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NATURAL BEAUTY — The 128-acre parcel Volusia County and the City of DeLand are purchasing will be turned into a conservation area and passive park. The park will sport walking trails and access to Lake Moore.

DeLand is one step closer to having a 128-acre conservation area after the City Commission approved a purchase agreement Jan. 17. DeLand will shell out $1.29 million, while Volusia County, through the Volusia Forever conservation program, will cover the remaining $3 million for the property currently owned by the Ford family.

The city plans to turn the large property into a passive park where people can enjoy the trails, Lake Moore and the “pristine and beautiful” parcel, as City Manager Michael Pleus described it.

The wide parcel, with its upland pine and scrubby flatlands, will be left largely undisturbed.

“We’re not going to build any facilities on it or anything,” Pleus added.

The city commissioners were ecstatic about the project.

“It’s a nice change of pace to be hopefully approving a purchase of land to keep natural versus approving it to all be taken down and developed,” Mayor Chris Cloudman said. “I for one appreciate it, and I know a lot of the residents do as well.”

The purchase agreement for the Lake Moore property was unanimously approved by the City Commission. The next step is for Volusia County to approve its end of the bargain at the next Volusia County Council meeting, Feb. 7.

“Once closed, the county will transfer ownership to the City,” City Manager Pleus explained. He anticipates the city will own the property by the beginning of March.


  1. I was wondering if any one knows about the status of Lake Gertie? I see how beautiful it is there and there is a huge bird population that settles into the trees. I keep hoping it is protected.

  2. Finally!!! As a lifelong resident of DeLand , it looks like we are finally heading in the right direction! Thank you Mayor Cloudman !


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