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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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In the Mood for Florida Cuisine?

Anna Maria Island Beachside DiningPlenty of restaurants on Anna Maria Island offer the Florida Cuisine that travelers are looking for. Vacationing here means to enjoy beautiful beaches during the day and unwind when dining at sunset. A popular variation is the “Floribbean Cuisine”. It combines Caribbean, Latin American,  classic American and European traditional elements with fresh Florida produce and seafood. 

There are also specialty stores on Anna Maria Island that offer local products like fresh fish, the famous Florida orange juice or other citrus related products. Stop by the new Farmers Market on Pine Ave by the City Pier. It offers fresh produce every Tuesday from 11am-5pm during season. If you see jumping fish in the island canals it is probably mullet. Smoked mullet is a delicacy that should be on your shopping list. Enjoy it on a great lunch sandwich or as cold dinner spread.

Here are other area typical items that you will find on the Anna Maria Island restaurant menus.

Conch Fritters: This edible marine mollusk has a mild and sweet clam-like flavor. You can order a fried version in ball shape or a tomato-based conch chowder. Pronounce it “konk” to sound like a local!

Cuban Sandwich: Derived from the influence of Cuban immigrants this tasty sandwich is a favorite lunch menu item. A buttered Cuban bread comes with sliced pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, will then be heated and flattened with a sandwich press for a crunchy treat.

Florida Lobster: It is also called spiny or rock lobster, has no claws and offers the best meat in the tail.

Grits:  Made from hominy or coarsely ground corn grits are part of a good, old-fashioned Southern breakfast.  Cheese grits are often served as side dish for dinner.

Grouper: This is probably the most popular fish. It is firm and white and served in many variations: grilled, blackened, fried, grouper fingers, seafood quesadillas and in fish tacos. Some dishes are offered at market price. Please ask before ordering!

Gulf Shrimp: The Gulf of Mexico shrimp is tender and sweet.  Restaurants offer them in endless variations.

Hush Puppies: They are cornmeal fritters that are served as a side at lunch or dinner with seafood items like fried fish, oysters, shrimp or scallops.

Key Lime Pie: Key limes are the yellow variety from the Florida Keys which tart flavor gives a Key Lime pie the delicious taste. A Must dessert when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Mahi Mahi: Also known as Dorado or dolphin fish is a lean, sweet fish. Try the Rod ‘n Reel Pier Restaurant for lunch and order their superb Mahi-Mahi sandwich.

Snapper: The Florida Red snapper is the other favorite next to Grouper and is served pan-seared, crab-stuffed, cashew-encrusted, barbecued, baked or grilled.

Stone Crab Claws: During October through May local fishermen will set their traps. The crabs are de-clawed and returned to sea, therefore preserving a bountiful supply of claws for next seasons to come.

Please click here for information on Anna Maria Island restaurants.  Stop by or call our local Duncan Real Estate team at 941 779 0304 for more eatery tips or send us a quick message here.

 

Florida Cuisine

Scrumptious Red snapper, Florida lobster, Gulf shrimp, Stone crabs

 

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Island Tour of Homes This Saturday

Island Tour of HomesIf you have not gotten your tickets to the annual Island Tour of Homes please stop by at our office Duncan Real Estate to buy some this week to this cherished Anna Maria Island tradition. This event is the 25th edition of the Tour of Homes and is scheduled from 10 am to 4pm this Saturday, March 17. The tour will showcase 5 new and recently remodeled homes graciously opened by the owners. The Center of Anna Maria Island located on 407 Magnolia Avenue organizes the tour and will feature the Center Bazaar where you will find original art and crafts and food vendors.  The Bazaar is hosted by Duncan Real Estate and you can meet some of our office sales agents at the stand.  The yearly raffle price, a beautiful handmade quilt by the Eyeland Needlers, is displayed and raffle tickets at $1 or six for $5 can be purchased at the Center. You might even be lucky enough to win a free Center membership.

The Island Tour of Homes tickets are $30 and can also be purchased on Saturday at the participating 6 locations. Tour of homes volunteers will be offering complimentary golf cart rides to the homes on the tour. With the forecast of temperatures in the 70ies and sunshine this sounds like a fun outing! We hope to see you there. You can reach us at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Team Duncan Welcomes Scott Twait!

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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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Trail of Treats was a Hit!

As I always say, Anna Maria Island always has such fun activities going on and the Anna Maria Chamber plays a big hand in this.  The Trail of Treats started at the Chamber after school with a costume contest and then the kiddos were sent out with a list of businesses on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach that were handing out candy!

The rush started coming around 5:30 and Team Duncan was ready to roll!  We set up “shop” at our picnic table with Tootsie pops, necklaces/bracelets, and adult beverages!  Let me tell you, the adult beverages were a hit!  Over and over again, we heard that Duncan Real Estate was the best spot and most fun.  We had several groups come back by for seconds (on the adult beverages more than the candy)!

Here are a few photos of the ladies of Team Duncan that worked Trail of Treats:

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All of the kids were so cute and so polite!  We had to tell them to take two tootsie pops!  Take a look at all of the cuties we saw at the Trail of Treats!

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As you can see, it was a blast!  Hope to see you next year at the Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats!

 

Boo!

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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May News from Duncan Real Estate!

We are excited to tell everyone that we have 15 new vacation rentals in our property management program.  We have featured 6 of them on the May Newsletter and all of them have fantastic water views.  Click here to check out the featured vacation rentals and please give one of our team members a call to learn more about the rental and to book it for the summer!   Sunny Regards, Ginger

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Duncan Deals for February/March 2017!

As season is right around the corner, we have a few properties that are still available or brand new to our vacation rental pool!  We would love to get these rental properties booked and the best news is that they are 20% off for the months of February and March!  What a deal

 

Click here to check out what properties are still available to rent on Anna Maria Island.  If you click on the photo of the rental property, it will show you more photos and additional information about it.  Call our rental team and we will hook you up.  941-779-0304

 

Sunny Regards!

Ginger

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Summer Specials on Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals!

Summer is right around the corner and Team Duncan wanted to get the word out that we have sizzling summer specials on our vacation rentals.  Some vacation rental properties are 10-15% of the weekly rental rate and some that are $150 off the price!  Can’t get much better than that!

We tend to rent from Saturday to Saturday, but in the summer some rental properties are available during the mid-week and for 3 nights!  As you are planning your summer vacation with your family, friends from college, or a romantic get away with your honey, think Duncan Real Estate!  We will take care of all of your vacation needs and even offer an errand service that will fill your fridge before you get here!

There are a few ways to “check out” available rentals….. the website, www.teamduncan.com, VRBO, call our office at 941-779-0304 and talk to a rental agent, and/or stop by our boutique office on Pine Ave. to get personal service!  We look forward to meeting you and calling you friend!

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Get away with your girlfriends!

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Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting up with some of my college girlfriends for dinner.  My stomach hurts from laughing so hard over a four hour dinner!  It is crazy how even when you have not seen some of your friends in months/years, it feels like you were back in college again!

After being with them last night, it made me think….  What better way to stay in touch with those special friends then to plan a beach weekend getaway on Anna Maria Island!?  And of course working for Duncan Real Estate, we have over 100 vacation rental properties to meet all different needs!  My college friends and I started planning our weekend last night and have found the perfect 4 bedroom/3 bath rental from Duncan!

Comment and let us know how you stay in touch with some of your favorite friends!

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