South Daytona’s recorded history dates back to the late-19th century. Back then, it was a farming community known as Blake. In the 1920s, the City of Daytona Beach was created through the consolidation of three smaller towns. Daytona Beach then began to annex its neighbors and Blake subsequently lost its independence through that process. Ten years later, Blake broke away from Daytona Beach and incorporated as South Daytona.
Today, South Daytona is a thriving residential community with about 14,000 residents. The town’s history of independence and civic action still influences the culture, as residents remain involved with the ongoing development of their town. It is an accepted mission that South Daytona keeps its small-town flavor, even as it positions itself for a strong future.
In addition to the parks and local shopping and dining venues, there are several regional attractions and landmarks nearby. Residents can take advantage of the proximity of golf courses, beaches, malls, historic sites and museums to fill up their leisure time. The Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Halifax Historical Museum are both located in Daytona Beach. Other sites include Ponce Inlet’s Lighthouse Point Park and Marine Science Center and the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach. These attractions are complemented by a huge selection of restaurants, shops and nightlife which serves a strong regional tourism market.
South Daytona has a tropical climate, characterized by rainy summer months and mild winters. Year-round temperature averages range from the mid-60s in January to the low-90s in July. Annual precipitation is typically about 50 inches, with September being the rainiest month of the year.
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