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Deltona is a city located in southwestern Volusia County, Floridamarker. According to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city has a population of 85,921; it is the largest city in Volusia County. Deltona is a principal city of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Areamarker, which the census bureau estimated had a 2006 population of 496,575. Deltona is also a principal city in the Fun Coast region of the state of Florida.

History

In 1962 the Mackle Brothers bought 17,203 acres, filed for a planned unit development with 35,143 lots and named the area Deltona. The first Deltona residents arrived in April 1963. By the end of that year 78 families had arrived in Deltona. Deltona was laid out by the Mackle brothers who have a street reverse-named in their honor (Elkcam). Deltona formed from the Mackle brothers idea of "community". The area is mainly populated by younger families living in single-family homes. Due to its proximity to Orlandomarker and its theme parks via I-4, the area grew very rapidly between 1970 and 2000, and Deltona has served as a bedroom community for commuters to Orlando. Residents voted to incorporate as a city on 31 December 1995, after two previous attempts had failed in 1987 and 1990.

Deltona is centrally located between Daytona Beachmarker and Orlando and is considered to be an "edge city" of Orlando. Deltona abuts the rural communities of Cassadagamarker, Enterprisemarker and Osteenmarker. It is adjacent to the cities of Orange Citymarker and DeBarymarker. Police protection is provided through inter-local agreement with the Volulsia County Sheriff's Office.

Deltona is home to the Lyonia Preserve, a 360 acre joint project of Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management and the Volusia County School Board. The federally threatened Florida Scrub Jay lives on the preserve.

The current City Commission is composed of:

Mayor Dennis Mulder, Term Expires: Nov. 2010

Vice Mayor Michael Carmolingo - District 6, Term Expires: Nov. 2012

Commissioner Zenaida Denizac - District 1, Term Expires: Nov. 2010

Commissioner Herb Zischkau - District 2, Term Expires: Nov. 2012

Commissioner Michele McFall-Conte - District 3, Term Expires: Nov. 2010

Commissioner Paul Treusch - District 4, Term Expires: Nov. 2012

Commissioner Janet Deyette - District 5, Term Expires: Nov, 2010

Vice Mayor Carmolingo was voted into an unprecedented 2nd term as Vice-Mayor while this position has traditionally passed on to a different commissioner each year.

In February 2008, the City Commission voted (6 for, 1 against) to accept a Joint Planning Agreement (JPA) with Volusia County for the development of County Road 415 that runs along the edge of Deltona's city limits. The JPA limits the ability of the city to fully develop commercial districts in the best interests of its residents as any change must be agreed upon jointly by the Volusia County Council and the Deltona City Commission.

In June 2009 the City Commission voted to suspend, then fire the City Attorney.

A committee was appointed to consider revisions to the Deltona City Charter and were voted on in the November 2008 election cycle.

The 2008 legislative priorities for the City of Deltona are:

Boundless Playground – The City sup-ports as its first priority the construction of a boundless playground for both disabled and able bodied children. The City will also seek out additional funding through the grant process.

Public Safety Complex – The City sup-ports as its second priority the construction of a new, state of the art public safety complex that will enhance fire protection, public safety and increase community outreach as well as serve as the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC).

Social Services Complex – The City sup-ports as its third CBIR priority the acquisition of property for the construction or rehabilitation of an existing structure to serve as a social services complex. The complex will provide space for social service providers to bring crucial services to the City and West Volusia County.

Growth Management – The City will support legislation that fully funds state growth management mandates; increases technical assistance for implementing state growth management requirements; provides cities with revenue sources to meet financial feasibility requirements and infrastructure demands; revises concurrency requirements to address urban sprawl, urban infill and redevelopment; and ensures municipal control over land use planning within their jurisdiction.

Transportation – The City will support legislation that provides for an equitable, dedicated and recurring revenue source for city transportation projects. The City will support legislation that prohibits the FDOT from eliminating, deferring, or delaying capacity improvement projects contained in the five year work plan when the projects are within three years of construction and the removal of the project will adversely impact the comprehensive plan of the city.

Environmental Permits – The City will support legislation that improves public notice and participation in state environ-mental permitting processes which requires notification by state agencies to city governments of permit applications made within the city’s jurisdiction.

2008 also marks the 2nd year the Florida Division of Forestry awarded Deltona, the Tree City USA award.

Geography

Deltona is located at (28.907032, -81.216345).

The majority of the land in the city is of Karst topography. Eons ago, when ocean levels were higher Deltona was much closer to the sea shore. The ancient sand dunes and the foliage that adapted there are now an ecosystem that is quickly becoming scarce in Florida because of development. This landscape dominated on the surface by sand hills and sand pine scrub while below its surface limestone and sandy soils work to filter rainfall as it becomes groundwater and part of Florida's unique hydrological system.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.3 mi2 (99.2 km2). of which is land and is water. Water is 6.6% of the total area.

Deltona is generally divided into three "sides." First side, or the first exit from 1-4, starts at Deltona Blvd and is generally considered to end at Saxon Blvd. Second Side, which begins at Howland Blvd and ends at Providence Blvd, includes Deltona High, while Third Side, which starts at Providence and ends in Osteen, includes Pine Ridge High

Demographics

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/mi2 (750.4/km2). There were 26,417 housing units at an average density of 738.4/mi2 (285.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.92% White, 31.97% 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 8.33% 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.

According to various real estate studies, individual educational levels are 83.2% with a High School Diploma, 11.5% with some college, 16.4% with a Bachelor's Degree, and 11.2% with a Graduate Degree.

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.

Education

All public schools in the city are run by Volusia County Schools.

According to various real estate studies, individual educational levels are:

83.2% with a High School Diploma

11.5% with some college

16.4% with a Bachelor's Degree

11.2% with a Graduate Degree.

Elementary Schools

  • Deltona Lakes Elementary
  • Discovery Elementary
  • Forest Lake Elementary
  • Friendship Elementary
  • Pride Elementary
  • Spirit Elementary
  • Sunrise Elementary
  • Timbercrest Elementary
  • Deltona Elementary


Middle Schools

  • Deltona Middle School
  • Galaxy Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School


High Schools



College



Trivia



  • The name "Deltona" is derived from two nearby cities - DeLandmarker and Daytona Beachmarker. It was developed by combining the prefix "Del-" from DeLand, and the suffix "-tona" from Daytona.


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