DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc.
The DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. grew out of the DeLeon Springs Merchant’s Association, a group of local merchants led by Don Malmborg, who wanted to see DeLeon Springs prosper and the downtown corridor improve. Hampered by continual code changes and a lack of modern utility infrastructure, key members of the
group chose to broaden the focus to include the wider community. In 2011, the DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc. was formed and incorporated as a
501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “Making DeLeon Springs A Better Place to Live, Work and Play”. What began as a small group of volunteers, blossomed
into a determined team of committed citizens, with a broad mission that includes a wide range of volunteers across the community, whose dedication
drives our efforts and has accomplished outstanding goals.
Early in our history, we worked with Volusia County to create a District Overlay to define a downtown area, eliminate split zoning along the US Highway 17 corridor,
and worked with Volusia County and FDEP to create the LEAD 1 and LEAD 2 (Local Economic Advancement District) Brownfield Designations,
a historic first for unincorporated Volusia County.
Our volunteers began an aggressive campaign to prod the FDEP to move forward with the excavation of the largest underground fuel plume in the State,
discovered under US Highway 17 in the 1980s, in order to protect the health of our community, safeguard our water supply, and shield our beloved DeLeon Spring
from further petroleum contamination. This advocacy resulted in a four-phased excavation project that began on the west side, progressed to the east side,
and finished with excavation under both north and south bound sections of US Hwy. 17, costing over $14,000,000.
This project was completed in 2014 and residual petroleum constituents continue to be monitored to this day.
Our 12 year drive to modernize the downtown corridor with critical water and wastewater services is now on the horizon! These important changes will help protect the environmental health of our namesake DeLeon Spring, lessoning nitrogen pollution in the Spring. Additionally, these modern business infrastructure improvements will aid in our community's economic recovery by providing new opportunities for business growth and jobs for our citizens. Life safety will be enhanced by the inclusion of desperately needed fire hydrants, a first for DeLeon Springs. These hydrants make fire fighting more effective, and reduce commercial insurance rates for our businesses.
Our annual backpack drives, monthly food donations and Thanksgiving baskets help those in need while our annual Ride Into Reading Third Grade Challenge, and DSCA, Inc. Merit Scholarships promote learn skills and higher education opportunities for our children, the future of DeLeon Springs.
These are lofty goals for a non-profit organization, striving to enhance our tiny, unincorporated community, and our volunteers make it all happen with gusto and good humor, with our motto in focus, “Making DeLeon Springs A Better Place to Live, Work and Play”.