Belle Isle, Florida

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Not to be confused with Belle Isle (Miami Beach).
City of Belle Isle, Florida
City
BelleIsleCityHall.png
Official seal of City of Belle Isle, Florida
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Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°27′52″N 81°21′1″W / 28.46444°N 81.35028°W / 28.46444; -81.35028Coordinates: 28°27′52″N 81°21′1″W / 28.46444°N 81.35028°W / 28.46444; -81.35028
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Orange
Incorporated 1924
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • Manager Keith Severns
 • Mayor William G. Brooks
Area
 • Total 5.1 sq mi (13.2 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7.2 km2)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,988
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32809, 32812
Area code(s) 407
FIPS code 12-05300[1]
GNIS feature ID 0278447[2]
Website www.cityofbelleislefl.org

Belle Isle is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,988 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Introduction to Belle Isle, Florida

Belle Isle, Florida, in Orange county, is 5 miles S of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 75 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. Part of the surrounding Orlando metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Belle Isle is home to some 5,531 residents. Belle Isle History

Belle Isle was originally settled in sometime during the 9th century by the Timucua, an American Indian tribe. The city had an organized government for the first time in 1924. The first mayor was C.H. Hoffner. This government lasted till 1938. The government was activated again in 1954 and has been functioning since then. From 2003 onwards, the city has been managed by a council-manager government. Belle Isle and nearby Attractions

Lake Conway Lagoon Park Perkins Boat Ramp Swann Beach Belle Isle Activities

The Lagoon Park is home to many types of birds and other varieties of wildlife. It is perfect for family picnics with its open grassy areas and pond. The Perkins Boat Ramp offers facilities for recreational water sports. The Swann Beach serves as a swimming beach, as well as a park.

History[edit]

The area now known as Belle Isle was first inhabited by the Timucua people around the 9th century. The first organized government of Belle Isle was established in 1924, with C. H. Hoffner as the community's first mayor. This government lasted until 1938, when it was deactivated. Belle Isle was re-established in 1954, and has been running continuously since.[4]

Since 2003, Belle Isle has run under a council-manager government, with the mayor being a strictly ceremonial position. Seven commissioners are elected to represent their respective districts on the city council. All elected officials serve three year terms without compensation.[4]

In 2009, the City of Belle Isle established its own police department, which would take over the area's jurisdiction from the Orange County Sheriff. The incorporation of the department has almost doubled the total number of city employees, increasing the number from 11 to 20.

Geography[edit]

Belle Isle is located at 28°27′52″N 81°21′01″W / 28.464582°N 81.350391°W / 28.464582; -81.350391.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.2 km2). 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.2 km2) of it (54.42%) is water.[6]

The city of Belle Isle is particularly close to Orlando International Airport, being only three miles northwest of it; Orlando itself is only five miles north. Belle Isle is the location of Lake Conway, one of Greater Orlando's largest lakes. The southern portion of Little Lake Conway, another large lake, is also in Belle Isle.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,531 people, 2,199 households, and 1,618 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,873.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,106.5/km²). There were 2,299 housing units at an average density of 1,194.3 per square mile (459.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.36% White, 1.88% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.98% of the population.

Clock before city hall

There were 2,199 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $65,155, and the median income for a family was $68,571. Males had a median income of $47,394 versus $32,150 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,087. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

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