Southwest Volusia County's early
inhabitants were Timucuan Indians who found fish and fresh water
to be abundant in the area. Later as Florida became a state,
steamboats began to regularly visit the area, landing at Lake
Monroe. The area soon became a small community consisting of
a school and two churches and came to be known as Enterprise.
Down the road, Baron Fredrick DeBary
bought several hundred acres for a fishing preserve and built
a winter home where he entertained Presidents and European royalty.
His winter home is now known as the DeBary mansion. And so it
was that the quiet life in Southwest Volusia continued until
1962 when 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 of 1963.
By the end of that year 78 families had arrived in Deltona.
That growth rate has remained steady to bring Deltona's population
to 71,599 and grants the city status as being the largest city
in Volusia County.
In September of 1995, after two
previous attempts, the residents voted to incorporate as the
of Deltona. The City of Deltona has recently completed construction
on its City Hall, located on Providence Blvd. Deltona includes
more than 100 lakes totaling over 8.4 square miles. There are
six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools
serving the students of Deltona. There are also 41 park sites
The City of Deltona provides quality
and cost efficient municipal services. Police protection is
provided through inter-local agreements with the Volusia County
Sheriff's Department. Deltona is centrally located between Daytona
Beach and Orlando and is considered to be an "edge city"
to the city of Orlando. Deltona abuts the rural communities
of Cassadaga, Enterprise and Osteen. It is adjacent to the cities
of Orange City and DeBary. Its proximity to Orlando, quality
of life and affordable housing make it an attractive area for
young professionals who want to work in the Orlando area and
commute along I-4.