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Deltona At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Short History

The native Timucuan tribe first inhabited the area. These were a nomadic people who traveled through catching fish and other wildlife and making use of the plentiful fresh water. Florida became a state in 1845 and steamboats traveled the St. John's River to Lake Monroe. The first settlers in 1859 were Adeline and George Saul with their six children, and the area was known as Saulsville. The city was founded in 1962 as a retirement community and commercial center of 4,000 residents named "Deltona Lakes," but the 1980s and 1990s saw a housing boom giving rise to today's population of over 85,000. Deltona, incorporated in 1995, is still mostly a residential city whose residents go to nearby communities for jobs, shopping and entertainment.

City Life

Predominently a residential city, Deltona has little in the way of stores. Originally meant for those of retirement age, the average age of today's Deltona residents is 35. White, Hispanic (mostly of Puerto Rican descent), Latino, black, Asian and other cultures make up the city's population. Watch musical performances, see art exhibits and learn about area history at the Deltona Arts & Historic Center.

Parks and Recreation

With few entertainment venues in the city, residents take to nature. Deltona has 100 lakes and 19 parks providing plenty of outdoor fun from boating to beach volleyball. Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Learning Center, situated on 360 acres of restored native scrub ecosystem, features threatened species such as Florida scrub jays or gopher tortoise, ecology exhibits and walking trails. Campbell Park's 14 acres near city center has beach volleyball, shuffleboard, tennis, a lake with fishing piers and floating dock and walking trails. On 210 acres, Gemini Springs Park includes Lake Monroe providing rental canoes, horse riding trails, rustic campsites, walking trails and dog park.

Economy

Considered a "bedroom community" for the nearby Orlando Metropolitan Area. Volusia County Public Transit System (VOTRAN) has local and county bus lines with connections to the Orlando-area bus system where many residents work. The median income ranges from $27,200 for females and $34,500 for males. The city reports that 1997-2002 shows the largest employment growth in retail, professional, scientific and technical services.

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