New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach Is an internationally recognized surfing location and arts community with a diverse business profile including hospitality, retail, services, construction, and manufacturing. An area prime for growth is at the Interstate 95/S.R. 44 interchange. A number of outparcels are available at the Wal-Mart site in the NW quadrant, with large tracts to be developed in the other quadrants. The City’s airport has three active runways (the longest is 5,000 feet) with an air traffic control tower, and is classified as a General Aviation-Reliever, Regional Airport. The airport industrial park has several undeveloped lots. Businesses located in New Smyrna Beach include Advanced Machining, Inc. (a CNC precision machine shop); Better Barricades (construction and design services); Reddy Ice (packaged ice); Griswold Water Systems (water filters); Vern’s Insulation; Momentive Performance Materials (caulking); Goss Inc. (gas torch products); American Aero Restoration (vintage aircraft restoration); Baker Aviation (aircraft service work); Daugherty Manufacturing (tornado/hurricane shelters, custom truck bodies); Tiger Composites Inc. (aviation and composite products); AdventHealth New Smyrna (a 112-bed, acute care hospital); and AdventHealth Memorial Medical Center New Smyrna Health Park (outpatient imaging, rehab, lab and medical offices). The City has a number of incentives to help businesses grow, including a property tax exemption program and on-site “City Ready” staff reviews to expedite permitting.
About the Area
New Smyrna Beach occupies a notable place in history as the site of the largest single attempt at colonial settlement in what is now the United States. Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and entrepreneur, obtained a grant of land from the British Crown. In 1768 he established a colony of 1,225 immigrants on the coastal plantations at New Smyrna, with a view toward the commercial production of such crops as corn, indigo, rice, hemp, and cotton. The land that the Turnbull colonists settled is located along the west bank of the Indian River, opposite one of coastal east Florida's relatively few inlets.
For some 10,000 years before the arrival of the Europeans, Native Americans inhabited the area, initially on a nomadic basis and later in more sedentary camps and villages. Until the early twentieth century, the coastline was strewn with mounds of ancient refuse that testified to the presence of the Indians. Most of the mounds were destroyed, the shell used for roads and building construction material. However, much evidence of prehistoric habitation remains hidden under ground and water within the corporate limits of New Smyrna Beach and beyond.
Quality of Life
A new series of public service announcements, developed by the Florida League of Cities for use by Florida cities, illustrates how cities are vital to our state's quality of life. This series of video messages is intended to remind Floridians of all the ways cities, and the public services they provide, enrich their lives daily.
"Most people focus their political energies on what's happening in Washington, D.C. or in Tallahassee, but in fact it is our cities that have the most direct impact on our daily lives," said Joy Cooper, president, Florida League of Cities and Mayor of Hallandale Beach. "Service delivery sometimes goes unnoticed by the general public. Everything from effective police and fire safety and efficient garbage collection to well-maintained roads designed with well-timed traffic lights are among the most important City services provided to citizens."