DeBary, Florida

DeBary, Florida

DeBary with a population of approximately twenty thousand people in an area of twenty-five square miles is one of the youngest cities in Volusia County and starts with the natural advantage of a splendid location on the northern bank of the beautiful St. John’s River.

The River City
A City of DeBary welcome sign calling the vicinity ‘The River City’ boasting of its natural advantage of a location on the northern bank of the St. John’s River. File photo: Pelow Media, Shutter Stock, licensed.

About The Community

Residents have joined with local authorities to underline their city’s attachment to environmental conservation through the Florida Forever program, a land conservation program created in July 2001. DeBary has an impressive number of historic oak trees and picturesque banks along the St. Johns River.


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Lake Monroe Park
Lake Monroe county park offers residents and visitors boat ramps, camping, playground, trails, picnic areas, fishing docks and a pavilion. File photo: Pelow Media, Shutter Stock, licensed.


The Gemini Springs Park is one of 12 in DeBary, and says much about the spirit of this relatively new and ultra-modern town. Two natural springs are at the heart of the Park that is spread over more than 210 acres. Residents can enjoy the rare pleasures of horse-back riding and canoeing. Children love the many picnic spots that are offered in Gemini Springs Park. The Department responsible for the Parks leaves no stone unturned to encourage outdoor activity by the people it serves. It conducts a weekly Social for Senior Citizens, runs a Youth Soccer League and organizes a series of events for the youth every summer.

Gemini Springs Park, completed in 1996, is situated on bayou northwest of Lake Monroe. File photo: jctabb, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Hard-nosed commercial acumen goes hand-in-hand with DeBary’s abiding commitment to the environment. The Economic Development Advisory Committee has adopted a thoroughly professional approach to marketing DeBary’s charms as a business destination. A special fund is available for entrepreneurs who establish new enterprises with jobs in DeBary. DeBary gives contracts for civic services to a large extent: this keeps fixed costs near the bone and gets residents quality and responsive service.

Vicinity of DeBary



Additional Details

Though DeBary children must still travel to a neighboring town for High School, an Elementary School is now available within city limits. The modern outlook of DeBary does not inhibit it from respecting the past. Some Parks are named after prominent citizens. The DeBary Hall Historic Site figures in the National Register. The 19th century structure has been restored and is kept in excellent condition. It is not just a silent monument, but is in active use. Most residents have many opportunities to visit its gracious 8 thousand square feet of classic European architecture as well as being used for public events on a regular basis.

De Bary City Hall where City Council Meetings are held.

Security and law enforcement have due importance in DeBary’s community agenda. A neighborhood watch system operates in close connection with an emergency response system. The town ties in with the security mechanism of Volusia County. Every attempt is made to enjoin public participation in keeping DeBary safe from any untoward incident or foreseeable emergency.

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