Daytona Beach City Hall, 2007
Location in Volusia County and the State of Florida
|Coordinates:29°12'26?N 81°02'16?W? / ?29.20722, -81.03778|
|- Mayor||Derrick Henry|
|Area  1|
|- City||63.78 sq mi (165.2 km²)|
|- Land||58.41 sq mi (151.3 km²)|
|- Water||6.25 sq mi (16.2 km²) 9.6%|
|Elevation  3||13 ft (4 m)|
|- Density||1,044.4/sq mi (403.2/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|- Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||32114-32126, 32198|
|GNIS feature ID||0281353|
Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, USA. According to 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city has a population of 64,421. Daytona Beach is a principal city of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which the census bureau estimated had a 2006 population of 496,575.
Daytona Beach is a year-round resort area. The city is historically known for its motorsports, with both Daytona International Speedway and the old Daytona Beach Road Course having hosted races for over a century. The city is also the headquarters for NASCAR and the Grand American Road Racing Association. Daytona could accurately be called a seasonal town, with large groups of out-of-towners descending upon the city for various events, most notably Speedweeks in early February when over 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500. Other events include the NASCAR Pepsi 400 race in July (now Coke Zero 400), Bike Week in March, Biketoberfest in October and Black College Reunion in March and April. In the past Daytona Beach catered to spring breakers, but in recent years many of the breakers have migrated to other sites, like Panama City. Daytona Beach has tried to clean up its image but in the last few years spring breakers have come back again in smaller numbers.
The area was once inhabited by the Timucuan Indians, who lived in fortified villages. War and disease, however, would decimate the tribe. Florida was acquired from Spain by the United States in 1821, although permanent settlement was delayed until after the Second Seminole War from 1835 to 1842. When the Civil War ended, Florida experienced a boom in tourism.
The city was founded in 1870 and incorporated in 1876. It was named for its founder, Matthias D. Day. In 1886, the St. Johns & Halifax River Railway arrived in Daytona. The line would be purchased in 1889 by Henry Flagler, who made it part of his Florida East Coast Railway. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged as "Daytona Beach" in 1926, at the urging of civic leader J.B. Kahn and others. By the 1920s, it was dubbed "The World's Most Famous Beach".
Daytona's wide beach of smooth, compacted sand attracted automobile and motorcycle races beginning in 1902, as pioneers in the industry tested their inventions. On March 8, 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. In 1959, William France created Daytona International Speedway to replace the beach course. Automobiles are still permitted on the beach, although now only at slow speeds.
"The World's Most Famous Beach"
The city and its beaches, lined with hotels, motels, condominiums and houses, attract over 8,000,000 tourists each year. In a wide variety of price ranges, hotel and motel rooms are typically plentiful except during special events. Daytona Beach has high security around its main hotel locations, with multiple cameras filming hotel and beach areas. It is one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach. Most other driving beaches require 4 wheel drive or other special equipment.
During motorcycle events (Bike Week and Biketoberfest), several hundred thousand bikers from all over the world visit the greater Daytona Beach area. While the city is often associated with spring break, the efforts of the local government to discourage rowdiness, combined with the rise of other spring break destinations, have nearly ended Daytona's former preeminence as a spring break destination.
Special events that draw visitors to Daytona Beach include:
- Speedweeks (Daytona 500 NASCAR race, Rolex 24 sports car race, and others)
- Coke Zero 400, NASCAR race on or around July 4 (Traditionally called the Pepsi 400 or Firecracker 400)
- Daytona Beach Bike Week Daytona 200 motorcycle race in March
- Biketoberfest in October
- Turkey Run car show and events during Thanksgiving weekend (Traditionally called the Turkey Rod Run)
- Black College Reunion (BCR) (date varies)
- Spring break (date varies, usually the first and second week of March)
Daytona Beach is also home to the headquarters of NASCAR, Grand-Am, International Speedway Corporation and the LPGA.
Geography and climate
Daytona Beach is located at 29°12'26?N 81°02'16?W? / ?29.207309, -81.037900. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 64.93 mi² (168.17 km²). of which 58.68 square miles (152 km²)is land and 6.25 square miles (16 km²) is water. Water is 9.6% of the total area.
The city of Daytona Beach is split in two by the Halifax River lagoon, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, and sits on the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered on the north by Holly Hill and Ormond Beach and on the south by Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona and Port Orange. The major highways that serve the city are the east-west Interstate 4 and the north-south Interstate 95, which intersect near the city. Other major roads in the city include US 92/International Speedway Boulevard, US 1/Ridgewood Avenue and A1A/Atlantic Avenue.
Daytona Beach has a humid subtropical climate, typical of the southeastern United States. Summers are hot and humid with highs usually in the 90s and a heat index often exceeding 100 degrees. Thunderstorms are frequent in summer afternoons and the hot, humid weather can last right through the fall months. Winters are dry and mild, marked by a constant series of cold fronts and warm-ups. Temperatures dip into the low 30s and upper 20s on occasion, and freezes are not uncommon. Frost occurs a few times a year mainly in the inland areas, but is rare along the beaches. Snowfall is very rare. Temperatures in spring are famously pleasant with warm afternoons, cool evenings, and far less humidity. This beach-going weather attracts tourists back to the beaches usually by early March.
|Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures|
|Rec High °F||87||89||92||96||100||102||102||100||99||95||89||88|
|Norm High °F||69.7||71.1||75.6||79.8||85||88.8||91||90.1||87.9||82.6||76.9||71.4|
|Norm Low °F||47.1||48.8||53.7||58||64.5||70.6||72.4||72.8||71.9||65.3||57||50.1|
|Rec Low °F||15||24||26||35||44||52||60||65||52||41||27||19|
|Source: USTravelWeather.com |
Hurricanes and Tropical storms
Because of Daytona Beach's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the city has a significant chance of receiving hurricanes and tropical storms every hurricane season. However, prior to 2004, major hurricanes are only recorded as skirting by the coast of Daytona Beach without any direct hits.
Hurricane Floyd passed along the Florida coast in September 1999, which caused significant beach erosion and collapsed about 800 ft. section of the Daytona Beach Pier.
The 2004 Hurricane season was particularly tumultuous in the Daytona Beach area. Hurricane Charley was a very fast-moving, compact storm, which made landfall near Port Charlotte, Florida, on August 13, swept across the state and hit Daytona Beach from the inland before reentering the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Frances was a very large storm in size, which moved made landfall at Hutchinson Island South, Florida (near Port St. Lucie, Florida) in the early hours of September 5, and caused a significant amount of collateral damage. Portions of Daytona Beach were without electricity or phone service for ten days following Frances due to downed lines or shorted transformers. Just three weeks later, Hurricane Jeanne formed in the Atlantic Ocean and made landfall only six miles from the same spot Frances hit, at Hutchinson Island South, Florida, on September 26. Following the 2004 hurricane season, the names Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne were all retired from use.
Daytona Beach is not immune to the threat of tornadoes. Historical tornado activity is about 33% above the national average. On February 22, 1998 a tornado killed 13 people, injured 36 people, and caused $31 million in damages. Tornadoes also hit the city on Christmas Day, 2006. Some people were injured, but no fatalities were reported. Very significant damage was done to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's campus as the F2 tornado that touched down in Daytona Beach cut through the heart of the campus. It destroyed 50 of the school's 75 aircraft, mostly Cessnas. More info can be found: tornadoes of 2006, and at.
As of 2010, there were 33,920 households out of which 19.5% were vacant. As of 2000, 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.77.
In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 16.6% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years.
In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $25,439, and the median income for a family was $33,514. Males had a median income of $25,705 versus $20,261 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,530. 23.6% of the population and 16.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 34.9% of those under the age of 18 and 12.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Daytona Beach is located roughly at the southern end of the cultural South, so its culture has remained somewhat Southern. The architecture and style of its older homes and buildings and the culture and speech of its older, locally-born inhabitants leaves no doubt as to its cultural Southern roots.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is the primary cultural facility for Daytona Beach and Volusia County. Other museums located in the city include the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Halifax Historical Museum. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is actually a collection of museums and galleries and includes the Klancke Environmental Complex, the Cuban Museum, Root Family Museum featuring one of the largest Coca-Cola(R) collections in the world, the Dow American Gallery and the Bouchelle Center for Decorative Arts which together form what is probably one of the finest collections of furniture and decorative arts in the Southeast. There are also changing exhibitions and a new children's science center planned to open in 2008.
The city to the north (Ormond Beach) includes the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and the city to the south (New Smyrna Beach) includes the renowned Atlantic Center for the Arts also boast several museums and galleries making this region of central Florida something akin to Orlando's Cultural Coast
|Daytona Cubs||FSL, Baseball||Jackie Robinson Ballpark||1993||2|
|Daytona Beach ThunderBirds||af2, Arena football||Ocean Center||2006||0|
In addition to motorsports, Daytona is also the home of the Daytona Cubs, a minor league baseball team of the Florida State League and the Daytona Beach ThunderBirds, an arena football team of the af2.
- The Daytona Beach News-Journal - Online edition of daily newspaper covering the Greater Daytona Beach Area.
- Orlando Sentinel - Newspaper and news site based in Orlando with a bureau covering Daytona Beach and Volusia County.
- WELE, 1380 AM, Ormond Beach, News radio/Shopping Show/Sports
- WNDB, 1150 AM, Daytona Beach, News/Talk/Sports
- WROD, 1340 AM, Daytona Beach, Standards
- WMFJ, 1450 AM, Daytona Beach, Religious
- WJLU, 89.7 FM, Daytona Beach, Religious
- WAPN, 91.5 FM, Daytona Beach, Religious
- WKRO, 93.1 FM, Edgewater, Country
- WCFB, 94.5 FM, Daytona Beach, Urban Adult Contemporary
- WHOG, 95.7 FM, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Classic Rock
- WIKD-LP, 99.1 FM, Daytona Beach, Campus Radio of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- WJHM, 101.9 FM, Daytona Beach, Mainstream Urban
- WVYB, 103.3 FM, Holly Hill, CHR Pop
- FROGFM.COM, Daytona Beach, Country
- REIGNRADIO.COM, Daytona Beach, Christian Rock
- WESH, analog channel 2, digital channel 11, NBC
- WCEU, analog channel 15, digital channel 33, PBS
- Central Florida News 13, Bright House Networks cable channel 13
A large part of the Daytona Beach area economy is involved in the tourist industry. Over 8 million visitors came to the Daytona Beach area in 2004.
The area's economy includes other industries besides tourism, such as manufacturing. Daytona Beach provides a dynamic business environment with opportunities for the development and growth of smaller, home grown businesses and large corporate enterprises. It's a community with a talented and diverse workforce. Daytona Beach has industrial sites within an enterprise zone and sites within a foreign trade zone adjacent to Daytona Beach International Airport. A medical office park provides additional sites. Prime Interstate 4 and Interstate 95 sites are available with excellent access to road, air, rail and water transportation.
Companies and organizations that have their corporate headquarters or a major presence in the area:
- Advanced Ordnance
- Brown & Brown Inc. (Insurance)
- Consolidated Tomoka Land Company
- Crane Cams
- ACT Corporation - Enrichment Industries
- Halifax Health
- International Speedway Corporation
- Gambro-Renal Products
- Ladies Professional Golf Association
- Microflex, Inc.
- Ocean Design
- Piedmont Plastics
- Raydon Corporation
- SunTrust Bank
- X1R (auto lubricants)
- Volusia Mall, 1700 West International Speedway Blvd. The largest shopping mall in Daytona Beach. Anchored by Sears, JC Penney, Macy's, and Dillards.
- Bellair Plaza, 2429 North Atlantic Ave. Bellair Plaza is located on the west side of North Atlantic Avenue (A1A) in Daytona Beach. Bellair is anchored by Bealls, Publix, Ruby Tuesday, and Walgreens.
- Ocean Walk Shoppes, 250 North Atlantic Ave. Open-air shopping center, located in the heart of the beach area.
- Daytona Beach Flea Market, 2987 Bellevue Ave. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the flea market opens its stalls to sell anything and everything including jewelry, produce, clothing, sports equipment and toys. Free parking and free admission.
- Riverfront Marketplace, Beach Street. A group of shops, restaurants and museums that lines Beach Street and the few streets surrounding in downtown Daytona Beach. Across the street is the Saturday Farmer's Market on City Island (next to the public library), the oldest of its kind in Florida.
- Belnova Plaza
- Daytona Mall
- Nova Village Market
- Pelican Bay Shopping Village
- Promenade Shopping Center
- Shops at Beville
- Volusia Point Center
- Volusia Square Shopping Center
- Wal-Mart Super Center
Public primary and secondary education is handled by Volusia County Schools. Daytona Beach has two public traditional high schools, Seabreeze High School and Mainland High School. Some of the larger private schools include Father Lopez Catholic High School.
Colleges and universities
- Bethune-Cookman University
- Daytona Beach College
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach Campus
- The Airline Academy - Offers flight training for pilots and other airline professionals.
- Keiser College
- WyoTech (formerly AMI) Offers automotive repair, motorcycle repair, and marine repair training.
- Phoenix East Aviation - Offers flight training for pilots.
You can fly into Daytona Beach International Airport, which is served by Delta Air Lines, US Airways, Continental Airlines,Vintage Props and Jets, and DayJet. Other airports nearby are Orlando International Airport and Jacksonville International Airport, both of which are approximately an hour away.
- Daytona Beach is served by Greyhound Bus Lines, which has a terminal located at 138 South Ridgewood Avenue (US-1). The Greyhound routes from Daytona Beach connect with hubs in Jacksonville and Orlando.
- VoTran is the local bus service provided by Volusia County. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. A one-day VoTran bus pass costs $3.
- A1A Beachside Trolley operates from January to Labor Day (September) along Atlantic Avenue on the beachside. They are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.
Daytona Beach is easily accessible by I-95 that runs North and South and I-4 connecting Daytona Beach with Orlando and Tampa. U.S. Highway 1 (Ridgewood Avenue) also passes through Daytona Beach. A1A is a scenic North/South route along the beach.
The Volusia County Parking Garage is located at 701 Earl Street at North Atlantic Avenue (A1A). The garage is strategically located, next to the Ocean Center, Daytona Lagoon, and across the street from the Hilton Hotel and Ocean Walk Shoppes. Over one thousand parking spaces are available inside the garage. Pricing varies at different times of the year.
There is also a VOTRAN transfer station (Intermodal Transit Facility - ITF) located inside the garage area.
- Dan Allen, comedian
- Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, musicians
- Vince Carter, professional basketball player
- Ed Charles, former Major League Baseball player
- Bill France, founder of NASCAR
- Ryan Lochte, 2004 Olympic medalist in swimming
- Mary McLeod Bethune, civil rights activist
- Kevin Nash, professional wrestler
- Josef Papp, engineer who was awarded patents related to the development of a fusion engine and claimed to have invented a jet submarine.
- Ron Rice, former owner/founder of Hawaiian Tropic
- Glen "Fireball" Roberts, former NASCAR driver
- David Sholtz, 26th governor of Florida.
- Aileen Wuornos, Serial Killer executed in 2002.
- Mike Skinner, NASCAR driver
- Howard Thurman, author and theologian
- T. K. Wetherell, president of Florida State University
- Robert Wright, musical theater writer
- Lee Apperson, professional body builder and former Mister America
- Fulgencio Batista, 19th Cuban President
- Ransom Eli Olds, Automobile Pioneer
- Smokey Yunick, mechanic and motor racing innovator
- Danielle Harris, actress
Points of interest
- Daytona 500 Experience
- Daytona Beach Bandshell and Oceanfront Park Complex
- Daytona International Speedway
- Daytona Lagoon Water Park
- Halifax Historical Museum
- International Motorsports Hall of Fame
- Jackie Robinson Ballpark
- Main Street Pier
- Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery
- Museum of Arts and Sciences
- News Journal Center
- Seaside Music Theater
- Southeast Museum of Photography
- The Ocean Center
- List of Registered Historic Buildings in Daytona Beach, Florida
- Bayonne, France
The Wyndham Towers along A1A
Daytona Beach Skyline, Halifax River South
Palm Trees along A1A
Seabreeze Boulevard, 2007
A postcard depicting people gathered to watch the races on Daytona Beach, c. 1908
A postcard depicting a Seabreeze street scene, c. 1905
Ducks swimming in the Halifax River, next to the City
Daytona Beach, Fla. shore, facing South
Daytona Beach, Fla. intersection near the shore
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