Location, location, location. The area of Deltona and surrounding communities was originally inhabited by nomadic Timucuans, who found fish and fresh water plentiful in the area. After Florida became a state in 1845, steamboats began to make regular trips up the St. Johns River to Lake Monroe. Today Deltona is nestled at the halfway point between Daytona Beach, AKA the World's Most Famous Beach and Orlando, the country's most popular tourist destinations. When you're here, two of Florida's best known places are only a half-hour drive away.
Deltona was originally established as Deltona Lakes, a planned residential community, through the purchase of 17,203 acres of land. It was master-planned and developed by the General Development Corporation and the Mackle Brothers, Elliott, Robert and Frank. Since its opening in 1962, the community rapidly grew from a small subdivision to becoming one of the largest cities in Central Florida by the end of the 20th century. This was largely in part by the Mackle Brothers' worldwide marketing efforts showcasing small low maintenance homes offered at affordable prices. The city currently has a total area of 41.1 square miles and is mostly residential. Deltona primarily serves as a commuter town for the nearby cities of Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as its surrounding communities. Deltona Lakes become incorporated as a city on December 31, 1995, with its name shortened to Deltona. Throughout the 2000s, the city would continue to grow in population, while maintaining a mainly residential landscape. As of the 2010 census, Deltona had a population of 85,182.
Deltona’s first city hall opened on March 16, 2002. Later that year, ground broke for the development of the Deltona satellite campus of Daytona State College, adjacent to Deltona City Hall. The campus opened in August 2004. In 2011 Epic Theatre, the city's first movie theatre, opened at the intersection of Howland Blvd and Graves Ave. Bethune-Cookman University (based in Daytona Beach) opened a satellite campus in Deltona on Saxon Boulevard in August 2013. Just down the road, Halifax Health opened the city's first urgent care facility in April 2014. In recent years, new measures have been taken by city officials to begin attracting new businesses and industries into the city. Specially zoned areas in the city have been designated to allow for the development of upscale office facilities, light industrial space, health care facilities, warehousing and distribution facilities, commercial recreational facilities, and lodging services.
Opening in December, 2017 is The Center at Deltona, a 30,000 Square-Foot Community Center. The Center features 7,500 Square-Feet of Ballroom with Stage, Meeting Room, Conference Room, Full Catering Kitchen and Council on Aging/Services for Seniors. Sure to be a great place to book your next event!
Citywide public bus transportation and paratransit service is provided by Votran, a public transit service governed by the County of Volusia. SunRail provides commuter rail service to the Orlando area in the neighboring city of DeBary via Votran feeder bus service to the DeBary station, and a 275-space park and ride.
Three private schools are located in the city, offering both primary and secondary education. Higher education is offered by Bethune-Cookman University and Daytona State College through satellite campuses located in the city. Volusia County Schools operates 2 high schools, 3 middle schools and 7 elementary schools within city limits.
The city has one public library, adjacent to the Lyonia Preserve, a 360-acre joint project between Volusia County's Land Acquisition & Management Division and the District School Board. The purpose of the project is to restore and maintain the area's endangered scrub habitat. The Lyonia Environmental Center, located at the library, serves to encourage discovery and exploration of Volusia County’s ecosystems and foster community involvement in conservation efforts.
Deltona is diverse with cultures and citizens that come together as one to keep their City beautiful, safe and well informed. No wonder so many people choose to call Deltona their home!
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