110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted Dec 11, 2013 - 5:28:02pm
Is a poor image affecting Deltona’s ability to attract businesses and employers that would improve the local economy and keep residents’ shopping dollars at home?
It depends on whom you ask.
DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nick Conte, who lives in Deltona with his wife and children, is calling on Deltona civic leaders and residents to take an honest look at perceptions of the city, from inside and out.
"I think you have to look at yourself. I think a number of competitors use that against them," Conte said. "I think there's old history that holds them back."
Along with problems with infrastructure, personnel problems and attempts to institute questionable ordinances (during Dennis Mulder's tenure as mayor), Deltona has been prominent in the news more recently because of vigorous enforcement of its sign ordinance, to the point of citing a business owner who placed a Toys for Tots sign in front of her pet-grooming shop without first obtaining a permit from City Hall.
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