The first inhabitants of southwest Volusia County were Nomadic Timucuans who found fish and fresh water plentiful in the area. After Florida became a state in 1845, steamboats began to make regular trips up the St. Johns River to Lake Monroe.
The City operates under a Commission-Manager form of government consisting of 7 elected officials and an appointed City Manager. Residents elect, through non-partisan elections, a Mayor who represents the City at-large and six Commission members who each represent a specific district of the community. Elected officials serve staggered, 4-year terms, with a limit of two successive 4-year terms.