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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

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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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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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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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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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November Newsletter from Duncan Real Estate!

Things are busy out here on Anna Maria island and no surprise with Thanksgiving being two days away.  I am so excited to eat some turkey and all of the yummy fixings, spend time with family and friends, watch the Thanksgiving parade, and of course watch football.  Before I do any of this watching TV stuff, I know I will need to talk a nice walk or four  of them on the beaches of Anna Maria Island to burn all of the extra food I will be taking in!!  If you are lucky enough to be on vacation here on Anna Maria, please feel free to join me!

Love to keep you informed of what is going on with Duncan Real Estate and on the island.    Please click here  to check out the latest newsletter we sent to all of our loyal customers.  If you would like to subscribe to the email list, just click on the link at the bottom!

Happy Reading!

 

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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Food and Wine on Pine – May 7, 2016

We are so blessed to work in an area that ALWAYS has such fun things going on.  I can’t wait to get out to Food and Wine on Pine and sample the different vinos and delicious foods from local vendors.  And, all  I have to do is walk right outside of Duncan Real Estate.  I can not think of anything better then food, wine, music, and being outside on a Saturday in May.  For those of you that don’t live too far away, come and make a day of it.  I have attached a link for all of the good info about Food and Wine on Pine.

http://www.foodandwineonpine.com/

Make sure to stop by Duncan Real Estate and say hello….we will be here from 10-4 on Saturday and then heading out to enjoy the festivities on Pine Ave.

 

See you on Saturday,

Ginger

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Exciting News!

It is always fun to announce a new member of Team Duncan!  I am excited that Christine Kourik has joined the sales team here at Duncan Real Estate.  Christine is a career Real Estate Agent with 25 years of experience assisting buyers, sellers and investors.  She has numerous real estate designations and an MBA in Business.  If Christine looks familiar, it is because you may have seen her featured on HGTV’s Hosue Hunters.  We are so excited to have Christine as a member of Team Duncan!

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Sunny Regards from AMI!

Ginger

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