Deltona continues to see rapid housing development, but Mayor Heidi Herzberg said it is finally getting commercial building, too.
“Over the past year, we have come a long way in achieving our vision for Deltona. While there are always challenges, I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished,” explained Mayor Herzberg.
The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted Deltona’s first State of the City address Monday, Oct. 28, at The Center at Deltona.
The breakfast event celebrated the fact 2020 is the 25 anniversary of Deltona as a city.
Shari Simmans, executive director of the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce, began the ceremony, introducing the Deltona High School JROTC Army Honor Color Guard.
After brief introductions were given by President and CEO of AdventHealth Fish Memorial Rob Deininger and Volusia County Council Chair Ed Kelley, the program featured Mayor Herzberg’s address to the region’s businesses.
In addition to giving the audience a sneak peak into what is coming in 2020, the Mayor also highlighted the city’s achievements of the past year through the presentation of a video compilation.
“Deltona began as a residential community and is continuing to see development of housing subdivisions across the city, with more than 1,400 homes under construction,” Mayor Herzberg explained.
Some developments Deltona can look forward to include the expansion of the Daytona State College campus and investments in healthcare with the addition of Advent Health’s emergency room and Halifax Health state-of-the-art six-story hospital building and medical office complex.
Mayor Herzberg did not fail to mention the 1.4 million square foot commercial facility development coming to the area, which will become the largest private employer in Deltona, operating 24-hours a day.
“The service industry is also increasing its presence in Deltona – providing residents with local conveniences that, in the past, meant driving out of town.” she explained.
The overall safety of the city has improved as well with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office showing an 11% reduction in certain crimes from 2017 to 2018.
Mayor Herzberg explained, “The lower crime statistics are a result of the sheriff’s mission statement, accountability-based policing, community engagement, technology, servant leadership and diversity.”
Another important priority for Deltona is improving residents’ interaction with the city. Communication with residents has also improved thanks to the use of social media, web email blasts, new LED signage across the city and public forums and workshops.
The mayor said, “Services, such as going online to apply for permits, reserve parking facilities, construction plan review and making payments, are now easier and faster to complete” via the city’s website.
Natural spaces dedicated to nature and wildlife are continuously being created throughout the city with the creation of nature preserves, such as Audubon Park.
Two more nature parks that include walking trails and nature signage are in the works.
“2019 is the year that Deltona is positioning itself for a dynamic launch in 2020,” Mayor Herzberg said.
“With new major commercial development, a new hospital, expanded medical facilities, new housing developments, improved infrastructure and communications, and a new recognition of Deltona as an eco-tourism destination,” she said.