In what is supposed to be the start of an annual tradition in Deltona, Mayor Heidi Herzberg delivered her first — and Deltona’s first — “State of the City” address Oct. 28.

Approximately 100 guests attended the breakfast meeting at The Center at Deltona.

The presentation highlighted the economic development that has occurred in the largest city in Volusia County, especially in the past two to three years, and the expectations for the near future.

Central to Deltona’s economic development are the Halifax Health hospital now nearing completion at the interchange of Interstate 4 and Howland Boulevard, the construction of a free-standing emergency department by AdventHealth, and, not least, the development of a 1.4-million-square-foot warehouse and trucking complex — rumored to be an Amazon distribution center — between I-4 and North Normandy Boulevard.

The identity of the owner and user of the property is under wraps, pursuant to a confidentiality agreement between the city and the incoming client.

In addition, Deltona has chalked up improvements in transportation and beautification, while a boom in new home construction is playing out to meet a growing demand.

“2020 is the 25th anniversary of Deltona as a city,” Herzberg said. “As you can see, the state of our city is strong.”

Herzberg became mayor in November 2018, just days after the election.

Prior to becoming the city’s top elected official, she served two four-year terms as a city commissioner representing District 3.

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STANDING AMONG HER EQUALS — Deltona Mayor Heidi Herzberg takes her place at the center of a cadre of local leaders attending her State of the City address.From left to right are Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley, Deltona City Commissioner Maritza Avila-Vazquez, Vice Mayor Victor Ramos, Commissioner Loren King, Mayor Herzberg, City Manager Jane Shang, Commissioners Anita Bradford and Chris Nabicht, Assistant City Manager Marc-Antonie Cooper, and County Council Vice Chair Fred Lowry.