DeBary is business and family friendly. Both needs are met here, within driving distances of five to thirty minutes to a wide array of businesses, parks, lakes, beaches, hospitals, schools, and the renowned Central Florida Zoo.
Pictured above: DeBary Hall, a restored National Historic Register hunting lodge built in 1871 by Frederick de Bary.
DeBary is a community where quality of life and quality of services are emphasized. DeBary stands out in terms of distinctive character and unique southern charm. It is the ultimate in small-town living with friendly residents, a sunny climate, and an open-door City Council that is responsive to the needs of businesses and residents. DeBary’s distinctive qualities motivate people and businesses to visit DeBary, work in DeBary, and live in DeBary.
DeBary is a City of Volunteers with citizens serving on a wide variety of boards and committees. The City oversees a Neighborhood Watch Program and also a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as well as offering presentations on a variety of subjects important to the lives of our residents.
DeBary Train Station is scheduled to be the first link in Volusia County that brings SunRail service to and from Orlando by 2014.
DeBary population: 19,319 (2012)
Tax millage: 2013: 3.055
Area: Approx. 25 sq. mi. (9,433.6 acres)
Hospitals: Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial, Florida Hospital-DeLand
Grades K-12 are served by the School District of Volusia County as well as several private educational institutions.
Nearby colleges and universities include: Advanced Technology Center; Bethune-Cookman University; Daytona State College; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Keiser College; Palmer College of Chiropractic; Stetson University; and University of Central Florida.
There’s no better place to live, to work, or to play than DeBary.
Located on the northern shore of the beautiful St. Johns River, DeBary is the gateway to southwestern Volusia County with direct access to Interstate 4 and U.S. Highway 17/92 serving as a corridor between Orlando, Sanford, and Daytona Beach. This area is the third largest consumer region in the United States with a population of just over 7 million.
International airports in Daytona Beach, Sanford, and Orlando and a network of highways and railways help make DeBary a cost-effective and logistically important location in which to do business, in addition to providing an exceptionally fine quality of life.
DeBary offers outstanding housing values in all price ranges and styles. These include upscale country clubs, championship golf courses, river-side homes with access to Lake Monroe and the beautiful St. Johns River. Life in DeBary includes boating, fishing, a variety of parks, including the 210-acre Gemini Springs Park and the 100-acre Nature Park with hiking, bicycle riding, and walking trails.
Open for business
DeBary’s strategic location makes it the perfect place to establish or to relocate your business. An interstate highway, available land for development, modern industrial park facilities, new road construction, and user-friendly growth management practices are appealing to both commercial and residential developers.
Recent studies show DeBary’s workforce to be educated, productive and competitive. Six highly-ranked colleges and universities play a significant role in the county’s economic development efforts. Education, government, and health care are the area’s largest employers with successful manufacturing enterprises playing an increasingly important role in local and global marketplaces.
If your business is planning to expand or to relocate, DeBary offers a prime opportunity for future growth and success. With all the aforementioned reasons for choosing DeBary, there’s still one more–the consistently lowest tax rate in the county. Through fiscal responsibility and managed growth, the City of DeBary has kept taxes low since its incorporation in 1993. Businesses and residents alike reap the benefits.
In addition to workshops the City Council conducts regular council meetings, where questions, comments, and concerns are addressed during Public Participation.