Frequently Asked Questions

About the Downtown Development Authority

Q: What is the Downtown Development Authority?

A: Recognizing the need to ensure its economic vitality and competitiveness with newer shopping areas in Volusia County, the Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was formed in 1972 at the request downtown property owners.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a taxing authority and a dependent, special district of The City of Daytona Beach. The Authority was created by a special act of the State and codified in the City’s Charter. The DDA has broad powers to initiate and implement redevelopment programs to remedy the deterioration of property values in Downtown.

Q: What are the Downtown Development Authority boundaries?

A. The DDA boundaries encompasses the core commercial area of Downtown Daytona Beach, from Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Avenue on the north to Live Oak Avenue on the south and from Segrave Street on the west to center of the Halifax River on the west. The boundaries also extend along Beach Street from Fairview Avenue on the north to Marina Point on the south. (See DDA map.)

Q: How is the DDA funded?

A. The DDA currently levies an additional one mill tax on Downtown properties, which provides about $100,000 in annual revenue.

Q: What does DDA do?

A. The DDA’s focus is the promotion and marketing of Downtown. The DDA maintains this website and develops and organizes several collaborative advertising campaigns that promote and market Downtown Daytona Beach.