New Smyrna Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 20,048 according to the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 23,161.
New Smyrna Beach from observation deck on top of Ponce de León Inlet Light
|Nickname(s): Florida's Secret Pearl|
|Motto: Cygnus Inter Anates|
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
|- Type||Commission- Manager|
|- Mayor||Adam Barringer|
|- Total||30.8 sq mi (79.7 km2)|
|- Land||27.7 sq mi (71.7 km2)|
|- Water||3.1 sq mi (8 km2)|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|- Density||648.4/sq mi (250.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|- Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0287692|
The area was settled in 1768, when Scottish physician Dr. Andrew Turnbull established the colony of "New Smyrna." The colony occupies a notable place in history by being the single largest attempt by a member of the British Crown at colonization in the New World. Turnbull transplanted around 1500 settlers, from Minorca, Majorca, Ibiza, Smyrna, Crete, Mani Peninsula, and Sicily, to grow hemp, sugarcane, indigo, and to produce rum. The colony suffered major losses due to insect-borne diseases and Native American raids; and tensions grew due to mistreatment by Turnbull. Due to these complications, the remaining colonists marched north to St. Augustine along the Old King's Highway, to claim mistreatment by Turnbull to the Governor of Florida in St. Augustine in 1777; then a British protectorate.. Soon after, St. Augustine was returned to the Spanish, and Turnbull abandoned his colony for life in Charleston, South Carolina.
The St. Photios National Shrine on St. John's Street in St. Augustine, Florida, honors the settlers of New Smyrna, who were the first Greek Orthodox followers in North America. The historical exhibit adjoining the Chapel tells the moving story of their plight in great detail, with accompanying exhibits.
The area was then only sparsely populated due to the frequent raids by Seminole Indians. During the American Civil War in the 1860s the still-standing "Stone Wharf" was shelled by Union gunboats. In 1887, the Town of New Smyrna was incorporated with a population of 150. In 1892, the arrival of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway lead to an increase in the area's population and a boom in its economy, which was based on tourism, citrus, and commercial fishing industries.
During prohibition in the 1920s the city and its river islands were popular sites for moonshine stills and hideouts for rumrunners coming in from the Bahamas through Mosquito Inlet, now Ponce de León Inlet. "New Smyrna" became "New Smyrna Beach" in 1947, when the city annexed the seaside community of Coronado Beach. Today, it is a bustling resort town of over 20,000 permanent residents, with over 1,000,000 visitors annually.
Like its Spanish partner to the north, St. Augustine, New Smyrna has stood under four flags: first the British, then the Spanish, then the American flag in 1845, followed by the Confederate Jack, and finally replaced the Stars and Stripes again.
See also: New Smyrna Beach Historic District
The Ocean House c. 1906
Bank corner in 1914
Battle-scarred tree in 1909
Whales on beach in 1908
New Smyrna Beach is located at(29.030563, -80.925307). The city's motto is "cygnus inter anates", which is Latin for "a swan among ducks." The city is located in the Fun Coast region of the state of Florida.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 79.7 km2 (30.8 mi2). 71.7 km2 (27.7 mi2) of it is land and 8.0 km2 (3.1 mi2) of it (10.04%) is water. The city is bordered by the city of Port Orange to the northwest, unincorporated Volusia County the north, the census designated place of Samsula-Spruce Creek to the west, and the city of Edgewater, Bethune Beach, and the Canaveral National Seashore to the south. Bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, New Smyrna Beach is on the Indian River.
The city is crossed by Interstate 95, U.S. Route 1, U.S. Route 1A, Florida State Road 5, Florida State Road 44 and Florida State Road 442.
Like the rest of Florida north of Lake Okeechobee, New Smyrna Beach enjoys a humid subtropical(Koppen, Cfa) climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild, mostly dry winters. New Smyrna Beach, like many coastal locations on peninsular Florida, is also home to several tropical microclimates where Coconut Palm and Banana can grow to maturity and fruit. Although four seasons are thought to be present by some, this area is normally dominated by two distinct seasons: the rainy season, from April until November, and the shorter dry season, from November to March. Spring and autumn are normally too subtle to be noticed as the majority of trees here are not deciduous, and therefore do not lose their leaves. Although it can be chilly and damp during the winter, the temperatures very rarely drop below freezing, and temperatures usually remain comfortable during the winter. The city has only recorded snowfall three times in its 250 year history. The summers, on the other hand, are very long and hot, with ferocious thunderstorms in the afternoon, as central Florida is the lightning capital of the Americas. The growing season is twelve months, USDA hardiness zone is 9b. Dangers include hurricanes from June until November, and Nor'easters in the winter.
As of the census of 2010, there were 22,464 people, 11,074 households, and 6,322 families residing in the city. The population density was 724.1 inhabitants per square mile (279.5/km2). There were 16,647 housing units at an average density of 491.9 per square mile (189.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White, 5.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.
There were 11,074 households, out of which 14.8% had own children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.54.
The median income for a household in the city was $49,625, and the median income for a family was $62,267. Males had a median income of $38,132 versus $32,087 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,013. About 10.9% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
All public Education is run by Volusia County Schools.
- Chisholm Elementary
- Coronado Beach Elementary
- Read-Pattillo Elementary
- Sacred Heart Elementary (Private)
- New Smyrna Beach Middle School
- New Smyrna Beach High School
Named one of "America's Top Small Cities for The Arts," New Smyrna Beach is home to the Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists-in-residence community and educational facility, the Harris House, the Little Theatre and Arts on Douglas. Arts shows featuring visual and performing arts occur throughout the year.
Public health and safety
According to the International Shark Attack File maintained by the University of Florida, Volusia County Florida had more confirmed shark bites than any other region in the world in 2007. Experts from the University of Florida have referred to the county as having the "dubious distinction as the world’s shark bite capital". This trend has continued into 2008 with 19 confirmed shark attacks as of September. In early 2008, Forbes Magazine rated New Smyrna Beach North America's top shark attack beach over North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii. In 2008, it again broke its own record with 24 shark bites. In December 2008, Maxim magazine ran an article called Shark Beach, that pointed out New Smyrna's dubious distinction.
Elected city government officials include:
- Adam Barringer – Mayor
- Judy Reiker – Zone 1 Commissioner
- J.S. Grasty – Zone 2 Commissioner
- James W. Hathaway – Zone 3 Commissioner
- Lynne Plaskett – Zone 4 Commissioner
James Jackson NSB DB Edinboro (college football player), Je-Marc Sears NSB TE Tennessee State (college football player), Joe Johnson NSB DB Marshall (college football player), Michael Klein NSB LB Jacksonville (college football player)
- Aaron Cormican, Professional Surfer
- Joseph Barbara, actor
- Dallas Baker, football player
- Tony Stevens, bass guitarist for British band Foghat
- Emory L. Bennett, decorated soldier
- The Beu Sisters, musical group
- Laura Alicia Brown, golfer
- Al Capone, gangster and crime boss
- Truett Cathy, restaurant franchise founder and author
- Wes Chandler, football player
- Joyce Cusack, politician
- Johnny Damon, baseball player
- David Faustino, child actor
- Darrell Fullington, football player
- Kathie Lee Gifford, talk show host
- Suzanne Kosmas, congresswoman
- Walter M. Miller, Jr., science fiction writer
- Jack Mitchell, photographer
- Harold Nichols, football player
- Bob Ross painter and philanthropist, died in New Smyrna Beach
- Sarah Stewart, cancer researcher
- John Travolta, actor
- Daniel Veltri, chef and winner of Hell's Kitchen
- Neil Young, musician/songwriter
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