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Happy Anna Maria!

Happiest Town contest 2018A national online contest by the Coastal Living Magazine helped to determine how happy Anna Maria in comparison to 9 other seaside towns in the USA is. The ten finalists were from 9 different states with Anna Maria and Vero Beach being the 2 seaside destinations in the Sunshine State. Others nominees were Cape Charles, VA, Bluffton, SC, Cannon Beach, OR, Cambria, CA, Bellport, NY and Hampton, NH, Ocean City, NJ and Traverse City, MI.

The yearly contest had picked the top 10 communities via social media nomination and by judging several criteria. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity and coastal vibe were taken into consideration.

The Vote

The voting started in January 2018 with the final result being announced in June 2018. There was discussion among the Anna Maria City commissioners what level of participation to take in this tremendous opportunity of free advertising. As with other topics on the island concerns of overexposure need to be weighed against the positive economic impact created by visitors. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce were promoting the online contest at their Facebook pages and other digital media platforms.

After the final count Ocean City, NJ came in as the winner. Anna Maria is the 6th happiest and Vero Beach made it to the number 4 spot.  Anna Maria was described as old-Florida dream of an island town, with a sweet little main street, community gardens, and streets lined with candy-colored cottages.

It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when you live on a barrier island with a seven-mile strip of white beach!

 

 

 

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4th of July on Anna Maria Island!

The week of the 4th of July is always a fun and busy time on Anna Maria Island.  It is a time to celebrate America, be with family and friends and enjoy the glorious beaches of Anna Maria IslandDuncan Real Estate is just about fully booked for the week of the 4th.

Parade on Anna Maria Island

If you are staying with us during the week of the 4th of July, you might enjoy some of the exciting activities that are going on all day/night.  Start your day off with the Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM on the south end of Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach and covers the entire Island all the way to Bay Front Park.  It typically last two hours and is a really fun time – for both kids and adults.  Make sure to wear your red, white and blue and sunscreen too!

Picnic on Anna Maria Island 

Immediately following the parade, Picnic in the Park starts at Bayfront Park on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  This picnic is free and will serve hot dogs, chip and drinks – it is free to all so make sure to come out!  The kids can play on the playground while you enjoy taking a swim in the water.  Bayfront Park offers plenty of shade and tables to enjoy a family picnic.  Duncan Real Estate is right up the street from Bayfront Park – stop by and say hello to us.

Beach on Anna Maria Island

After your belly is full from the picnic, it may be time for you to sit and relax on the beach.  Isn’t that why you are here on vacation!  The white sands, crystal clear gulf water and a breeze that is hard to beat is all the more reason to take your family out to the beach and just enjoy all of it.

Fireworks on Anna Maria Island 

Once the sun goes down and hopefully you have enjoyed the one of a kind Anna Maria Island sunset, stay at the beach as you will see the sky light up from the fireworks!   The Sandbar Restaurant host the annual fireworks and puts on a wonderful show.  You really can be sitting anywhere on the beach to enjoy them.  The Sandbar does offer a VIP ticket with dinner, drinks, and first class seats for the fireworks, just call them at 941-778-0444 to reserve yours.

As you can see, Anna Maria Island offers so much for the 4th of July!  Make sure to call Duncan Real Estate and a member of Team Duncan would love to help you book your next vacation.  941-779-0304

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Here come the food trucks on Anna Maria Island!

One of Anna Maria Island’s most popular event is coming up:  the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 10 Am – 3 PM.  This fun family festival is an all day celebration right along side the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!  Duncan Real Estate has many great rentals within walking distance of this fun event in Bradenton Beach!  Give a member of Team Duncan a call today to book a vacation rental for this fun event.  941-779-0304

 

Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. Check out this great entertainment lineup:

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-king items from jewelry, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy will be set up.

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!

This is an entrance free, family friendly, community event open to all to enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come early to enjoy all the festivities.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event.  For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-3986.  Team Duncan looks forward to seeing you this Saturday!!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

 

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Anna Maria Island Strandferien mit Duncan Real Estate

Anna Maria Island in Florida ist eine Ferienidylle am Golf von Mexiko und lädt mit kilometerlangem, weißen Sandstrand zu einem erholsamen Inselurlaub ein. Weitab von Orlandos Freizeitsparks oder der Hektik von Miami bietet Anna Maria Island den natürlichen Lebensraum für eine vielfältige Tier- und Pflanzenwelt wie Strandreiher, Pelikane, Delfine, Manatees und bietet Abwechslung für jeden Geschmack. Die Hauptattraktion ist der Strand mit pulverfeinem Sand und den fabelhaften Sonnenuntergängen. Das ganze Jahr über gehören Angeln, Parasailing, Jetski, Kayaktouren oder Skimboarding zu den beliebtesten Sportarten. Delfin- oder Anglerbootsfahrten sind täglich zu unternehmen. Wöchentliche Veranstaltungen,Kunstgewerbemärkte, Musikfeste und andere Festivals finden insbesondere in den Wintermonaten statt. Von Mai bis Oktober gibt es eine weitere “Jahreszeit” auf der Insel: die Schildkrötensaison. 200 Pfund schwere Loggerhead-Schildkrötenmamas kommen an den Strand zur Nestablage.

Ohne Hochhäuser, aber mit mehreren kleinen Geschäftsvierteln mit Boutiquen, Supermarkt und anderen Einkaufsmöglichkeiten sowie unzähligen Restaurants kann man das Inselflair genießen und gemütlich schlendern oder per Fahrrad, Golfwagen oder mit der kostenlosen Trolley alles bequem erreichen. Die Insel ist mit 2 Brücken mit dem Festland verbunden und bietet viele Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe. 

Anna Maria Island auf einen Blick:

Insel mit 11 km weißen Sandstränden an der Golfküste von Florida
3 Städte:  Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
8500 ständige Bewohner
Durchschnittstemperatur 23 Grad C
Flughäfen: Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando

Duncan Real Estate bietet seit 2001 verlässlichen Service im Bereich der Ferienvermietung und Immobilienan- und verkauf.  Alle unsere Feriendomizile sind auf unserer Webseite ausführlich dargestellt und die Verfügbarkeit ist immer 100% korrekt.Unser erfahrenes Team freut sich auf Ihre Anfragen per Telefon 941 779 0304 or per email.

 

 

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Busy Bunnies on Anna Maria Island Easter!

Anna Maria Island Easter Tradition will continue on Anna Maria Island this week Saturday,  March 31 beginning at 8:30 at the Sandbar Restaurant at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria.  The restaurant will serve breakfast-type refreshments for children 10 and under and the egg hunt on the beach will begin at 9 AM!

Next, the Easter Bunny will lead a parade to Pine Ave, where the contests and games will take place – bonnet contest, easter egg roll, face painting, games and coloring!  Photos with the Easter Bunny will be taken by Dara Caudill and music will be provided by DJ Chuck Caudill!

Thank you to the Sandbar and Hometown Desserts for providing refreshments and treats on Pine Avenue!  The easter egg roll will be 9:30-11 AM with the bonnet contests judging at 10:30 AM.  Make sure to pop into Duncan Real Estate when you head down Pine Ave.  We have goodies to hand out to the little bunnies for Anna Maria Island Easter.

For further information, please call the Sandbar at 941-778-0444 or Duncan Real Estate at 941-779-0304 or send us a quick message here.

Happy Easter!Anna Maria Island Easter

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Good news for Anna Maria City Pier Funding!

The Anna Maria City Pier reopening has come one step closer after more funding was approved. Approximately $3 million of the estimated $4.5 million total cost are now in place. The approved 2018-2019 Florida legislative budget includes a $750 000 line item that will go toward funding of the new pier. The city of Anna Maria will receive up to $1.5 million from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council that distributes the collected 5% tourist tax. The mayor Murphy also anticipates about $1.7 million in pending FEMA funds.

Anna Maria City PierBuilt in 1911 as an anchorage to load and unload steamboat passengers from Tampa to enjoy the island beaches the pier had to be closed after Hurricane Irma rushed through in September 2017.  The storm had caused extensive damage and it was decided that the historic Pier will need to be torn down. The Anna Maria City Commissioners are now in the process of putting the pier replacement plan together.

The existing pier will remain closed until it is demolished and replaced by a brand new Anna Maria City Pier to be most likely to open sometime in 2019. Preliminary plans were presented by architect Barron Schimberg that included the restaurant space, bar and bait shop at the end of the pier similar to the current design.

The wooden structure will be replaced with different materials to provide a longer life span of the new pier. The pilings and support frames will be made out of concrete.  Kebony decking which is a modified wood product will be used for the planks. It is supposed to last 50-75 years, is splinter-free and cooler to the touch for the island barefoot living. It will turn to a grey shade to resemble the look of the current pier.

All shops and restaurants situated along historic Pine Ave on Anna Maria Island including Duncan Real Estate are exited to see the plans moving forward. After over 100 years in existence the pier has become an iconic mark to the city and is missed by locals and tourist alike during this time of closure. Please contact us or call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure your vacation rental for 2019 and be one of the first ones to walk on the new Anna Maria city pier!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Anna Maria City Pier Funding

Architectural rendering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where can you find Green Beer on Anna Maria Island?!

Where’s the green beer at?

 

green beerFiguring out where to drink on St. Patrick’s Day can be a daunting task. Whether you’re staying at one of our vacation rentals or a resident on Anna Maria Island, we got you covered on where to go for the festivities.

Duffy’s Tavern has always been a staple on Anna Maria Island and their St. Patrick’s day celebrations do not fall short. Green beer and traditional dishes stay flowing all day Saturday to commemorate the Irish roots Duffy’s tavern was founded on. In the heart of Holmes Beach, Duffy’s Tavern is our top pick.

The newly opened Freckled Fin just around the corner is guaranteed to be a good time this Saturday. With Irish flags draped all around the edifice, we’re certain the traditional menu items will be amazing and the live music will be even better. If you can handle more than one stop on your boozy day we suggest hitting Duffy’s tavern in the day and Freckled Fin at night.

Bridge street is always known for the night life and St. Patrick’s day definitely won’t disappoint. You have options there. Hit Island Time for a cocktail, Blue Marlin for dinner, Sports for an after dinner drink, and the Drift-in if you want to keep the party going and make your Irish heritage proud.

Off the island, we got more options!  Clancy’s will be packed more than a college bar offering penny beers on game day. Ask someone in Manatee County where to go on St. Patrick’s day and we would bet our lucky 4-leaf clover that they will say Clancy’s. It’s a sight to see so grab your phone call a Lyft and head there if you want some time on the mainland. Not too far away is Paddy Wagons. A relatively new bar located next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Cortez. The green beer will be flowing and the crowd won’t be as bad as Clancy’s. Downtown is your 3rd option on the mainland. They block the street off and the surrounding bars all participate. Get a different perspective on the area. Our food recommendation there is O’Bricks (the name probably gives it away but they are definitely celebrating St. Pats) or Jennings Provisions. A new small plate and wine/beer bar. Maybe they will have green Lola wine?

Enjoy Saturday Irish or not and make sure to plan on watching the St Paddy’s Day parade on the island which is Sunday, march 18th beginning at 4:00 in Holmes Beach!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Cheers!

 

 

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St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island!

You will not want to miss out on the St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island.  The date is set – Sunday, March 18th beginning at 4:00 PM.  The parade will assemble in the Eat Here parking lot at Marina and Gulf Drives starting at about 2 and then travel north on Marina and Palm Drives, ending at 78th Street.

Years ago Sean Murphy loaded up his kids and neighborhood friends into an old green lawn trailer and carrying a parade permit and blasting music from a boom box, drove down the middle of Gulf Drive to the amusement of bystanders and vacationers!  This was the 1st annual Anna Maria Island St Paddy’s Day Parade, according to Murphy, the owner of three Holmes Beach establishments – Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the Doctor’s Office.

A few years later, the parade had grown to include bands and floats and to attract thousands of paradegoers!  Murphy invited everyone to “get with the St Pat Spirit” and join the parade – it is free to stroll with the bag pipers, pirates, leprechauns, marching bands and community groups.  If you want to join in the parade fun as a participant, please call the Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.

Duncan Real Estate has been in the parade for many years.  This year, we decided to enjoy the parade from the streets and holler at all the floats and friends!  We hope to see you all there too!!!

Cheers,

Ginger

St Paddy's Day Parade

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Team Duncan Welcomes Scott Twait!

Scott Twait

 

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!

Scott Twait 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

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