NSB, History and Development of New Smyrna Beach

NSB, History and Development of New Smyrna Beach

Many NSB Watch fans from around the world frequently ask us about New Smyrna Beach, our home. We decided to explain it’s history for everyone to enjoy.

New Smyrna Beach (NSB) is a coastal city located in Volusia County, Florida. The history of NSB dates back to the late 18th century when Spanish explorer Andrew Turnbull established a colony on the east coast of Florida. The colony, known as New Smyrna, was primarily composed of indentured servants from the Mediterranean region, including Greece and Italy.

In the early 19th century, the colony struggled due to disease, hostile relations with the Seminole Indians, and a lack of resources. Many of the settlers left the colony, but some remained and established a small community.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, NSB began to develop as a tourist destination. The city's location on the Atlantic coast and its proximity to other Florida attractions such as Daytona Beach and Orlando helped to attract visitors. The construction of the Florida East Coast Railway in the late 19th century also made it easier for tourists to reach the city.

In the 1920s and 1930s, NSB experienced a real estate boom as developers began to build hotels, motels, and beach houses. This development attracted more tourists and also helped to establish NSB as a permanent community.

During World War II, NSB played a significant role in the war effort. The city was home to a naval air station that trained pilots and also served as a base for anti-submarine patrols. The air station was decommissioned after the war, but it was later re-opened as a civilian airport.

In the post-war years, NSB continued to grow as a tourist destination. The city's beaches and warm climate drew visitors from all over the country, and many retirees began to settle in the area. The city also became a popular spot for sport fishing, and the annual New Smyrna Beach Inshore Fishing Tournament, held every year since the 1950s, became a major event.

NSB experienced another real estate boom in the 1960s and 1970s as retirees and vacationers flocked to the area. This led to the development of several new neighborhoods and an increase in the city's population.

In recent years, NSB has continued to grow and develop. The city has become a popular spot for water sports such as surfing and kayaking, and new restaurants and shops have opened. The city's historic downtown area, which features preserved buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century, has also been revitalized and is now a popular spot for visitors.

NSB has a rich history, from its colonial beginnings to its current status as a popular tourist and retiree destination. The city has faced its challenges, but it has always been able to adapt and grow. Today, NSB is known for its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and friendly community. It continues to be a beloved spot for visitors and residents alike.