!
Ginger
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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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New Sales Agent to Team Duncan – Carole Wilson

Team Duncan is super excited to welcome Carole Wilson to our sales team!  A third-generation Floridian, Carole was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and has been a lifelong visitor to Anna Maria Island.  Her family has been living and vacationing in this little slice of paradise since the early 1940′s which has instilled in Carole a passion and love for this island she is now lucky enough to call home!

Carole comes from a long line of realtors and home builders and she herself was a realtor with Exit Realty of Lakeland for several years.  She has always had the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life which has led to many satisfied and happy customers.  Carole is a dedicated and professional agent whose expertise has proven to lie in matching buyers with their perfect home.  The knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm she brings to all her real estate transactions makes Carole the perfect agent for your next purchase.

When Carole is not working, her passions are travelling with her husband, reading, checking out yard sales, and working on DIY projects.  However, her greatest passions are her three amazing grown sons and her two poodle babies.

Carole would love to work with you to help you sell your home or find your perfect piece of paradise on Anna Maria Island!  Carole Wilson - Team Duncan

Stop by our office on Historic Pine Ave and say hello to Carole and me too!

Ginger,

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Bradenton-Sarasota area named #1 in US for well being!

It is always so exciting to read something about the area that you live in!  Especially, when it is in another county’s paper – how wonderful is that!  Bradenton-Sarasota area was named #1 in the US for well being. Read the article and to see the Anna Maria City Pier featured as the photo for the article.  Team Duncan would love to help you and your family enjoy this area that is ranked #1 for well being.  I 100% agree with the research – I like what I do, I have supportive relationships, and I am very proud of our community.  Don’t miss out on living in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and don’t miss out on having the best real estate company help you!  Just a reminder – we were voted #1  Real Estate company on the island!!!

 

Sunny Regards!

Ginger

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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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Easter on Anna Maria Island!

Visitors and locals are invited to participate in some Island Easter traditions, including the Easter Sunrise Service at Manatee County Beach, the Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant and the Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest on Pine Ave.  The celebration starts at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 15th, with refreshments before the kids take their places on the beach.  The hunt is open to kids 10 years old and under with baskets to collect their eggs.  After the hunt, the Easter Bunny leads the kids and their families up to Pine Avenue for the 8th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest.  There will be fun for the entire family with face painters, changes to roll eggs across a lane with a spoon and egg coloring.  At 10:30, judges will look for winning Easter bonnets.  The competition is open to kids and grownups alike.

 

On Sunday, April 16th, the 53rd Sunrise Service will take place at Manatee County Beach.  The trolleys start running at 6 AM and the Anna Maria Beach Cafe will open at 6 AM for those needing coffee.  All six of the Island’s churches participate in the service.  Worshipers are urged to dress for the weather and brings a blanket or chairs to sit!  There will be music to accompany the service!

 

Whew!  Lots going on Easter weekend!  We look forward to seeing you on Pine Ave

Happy Easter!

Ginger

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March News from Duncan Real Estate!

March is by far the busiest month of the year on Anna Maria Island!  Honestly, it is easier to walk or ride a bike to get anywhere….we love this time of year!  Please click here to check out news from Team Duncan for the month of March and also a fun easy recipe for the Spring!   I have tried it and it is delicious!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

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Reader’s Choice Award Winner!

Team Duncan has some fantastic news!!  We were voted the #1 Real Estate Company and received the Reader’s Choice Award today – WHAT AN HONOR!  The Reader’s Choice awards are done by our local newspaper called The Sun.  Readers are able to vote for all kind of favorites – restaurants, gym, bar tender, real estate company, etc.!  We feel so blessed that the readers voted Duncan Real Estate the #1 Real Estate Company on Anna Maria Island!!  Thank you

2017 READERS CHOICE AWARD

 

THANK YOU!

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.