Valdez, Florida

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Unincorporated community
Valdez is located in Volusia County
Coordinates: 28°50′43″N 081°19′20″W / 28.84528°N 81.32222°W / 28.84528; -81.32222Coordinates: 28°50′43″N 081°19′20″W / 28.84528°N 81.32222°W / 28.84528; -81.32222
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Volusia
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
enter ZIP code 32713
Area code(s) 386
GNIS feature ID 292722[1]

Valdez is an unincorporated community[2] located in southwest Volusia County, Florida, within the city limits of DeBary. Valdez is located along U.S. Highway 17-92 (Charles Richard Beall Blvd.) where it intersects with Barwick Road, just north of the St. Johns River.


Valdez was named in honor of Antonio Valdez, the secretary of the Spanish navy in 1787, when the Spanish explored the area.[3] He chose one of his protégés, Lt. Jose del Rio Cossa, to conduct an exploratory survey of Florida's naval store resources. In this survey, Cossa created an enormous map in which he renamed Lake George (now Lake Monroe) to Laguana Valdez. Although this name did not persist, pre-American land deeds referred to what is now Lake Monroe as Valdez.[4]

In 1928, Florida Power & Light began constructing a power plant in Valdez on the north shore of the St. Johns river.[3]

Lake Valdez
1826 Map of Central Florida showing Lake Valdez in place of what is now Lake Monroe


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". USGS. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Koslow, Bob (7 August 2001). "Big City People Escape to a Small Town". Daytona Beach News-Journal. 
  4. ^ Franke, Arthur E., Jr. (1986). Volusia: The West Side. DeLand, Florida: West Volusia Historical Society. pp. 373–374.