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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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Mullet Season is Here!

With the temperatures starting to drop and the promise of cold fronts later this week we can expect our local mullet fisherman to be out in full force. The cooler weather drives the fish to school in large pods allowing the fisherman to catch the fish in much greater quantities. The season is dependent on the weather but usually lasts from early December to March. If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals during the winter months you will more than likely see these fisherman off the beach or on the road where they tow the boat to different areas.

The fish is primarily harvested for the roe which is then shipped to foreign countries where it considered a delicacy to eat. Not until recently has the fish been cured and distributed domestically. The end process is known as Bottarga and can be found at various restaurants around the United States. If you would like to try Bottarga locally we suggest Central Cafe or the Sandbar Restaurant.

Below is a video from the archives of mullet fisherman off of Anna Maria:

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Anna Maria Island Voted Top 30 Beaches in the World by Conde’ Nast

What we all already know to be true has just been concerned by Conde’ Nast.  Recently released http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-10-20/top-30-islands-in-the-world-readers-choice-awards-2014

Yes it’s true, our beautiful 7 miles off the coast of Florida was placed just one shy of Bora Bora!  How lucky we are to live in paradise!

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Anna Maria Island Beach Boutiques

To help make sure that you have the best time while staying with Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island, we have put together this list of our favorite places to shop on the Island.  We hope you enjoy your vacation and find everything you were looking for on your stay.

Sand Dollar– This Anna Maria Island gem is a shabby chic beach boutique that hold a bit of charm you can only find here on Anna Maria Island. It is a place you can go to decorate your Island home or simply get gifts, clothing, jewelry, and décor.

Tide and Moon Jewelry– Located on Historic Pine Avenue Tide and Moon Jewelry has hand-crafted jewelry. Famous for their Anna Maria Island jewelry, they were also voted business of the year by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 2010. At Tide and Moon you will can find Bracelets, Gems, Necklaces, Pendants, Rings and Beaded jewelry. Another great place to get gifts for your friends to bring home as souvenirs.

Island Cabana-  Island Cabana is a resort style store located on historic Pine Ave.  They carry and wide variety of Anna Maria Island favorites such as Lilly Pulitzer, toys for adults and children.  This Anna Maria Island Boutique is a favorite for local and visitors alike.

Pink and Navy- Also conveniently located on historic Pine Ave on Anna Maria Island this clothing boutique has fun beach apparel including Toms, sundresses, shorts, flip flops and more.

Creations by L- Offers a beautiful selection of hand beaded jewelry including bracelets, necklaces,  and wedding jewelry.  This awesome jewelry boutique also teaches beading classes for groups.  A fun way to do something different while staying on Anna Maria Island

Flip Flip Candy Stop- The Flip Flop Candy Stop offers, you guessed it Flip Flops and a wide variety of candy.  Their flip flip collection offers some of the island locals favorite brands such as Sanuk!

The Hive- The Hive Gifts and Arts, located on Anna Maria Island and a merchant of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  There is a wide variety of local handmade jewelry as well as imported silver jewelry from all over the world.

Restless Natives- Restless Natives is a fabulous lifestyle & home accessories boutique located on Marina Drive on Anna Maria Island, FL.  They have a mix of modern and vintage accessories for your home.  Perfect place to go if you are decorating a new vacation rental or your Anna Maria Island Home.

I hope this list helps you have the best stay possible while staying with Duncan Real Estate here on Anna Maria Island!

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Best Burgers on Anna Maria Island

Duffy's

For the Best Burgers and Coldest Beer on Anna Maria Island look no further than Duffy’s Tavern located at 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Duffy’s Tavern is family-owned and operated for over 35 years by former Holmes Beach mayor Pat Geyer. Pat and her five daughters Patti, Pam, Peggi, Penni and Polli have a simple selection with Burgers that will knock your socks off!

Try an office favorite of Duncan Real Estate is the Brie & Carmelized Onion Cheeseburger.

Duffy’s Tavern is open Monday – Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 12p to 8pm and they are Closed on Tuesdays. Duffy’s was voted one of the top 10 “hamburger heavens” in the country by USA Today.

This local’s favorite has proven the test of time. Locals love Duffy’s and visitors come back year after year raving about the service, food and the little something special Duffy’s Tavern brings to Anna Maria Island.

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Halloween Trail of Treats

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Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats

It’s that time of year again!  I hope everyone is getting ready to attend the 2014 Halloween Trail of Treats.  The Anna Maria Island Chamber is Sponsoring the Trail of Treats and it is going to be held Friday, October 31st starting at 3:30pm starting at the Anna Maria Island Chamber.  There will be with a Kid Costume Contest for children ages 0-12.

Children and their families can go from business to business trick or treating and you don’t even have to be a member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to participate.  This is an annual event that kids of all ages look forward to!

If you are ready to have a spooky good time this Halloween here are the event times broken down by City:

Holmes Beach businesses: 4pm-6pm

Anna Maria businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Bradenton Beach businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Trail of Treats kicks off with a costume contest from 3:30-4pm at the AMI Chamber of Commerce, free photos in a photo booth provided by Walgreens & participating businesses passing out treats to the kids. We hope to see you there!

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