South Daytona Florida

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South Daytona is a small, residential, and business-friendly community in Volusia County along the Halifax River. It is only minutes away from the famous Atlantic Ocean beaches. Situated just north of Port Orange, this riverside community is linked to Port Orange in many ways. South Daytona is very much its own community with a lot of commercial activity along a busy stretch of US1 (Ridgewood Avenue) and along the east-west connectors and Nova Road. Once a town called Blake, with some forty resident families and just as many non-resident property holders, it is today home to nearly fourteen thousand multi cultural people.

The surrounding land was mainly agricultural and suitable for growing oranges and vegetables. Blake opened its first Post Office in 1878 and grew when the railroad extended from Daytona to Miami by the 1890s and a railroad station was built at Big Tree Crossing. By 1926, the towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach, and Seabreeze combined to become the City of Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach then annexed the adjacent territories including the town of Blake. The new taxes and appraisals levied forced the residents of Blake to fight a legal battle and eventually, in 1938, it succeeded in breaking away from Daytona Beach to become the incorporated town of South Daytona.

Builders and developers soon became interested in the area and South Daytona started to develop .The town continued to prosper and was incorporated as the City of South Daytona in 1951. Its beautiful residential areas, excellent schools, well kept public parks, abundant shopping and dining opportunities, and a responsive city government make South Daytona a great place to live. In 1985, the city began a community-based comprehensive planning process to enhance the quality of life for its residents and businesses. This has resulted in improved amenities at local parks, beautification, street improvements, a new municipal complex and community center and a U.S. 1 corridor redevelopment program.

The many public parks in South Daytona offer lighted tennis courts and baseball fields. Bigtree Park is an eleven-acre park with a baseball field, picnic pavilions and a three-acre lake with a fountain and surrounded by a shell walking path. Fishing is popular in the lake and yields bass, bream and other fish. The nearby Coach Pigotte Community Center offers a host of activities and classes for all ages. It is a popular venue for recreational activities and provides space for meetings and public gatherings. It is similar in design to the South Daytona City Hall Complex and both illustrate commitment to the future.

Magnolia Park is a charming place with special facilities for the elderly and disabled to fish in its pond. Other common amenities include playground and sports fields. Riverfront Veterans Memorial Park has a boat launch ramp and fishing pier. Sunshine Park with its lake and palm studded entrance and new entrance sign tower complement the area. The IcePlex with a 35,000 square foot ice-rink is enormously popular.

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