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Voted Best in America’s Main Streets

DELAND — A vibrant downtown filled with murals, antique stores, restaurants, sculptures and coffee shops surrounds the corner of New York Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.  The life of this place propelled it to be recognized in a national competition, America’s Main Street, on Monday.

DeLand and its MainStreet DeLand Association were named as best downtown among 242 main streets in 48 states competing for the title. More than 300,000 votes were cast, according to city spokesman Chris Graham.
“DeLand is just an awesome place to live,” said Cam Amici, owner of Dressed Boutique and South of New York Market. “It’s an awesome place to own a business.”

“So many people have worked over the years to build Main Street DeLand into what it is today, and this award validates all of that effort. It’s an honor, and I couldn’t be more proud to say that I live, work and play in the home of America’s Main Street,” said DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar in a prepared statement.

(Cited from The News-Journal, “Downtown DeLand takes America’s Main Street title”.  Link HERE)

Thriving Community

The scenic downtown campus of Florida’s oldest private college, Stetson University, boasts tree-shaded streets adorned with handsome homes, and has been classified as a National Historic District. Stetson’s presence enhances the community’s rich cultural offerings with theater, recitals, museums and a vibrant speakers program, all adding spice to the sweetness of small town life.

The downtown area is filled with notable gift shops, fine restaurants, and art and antique galleries. In fact, the historic downtown buildings themselves are so attractive, a virtual tour has been created just for them. (Click HERE to see the virtual tour in a new browser window.)

Attractions

You need not travel far to have fun boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, or fishing on the wonderful St. Johns River, or at one of the nearby state parks. Click here to visit the DeLand Chamber of Commerce, which offers a variety of links to recreation and other features of the area. And with the warm climate, golfers will love the championship courses in Volusia County. Within a short drive are some of the best destinations in Florida, if not the entire world. Daytona Beach’s glorious Atlantic shores and auto-racing attractions are a mere 25 minutes away. A little further up the coast is St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. About an hour south of DeLand, you’ll find the theme parks and world-class attractions of Orlando.

    

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