Deltona, Florida

Deltona, Florida
Deltona
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City of Deltona
Deltona City Hall

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Motto: I'm Proud To Be A Part Of It!
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°54′25″N 81°12′59″W / 28.90694°N 81.21639°W / 28.90694; -81.21639Coordinates: 28°54′25″N 81°12′59″W / 28.90694°N 81.21639°W / 28.90694; -81.21639
Country United States
State Florida
County Volusia
Settled April 1963
Incorporated December 31, 1995
Government
 – Type Commission–manager
 – Mayor John C. Masiarczyk, Sr.
 – City manager Faith G. Miller
Area
 – Total 41.1 sq mi (106.4 km2)
 – Land 37.5 sq mi (97.1 km2)
 – Water 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 85,182
 – Density 2,072.6/sq mi (800.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code(s) 32725, 32728, 32738, 32739
Area code(s) 386, 407
FIPS code 12-17200[1]
GNIS feature ID 0281490[2]
Website www.deltonafl.gov

Deltona is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the largest city in Volusia County.[3] It is located east of DeBary and north of Lake Monroe. It is the twenty-ninth largest city in Florida, with a 2010 Census population of 85,182.[4] Deltona is a principal city in the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metropolitan area, and suburb in the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. It is also a major city in the Fun Coast region of Florida. Within the city is a campus of the Daytona State College, the Fathi Hall building. The city’s economy is largely impacted by state and regional economy, which depends solely on surrounding communities and cities for work, shopping and entertainment. Area employment consists predominantly of service related activities, retail trade, manufacturing, government and construction. The city’s land use is almost entirely residential and over 75 percent is built upon it.

Just before Florida became a state in 1845, nomadic Timucuans were the first inhabitants of southwest Volusia County, who found fish and fresh water plentiful in the area. After Florida gained statehood in the United States, steamboats began to make regular trips up the St. Johns River to Lake Monroe. Visitors and residents began settling into the state, and a community developed on the shores of Lake Monroe at the steamboat landing. The city currently known as "Deltona" was founded in 1962, when the Mackle Brothers purchased 17,203 acres (69.62 km2), and filed a planned unit development for a community of 35,143 lots. The name chosen for the city is a portmanteau of two nearby cities: DeLand ("Del-") and Daytona ("-tona").[5] Construction began immediately, and the first residents settled in April of 1963, and by the end of that year, Deltona had a population of 180 people comprising seventy-eight families. In 1970, the U.S. Census recorded 4,868 inhabitants, and the population had reached 15,710 by 1980. The growth of the community continued at the rate of 130 new families per month to reach more than 52,000 people by 1991. The city was officially incorporated as a city on December 31, 1995.

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History

1845–1961

The first inhabitants of southwest Volusia County were nomadic Timucuans who found fish and fresh water plentiful in the area.[3] After Florida became a state in 1845, steamboats began to make regular trips up the St. Johns River to Lake Monroe.[3] A man named George Sauls, along with his wife Adeline and six children, were the first settlers in the city now called Deltona in 1859.[6] The area, called Saulsville at the time, was about three miles (5 km) north of Osteen.[6] Sauls' homestead, which caught on fire in 1970, was on what is now George Sauls Street in Deltona.[6] Up until the year 2000, when a house was built on the site, there was a historical marker that read:

Central Florida opened to settlers at the end of the Second Seminole War. The creation of Mosquito (later Volusia County) in 1843 signified rising interest in the area. George and Adeline Sauls were among those who came to Volusia County in the 1850s. Sauls built a two-room home near the road from Enterprise to the east coast in an area which became known as Saulsville. He added a second floor and other rooms as his family increased. After the 1880s, population centered in the railroad town of Osteen. Sauls family members remained in their home until the early 20th century. The Sauls house stood for over 100 years until fire destroyed it in 1972.[6]

The marker is no longer there and was moved to the Osteen Cemetery at the request of the new land owner in 2000.[6] The marker was in the middle of a short street named Barranca until the Volusia County Historical Commission renamed it George Sauls Street in 1977.[6] Visitors and residents continued to populate the state, and a community grew up on the shores of Lake Monroe at the steamboat landing.[6] The community, named Enterprise, developed a schoolhouse built in 1863, along with two churches.[6]

1962–present

It would not be until 1962, when the Mackle Brothers arrived in the area and brought 17,203 acres (69.62 km2) of land, and filed a planned unit development for a community of 35,143 lots.[3] The area would then named "Deltona."[3] Work began almost immediately, and the first inhabitants took up resident in April of 1963.[3] By the end of 1963, Deltona had a population of 180 people comprising 78 families.[3] School bus service was eventually established, and construction began on a golf course.[3] In 1970, the U.S. Census recorded 4,868 inhabitants; and by 1980, Deltona's population was 15,710.[3] The growth of the community continued at the estimated rate of 130 new families per month to reach more than 52,000 people by 1991.[3] Deltona also has a subtle sense of humor as well, which can be found by looking around; for instance, the Mackle brothers are honored by reversing their name on a street: Elkcam Blvd.

The residents of unincorporated Deltona voted in September 1995 to incorporate Deltona as a new city, after two previous failed attempts to do so in 1987 and 1990.[3] A seven-member commission was elected, and as of December 31, 1995, the City of Deltona became official.[3] As part of the referendum for incorporation, the existing Deltona Fire District was dissolved; and on its first day of cityhood, Deltona had over 50 employees including firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency response personnel.[3] The newly elected city commission appointed an Interim City Manager, Interim Finance Director and Interim City Attorney.[3] In July 1996, the city commission hired its first full-time city manager, Harold Emrich, and first city attorney, James "Skip" Fowler.[3]

On November 7, 2003, the city had accomplished a long-term goal of establishing its own public utility.[3] The city purchased the Deltona Water and Wastewater System from Florida Water Services after two years of negotiations.[3] This purchase resulted in the hiring of 32 of Florida Water Services’ employees and the acquisition of all Florida Water Services assets in the Deltona system.[3]

Geography

The Florida Scrub Jay is the official bird of Deltona, and can also be found at the Lyonia Preserve.

The city of Deltona is located in southwest Volusia County, approximately 25 miles (40 km) away from Daytona Beach and Orlando via Interstate 4.[4] It is bordered by the cities of DeBary, Orange City and Lake Helen. Other nearby communities include Osteen, Cassadaga and Enterprise.[4] It is included in the Orlando – Deltona – Daytona Beach, Florida Combined Statistical Area and the Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The majority of the land in the city is of karst topography. The St. Johns River runs along west of DeBary, and continues onto Lake Monroe, which is directly south of Deltona. The city is located about 30 miles (48 km) inland from the Atlantic Ocean.[4] The United States Geological Survey lists the city's elevation at 33 feet (10 m) above sea level at a point near Deltona's geographic center.[7] Elevations range from 20 feet (6.1 m) to 112 feet (34 m) above sea level.[4] According to the city of Deltona as of August 2009, the city has a total area of 41 square miles (110 km2), of which 32.6 square miles (84 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) is water.[8][4]

Climate

Deltona's climate is classified as a humid subtropical climate in the Cfa Köppen climate classification, meaning it typically has hot, humid summers and cool winters.[4] The area benefits from a three-season climate (spring, summer, and fall) with an average annual rainfall of 53 inches (1,300 mm).[4] The record high temperature is 103 °F (39 °C) recorded in July 1998, with a record low of 19 °F (−7 °C) recorded in January 1985.[9]

Climate data for Deltona, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 89
(32)
89
(32)
92
(33)
96
(36)
100
(38)
102
(39)
103
(39)
100
(38)
98
(37)
96
(36)
92
(33)
88
(31)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 70
(21)
72
(22)
77
(25)
81
(27)
87
(31)
90
(32)
92
(33)
92
(33)
89
(32)
83
(28)
78
(26)
72
(22)
82
(27.7)
Average low °F (°C) 47
(8)
49
(9)
54
(12)
57
(14)
63
(17)
69
(21)
71
(22)
71
(22)
70
(21)
64
(18)
57
(14)
50
(10)
60.2
(15.6)
Record low °F (°C) 19
(−7)
25
(−4)
27
(−3)
36
(2)
45
(7)
52
(11)
60
(16)
64
(18)
52
(11)
39
(4)
30
(−1)
19
(−7)
19
(−7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.88
(73.2)
2.96
(75.2)
3.80
(96.5)
2.55
(64.8)
3.53
(89.7)
6.41
(162.8)
7.02
(178.3)
7.23
(183.6)
5.88
(149.4)
3.56
(90.4)
2.96
(75.2)
2.53
(64.3)
51.31
(1,303.3)
Source: The Weather Channel[9]

Demographics

Deltona demographics (2010 US Census Bureau)[10]
Deltona Florida
Population (2010 census) 85,182 18,801,310
Black or African-American 10.9% 16.0%
Asian 1.3% 2.4%
White or Caucasian 76.6% 75.0%
Hispanics or Latino (of any race) 30.2% 22.5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.5% 0.4%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.6% 4.5%
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1970 4,868
1980 15,810 224.8%
1990 50,828 221.5%
2000 69,543 36.8%
2010 85,182 22.5%
source: [11][12]

According to the City of Deltona, the population was 85,921 (as of September 7, 2008), 33,715 developed lots, and 36,683 Platted single family residential lots, and an average family size of 2.78 residing in the city.

Based on the 2000 census, the population density was 1,943.7 per square mile (750.4/km2). There were 26,417 housing units at an average density of 738.4 per square mile (285.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.92% White, 20.00% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.97% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.33% of the population.

There were 24,896 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,078, and the median income for a family was $42,122. Males had a median income of $31,087 versus $23,482 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,648. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

The Unemployment Rate is approximately 6.5% with recent job growth of -0.1% and future job growth of 23.6%.

In political circles, 50.4% of Deltona residents are registered Democrats, 48.8% Republican, and 0.6% registered Independent (others). The Deltona City Commission is a Non-Partisan government body.

Deltona is or has been in the past the home of approximately 115 sexual offenders and predators.

Economy

The City currently enjoys a favorable economic environment and local indicators point to continued stability. The City’s economic outlook is largely impacted by the state and regional economy with a great deal of reliance on surrounding communities for work, shopping and entertainment. Area employment consists predominantly of service related activities, retail trade, manufacturing, government and construction. The regional economy has flourished and with it the City has experienced high levels of building activity and increased population growth. The City’s land use is almost entirely residential and over 75% built out. New construction of single-family residential housing has averaged 1,100 homes annually accompanied by a 38% increase in population since 1995. The City is faced with the need to accommodate growth, as well as establish the means necessary to manage it.

Parks and recreation

The City’s Parks & Recreation Department operates eighteen neighborhood and community parks, providing a variety of recreation facilities for all ages.

The City recently renovated Tom Hoffman (formerly Whipple) Park, Campbell Park and the Lake Monroe Boat Ramp. The Hoffman Park project was done through Volusia County ECHO and the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The City received FRDAP money for the Campbell Park project as well. Funding for the Lake Monroe Boat Ramp improvement project was done with the assistance of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission under the Florida Boating Improvement Program.

Tom Hoffman Park now includes a butterfly garden, walking trail (which is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant) and an open-field play area. Campbell Park improvements include an ADA compliant floating dock, beach volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, a two-story overlook, picnic areas, renovated shuffle board courts, gazebos, playground, and an ADA compliant fitness trail. The Lake Monroe area has two floating docks, picnic tables, is ADA accessible and boasts an improved vehicle and boat parking area. Parks & Recreation will be adding two covered pavilions to the park in the near future.

The City hopes to pursue and secure future grant opportunities that will enable us to continue various park improvement projects including the new 122-acre (0.49 km2) sports complex in the Alexander/Providence area. We are very aware of the need for safe areas for our citizens to enjoy the nature trails in our parks. To this end we are working with Volusia and Seminole Counties as well as the entire St. Johns River Trail system to tie our trails into the Seminole County Lake Monroe Loop and the East/West trail.

Previous, current and planned park improvements have significantly enhanced our natural environment in the City. We will continue to make every effort to avail ourselves of opportunities to promote recreation and environmental opportunities to the citizens of the City of Deltona.

Government

The City operates under a Commission-Manager form of government consisting of 7 elected officials and an appointed City Manager. Residents elect, through non-partisan elections, a Mayor who represents the City at-large and six Commission members who each represent a specific district of the community. Elected officials serve staggered, 4-year terms, with a limit of two successive 4-year terms.

The Mayor serves as the presiding officer at official meetings and as the ceremonial head of the City. A Vice Mayor is elected annually by the City Commission from among the Commission members. The elected officials serve with compensation as provided in the City's Charter and may request and receive reimbursement of actual expenses incurred while performing their official duties.

The Mayor and Commission are responsible for the legislative and policy functions of City Government. These functions include appointing Charter Officers (City Manager, City Attorney); enacting ordinances, resolutions and other official acts necessary for the proper governing of the City; reviewing and adopting the annual budget; reviewing and acting upon recommendations of the City Manager and various boards/committees; appointing advisory board members; contracting municipal services for the City; and promoting the protection, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Deltona.

Education

The city has eight elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools operated by the Volusia County District School Board, with a total enrollment of over 16,230 students as of August 2010.[4] The first high school in the city, Deltona High School, opened in 1988. Deltona High School has an enrollment rate of almost 3,000 students. A second high school was built in 1994 named Pine Ridge High School, which has an enrollment of over 2,500 students.[4]

Daytona State College operates a campus in Deltona, which is located at the City of Deltona’s Municipal Complex.[4] City hall is located on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of a 100-acre (0.40 km2) state educational site. Upon the site, the separate Deltona campus of Daytona State College was opened in August 2004. The city provides 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of land in the City Hall facility to the Deltona campus of Daytona State College.[4]

Notable Crimes

2004: Deltona was the location of the Deltona Massacre, also known as the XBox murders. On that night, six victims were beaten to death with baseball bats. Authorities arrested four individuals.
2001: Joshua Bryant and his grandmother Lillian Martin went missing from their home in Deltona. Joshua's remains were later found in the woods of a nearby community known as Cassadaga. An electrician is suspected to be the killer.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "City of Deltona, Florida: City History". DeltonaFL.gov. http://www.deltonafl.gov/index.cfm?objectid=701C59F0-BA35-9403-95BB0F6670A84B70. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l City of Deltona, Florida: City Demographics. DeltonaFL.gov. Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
  5. ^ A New Beginning. The Mackle Company. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Volusia County History: City of Deltona. Volusia.org. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  7. ^ Feature Detail Report for: City of Deltona. Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  8. ^ "Florida by place Population, Housing Units, Area and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US12&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-PH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-format=ST-7. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  9. ^ a b Average Weather for Deltona, FL. Weather.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-19
  10. ^ "Deltona (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". US Census Bureau. 2010. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/1217200.html. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  11. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/index.html. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  12. ^ Census numbers enumerated prior to 2000 was for "Deltona CDP"

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