About This Place
Belle Isle is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,531 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2006, the city had a population of 6,457. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The area now known as Belle Isle was first inhabited by the Timucua 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.
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.