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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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New Margaritaville Hotel

The ever increasing supply of vacations rentals on Anna Maria Island will have a new addition just over the bridge with the new Margaritaville Hotel.

The Bradenton City Council unanimously approved the site plan amendments of the Minto One Particular Harbor project.  The reason for the changes was the proposed conversion of the commercial space for hotel purposes.  Even though the floor coverage of the commercial segment of the project will increase from 64 000 square feet to 122 20 square feet the footprint itself will not be changed. The new buildings will have multiple stories instead. The site plan amendment was found compatible with the Bradenton Comprehensive Plan and surrounding area.  Also, the city services like water and sewer will meet the changed demand.

Once finished the entire Minto development will feature 3 sections in total. There is the completed Harbor Isle with its separate gate entrance to the coach homes at Mangrove Walk and Edgewater Walk and the Waterfront Beach Club. Marina Walk is located behind the marina. It consists of 11 residential buildings and is also finished. One Particular Harbor is the final phase of the Minto project.

Margaritaville Hotel Details

All commercial buildings will be located at least 300 feet away from the residential section “Marina Walk”. This area is called One Particular Harbor and features the marina with 55 wet slips and 128 dry slips, retail space and hotels.

The originally planned retail space of 17 600 square feet is now reduced to 1520 square feet. This commercial area will be used as the ship’s store already under construction. The store will be located by the dry dock marina.
The restaurant space will also be used differently and will feature only one instead of two restaurants and will have 305 seats.
The planned hotel will be the first of the brand new upscale boutique style hotel brand COMPASS under the Margaritaville umbrella. There are a total of 2 hotel sites planned. One will be located directly in front of the marina with 30 rooms over 3 stories. The Minto representative Marvin expects the primary visitors to this hotel to be boat owners and guests to the marina. The primary hotel building will face Manatee Avenue with a setback of 150 feet from the right of way. There are 101 rooms planned over five stories.

If you like to stay directly on the island for a tropical getaway contact our Duncan Real Estate rental team at 941 705 3344, browse our inventory or send us  a quick message here.

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