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Chamber Business Award 2019 for Duncan Real Estate

Chamber Business Award for Duncan Real EstateLast Friday night Duncan Real Estate was honored with a Chamber Business Award 2019 by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. During the yearly Award Ceremony and Board of Directors Installation at the Seafood Shack four Business Awards were presented. There were awards given in four categories for small, medium and large business of the year and including the new “Non Profit of the Year”.

Additionally, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island co-directors Judy Rup and Dennis Schuermann awarded the Rotary Club’s Businessperson of the Year award to John Horne, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner.

Chamber Board member Karen LaPensee awarded Darcie Duncan with the large Business Award.

Darcie’s experience in Real Estate for more than 2 decades shows proven results with her exceptional real estate service. As a strong leader she built a positive working environment and is supporting and nurturing those around her. Growing by building client relationships she provides above industry standards in times of constant change with the necessary dose of optimism that conveys the strength and security of the business.

 

Team Duncan is proud to participate many volunteer hours in various non-profits and organizations:

  • Chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • Membership engagement council for Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Manatee Alumni Association President and Board member
  • Past board member of Anna Maria Chamber
  • Founding Member of the AMI Chamber
  • Holmes Beach Police Pension Board
  • Friends of Manatee County Animal Services
  • Nate’s Honor
  • Realtor to the Rescue
  • Dachshund Rescue
  • Volunteer at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Bradenton
  • Event committee with the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce
  • Serve at the Salvation Army, St Bernard Church, Our Daily Bread
  • Sea Turtle Watch Volunteer on AMI
  • Gulf Shore Animal League
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • AMI Public Library
  • Volunteer at Anna Maria Elementary School
  • Keep Manatee Beautiful – volunteer to clean up
  • Support PACE Center for Girls, Woman’s Resource Center of Manatee County, Suncoast Reading, Manatee County Education Foundation, The Center of AMI, AMICCO, Art Hop, AMI Players, Foundation for Dreams, American Cancer Society, Manatee Players, Red Cross, St Jude, Bradenton Christian School, Good Will, Humane Society.

 

Chamber Award Darcie Duncan

Darcie Duncan accepting Business Award

Please call Team Duncan for all your Real Estate and Vacation Rentals needs at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Sandcastle Contest

Sandcastle ContestAlthough there is hardly anything better than spending time on the beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island check out the sandcastle contest on Siesta Key. If you are looking for a special outdoor plan for this weekend head towards Sarasota and explore the annual sand sculpting festival on the barrier island just to the South of us.

The International Sand Sculpting Festival is starting today and lasting through Monday, Nov 12th. In its 9th year there will be twenty four master sand sculptures to compete for the 1st place on the Siesta Key Public Beach. A new solo competition will also be introduced.  Artists have only 24 hours to create their master piece of sand which will be displayed for 4 consecutive days in the beach outdoor gallery. Daily tickets will be sold and over 50 000 attendees are expected.

 

There will be more than just sand! This open air festival also features live music, a large village of shopping and food vendors. Check out the sand sculpting lessons and the amateur sculpting competition. Have fun in the party tent on Saturday and Sunday night and admire the sculptures lit through a fabulous light display.

Anna Maria Island also features a sandcastle contest which is usually held in November. It was postponed this year to an undetermined date.

Find out about more events or call our knowledgeable Duncan Vacation rental team for more information at 941 779 0304.

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Bayfest 2018

The Bayfest 2018 was held Saturday, Oct 20th and opened the festival season on the Anna Maria Island. The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. As usually, large crowds started filling Pine Avenue as early as 10 am. Despite summer like temperatures the day was another success. Duncan Real Estate tradition is giving out fans that were in high demand again this year. 500 fans went in less than 1 hour.

 

Bayfest 2018

Lindsey Leech, Martha Jones and Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate

With a full program lots of entertainment was offered.  The Bill Mergens Memorial Auto show is a classic car show named after the show’s late organizer. It displayed more than 100 vehicles that were lining on the West part of Pine Avenue. Visitors admired the different models with owners close by to answer any questions. Many vendors lined the street and offered their merchandise like arts and crafts. Non-profit organizations gave out information and support options. The Kid’s Zone with a bounce house, slides and games is always a big success and the kid friendly activities offers by the Roser Memorial Community Church. Little ones enjoyed arts, coloring and face painting. Food and music are other highlights.

Car Show Bayfest 2018

Duncan Real Estate Office

 

Despite a serious problem with red tide this summer it was great to see thousands of people coming out and enjoying the day along Pine Avenue. According to Chamber President Terri Kinder some of the proceeds will go to Island workers who suffered as the Island economy was hit by the lack of business from the red tide.

If you missed all the fun this time put this event on your calendar for next year. Bayfest is usually held the third Saturday in October. Here the full program that was offered:

Bayfest 2018 Program

Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about other festivals this season or send us a quick message.

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Good Morning, Anna Maria Island!

AM Tampabay visting Anna Maria IslandIf you turned on your radio this morning to WFLA 970 to check on the AM Tampabay morning show you could have heard “Good morning, Anna Maria Island”. This very informative show broadcast from the Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the Bridge Street Pier, Bradenton Beach on October 18.  The talk formatted AM radio station usually originates in Tampa with this morning program running weekdays from 5-9 am. The hosts Jack Harris, Aaron Jacobson, Jeff Kuyrkendall and Katie Butchino keep their listeners informed and amused with the latest news, traffic, weather and more.

 

Anna Maria Oyster Bar at Bridge StreetLocals gathered for breakfast by the outdoor area of the restaurant and enjoyed the live performance of the talented radio crew. The beautiful setting by the Pier was accompanied by a stunning sunrise. John Horne, owner of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, joined the fun. There were several interviews with local business owners like Karen Riley Love who owns a Beach Wedding Service. Elliott Falcione, the director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, talked about the end of Red Tide and invited all the listeners to come out to Anna Maria Island and enjoy paradise.

 

 

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar is also part of the Restaurant Month of the Year Campaign. For 30 days in October you can eat more and spend less in the Bradenton area. You can even win a five-night stay complete with round trip airfare and restaurant vouchers. Just post a picture of yourself enjoying the food in one of the participating restaurants to Facebook or Instagram with #DineCoastal.

 

Sunrise over Bridge Street Pier

Elliott Falcione (right) with the morning crew

Duncan Real Estate features November as great deal month. Enjoy fall on Anna Maria Island and take 15% off the rental fee for any arrival in November 2018! Even better – stay here for the Thanksgiving week and receive a Publix gift card for your grocery needs! How much? Call the Duncan Vacation Team! (New reservations only, discounts don’t stack, some properties require manager approval). Find your perfect island getaway here!
If you like more information call the Vacation Rental Team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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National Night Out on Anna Maria Island

The Holmes Beach Police Department invited to their National Night Out on Anna Maria Island and lots of people came and enjoyed the outdoor activities on a warm fall evening.

This national event began in 1984 and started simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their houses. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada and has evolved into much larger festivities. The National Night Out 2016 had a participation of 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States. Most communities celebrate the first Tuesday in August. Texas and Florida shifted the date to the first Tuesday in October due to the warmer climate. The event was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities like drug prevention, town or neighborhood watch and other crime reducing  efforts. It is supposed to build neighborhood camaraderie.

 

This October 2, 2018 many island organizations, companies and the Holmes Beach Police Department put a great outreach program together. It was bigger than last year and took place at the City Field North of the Holmes Beach City hall. The festivities lasted from 4-8 pm and included a number of activities like slides, skill games, free food, bike and toy giveaways. Many island shops offered hot dogs, tacos, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream and barbecue items.

 

 

“DUNCAN DUNKINGS”

Duncan Real Estate sponsored the dunk tank that featured the police chief, the mayor of Holmes Beach and most popular with the island kids some teachers of the local Anna Maria Elementary School. Lines were long for the educator dunkings!

Sounds like a great time! See you next year!

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Team Duncan Community Spirit

Anna Maria Island is a small tight knit spot and Team Duncan shows its community spirit in good and not so good times.

Waterfront Luncheon

 

Recently, Team Duncan was on the receiving end by getting treated for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant. Many shops and restaurants employees have been hit hard because of the recent Red Tide outbreak that coincided with the tourist off season. The owner Jason Suzor took the opportunity to invite Team Duncan to thank our office for our continuing support of this great island eatery.

 

 

Bowling Tourney

 

Another big community event took place this weekend. The yearly bowling fundraiser for the Center of Anna Maria Island had a great turnout. Teams of 5 players each participated on 52 lanes at the AMF Bradenton Lanes. All proceeds were going to the Center. There was a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Martha Jones of Duncan Real Estate was the lucky winner of the raffle and donated half of the amount back. Thanks Martha!!

 

A word from Darcie Duncan, broker and owner of Duncan Real Estate:

Whether buying or selling let our local expertise, in depth knowledge, top notch negotiation skills and proven track record work for you. We do business the way it was meant to be and offer client focused customer service with your best interest in mind. Our success and reputation speak for itself. We pride ourselves to have been recognized with numerous business awards and to show our community spirit by giving back to the place we call home. Experience the Duncan Difference for yourself!

Like to know more about our community involvement? Please call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser

A picture perfect sunset accompanied the diners at the Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser in response to the recent algae outbreak. 160 guests enjoyed the long table 5 course dinner sitting right on the beach in front of the SandBar restaurant on August 26, 2018. The event raised money to benefit START (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide) – an organization dedicated to Red Tide research. It was also helping bringing awareness to island businesses that are hit very hard by the devastating effects of this year’s Red Tide bloom. The impact was immediate and also coincides with the slowest time of the island tourist season. It resulted in abrupt income loss for many business owners.

 

Anna Maria Island Fundraiser

Jack Elka Photography

 

Sponsors of this event were many local restaurants like the SandBar, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Blue Marlin, Dry Dock Grill, Seafood Shack and The Waterfront Restaurant. Others included Visit Florida, Bradenton Area and Convention Bureau, Darwin Brewing, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Bradenton Herald.

Darcie Duncan, owner and broker of Duncan Real Estate, participated in the festivities. Pictured below are Carol Whitmore, (Manatee County Commissioner, left), Darcie Duncan (middle) and John Horne (owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, right).

 

If you like to get the latest information on the beach conditions please contact Team Duncan. We aim to provide our guests and customers with the most accurate information about the daily situation. Please call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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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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The Silver Kings Are Back! Bring the Tarpons on

Anna Maria Island is home to one of the best fisheries in the world and tarpon play a major role in making this area a key destination for anglers. Tarpon are a large fish that usually weigh anywhere from 60-280 lbs. They are prized as one of the top sport fish to catch. Known for their acrobatic stunts and long runs when hooked, Tarpon are a migratory fish that make their run through the waters here during the months of May and June. These fish can be found off the beaches or in the passes on the North and South end of Anna Maria island. Tarpon can be targeted using live bait, thread fin herring on an incoming tide and crabs are best on a strong outgoing tide. Be aware that these fish can be spooked quite easily. Positioning your boat strategically can be a determining factor in catching one of these beasts. Circle hooks and a long leader line are essential when rigging your fishing rod. Whether you are an avid angler or this is your first-time fishing for tarpon, Anna Maria island is your one stop shop for these marvelous fish.

Here is a few recommendations on guides in the area, 941-447-1063 is Captain Carson & 941-812-5256 for Captain Colby Gregory. Need a place to put your boat? See below for a list of all of our vacation rental homes with canal access.

Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals

If you find that perfect canal vacation rental, give our rental team a call today at 941-779-0304 and we will get you all “hooked” up!

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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

 

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