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Ponce Inlet, Florida
—  Town  —
Ponce de León Inlet Light

Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°5′41″N 80°56′33″W / 29.09472°N 80.9425°W / 29.09472; -80.9425
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Volusia
Incorporated 1963
 - Total 14.6 sq mi (38 km2)
 - Land 4.3 sq mi (11.2 km2)
 - Water 10.3 sq mi (26.8 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,513
 - Density 172.1/sq mi (66.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32127
Area code(s) 386
FIPS code 12-58200[1]
GNIS feature ID 0289178[2]

Ponce Inlet is a town in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,513 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,178.[3]

The Town of Ponce Inlet is located on the southern tip of a beach peninsula, south of Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores. Several marinas are located in Ponce Inlet, which is considered one of the area's prime fishing spots. The area is prized by residents for its relaxed lifestyle and natural, uncrowded beaches.


The lighthouse

Completed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved, most complete Light Stations in the nation.

Visited by over 80,000 people each year, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The lighthouse tower and museum are located 12 miles south of Daytona Beach and are open to the public year round. The lighthouse is close to Orlando attractions, historic St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest lighthouse in the nation. Visitors who climb the 175-foot-tall lighthouse tower are treated to a magnificent view of the Florida coastline and Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach.

The lighthouse keepers' dwellings and other historic light station buildings are now home to the lighthouse museum, with exhibits on lighthouse life, lighthouse and Fresnel lens restoration, the keepers and their families, Daytona Beach and Florida history, and shipwrecks. The Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building houses one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world, including the rotating first order Fresnel lens from the Cape Canaveral lighthouse and the restored original Ponce Inlet lighthouse first order Fresnel lens.


Aerial view

Ponce Inlet is on a peninsula at 29°5′41″N 80°56′33″W / 29.09472°N 80.9425°W / 29.09472; -80.9425 (29.094744, -80.942599),[4] adjacent to the Ponce de León Inlet, and between the Halifax River and Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.0 km² (14.7 mi²). 11.2 km² (4.3 mi²) of it is land and 26.8 km² (10.3 mi²) of it (70.48%) is water.

Law and government


Local government

Ponce Inlet is organized with a council-manager form of government; voters elect a Town Council which consists of five members who serve two-year, staggered terms. All five seats including the Mayor are town-wide, there are no districted seats.The Town Council establishes ordinances and policies for the town. It also reviews and approves the town budget annually. The Council appoints a Town Manager, who carries out the will of the Council and handles day-to-day business.

Local elected officials

  • Mayor, Seat 1 - Tony Goudie
  • Vice-Mayor Seat 2 - Kris Derr
  • Councilmember Seat 3 - Tom Rutledge
  • Councilmember Seat 4 - Barbara Davis
  • Councilmember Seat 5 - Tami Lewis
  • Interim Town Manager (appointed) - Jeaneen Clauss

Federal, state and county representation

Ponce Inlet is in the 24th Congressional District and is part of Florida's 27th Legislative District.

Florida's 24th congressional district, covering portions of Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County, and Volusia County, is represented by Suzanne Kosmas (D). Florida is represented in the Senate by Mel Martinez (R, Orlando) and Bill Nelson (D, Orlando).

The 27th legislative district of the Florida Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Evelyn J. Lynn (R, Ormond Beach) and in the State House of Representatives by Dwayne L. Taylor (D, Daytona Beach). The Governor of Florida is Charlie Crist (R, St. Petersburg). The Lieutenant Governor of Florida is Jeff Kottkamp (R, Cape Coral).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,513 people, 1,206 households, and 883 families residing in the town. The population density was 224.1/km² (580.1/mi²). There were 2,043 housing units at an average density of 182.2/km² (471.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.73% White, 0.60% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 1,206 households out of which 11.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.38.

In the town the population was spread out with 10.1% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 15.6% from 25 to 44, 38.2% from 45 to 64, and 32.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,112, and the median income for a family was $58,828. Males had a median income of $42,188 versus $31,989 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,518. About 3.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

Brown pelicans at the harbor
  • Marine Science Center
  • Lighthouse Point Park
  • Ponce Inlet Jetty
  • Timucuan Oaks Botanical Garden
  • Marinas:
* Adventure Yacht Harbor Inc.
* Inlet Harbor Marina
* Sea Love Marina


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
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  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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