Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 16 feet above sea level.
(From observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)
Annual January April July October
Growing season: In a 36-year period, the U. S. leather Bureau recorded only
seven killing frosts in Spring and eight killing frosts in Fall.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: No timber is available in the immediate vicinity.
Minerals: Road rock, marl, muck, red sand and white sand are available in
Agricultural products: Snap beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash and egg plant.
Between 200 and 250 acres are under cultivation within the corporate limits.
Other: Commercial fishing.
Part B---General EcQnomv
Negroes in county
Negroes in city
Native-born white; Negro.
Unions: Employees of the U. S. Army Air Base and the Boca Raton Club, Inc.,
3. Retail Market:
General: Boca Raton is the retail trade center for the immediate vicinity
Buying Income per family in county, $3,053.*
retail food store sales in county, 619,981,000.*
retail general merchandise store sales in county, $6,534,000.*
retail drug store sales in county, $2,908,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES IAIAUAGLiENT Survey of Buying Power.
duction not licensed.
General: No manufacturing industries are established in Boca Raton.
Officials: Mayor, J. C. iMitchell; City Clerk, Fred C. Aiken; City Attorney,
Tilliam F. Finch.
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part A---Natural Resources
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
1. Administration: (Cont.)
Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, city engineer, park and recreation board,
planning board, zoning board, street department and water department.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 7 mills; debt service, 4 mills.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 7 mills; debt service,
City basis of assessment: 90% of actual value of land and 40% of actual
value of improvements.
Total assessed value of real property in city: .4,390,869.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: Liquor licenses and garbage collection tax.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 23.01 mills; debt service, 5.35 mills.
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15.21 mills; debt
service, 6.01 mills.
Bonded debt: City, ;.50,000; county, 0.
Part D---Community FEacjities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City street, trunk water main and zoning maps are available.
2. Transportation Facilities:
Railroad: Boca Raton is served by a Florida East Coast Railway main line
and a Seaboard Air Line main line.
Highway: U. S. Highway 1 and Florida Highway A 1 A pass through Boca Raton.
Local bus service: One bus is used to provide local bus transportation.
Intercity bus service: Boca Raton is served by Greyhound Lines.
Air: Lantana Airport, county-owned, is 15 miles away at Lantana. The field
is open to private planes.
Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the generating and dis-
tributing systems. Rate schedules may be obtained from the company's office.
Coals Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.
Bottled gas: Butane, propane and Green's Fuel are available.
5. Sewage and Waste pisppsal:
Sewage: At present only individual septic tanks are used. However, Boca
Raton Army Air Field has a complete disposal plant and it is hoped that the
town and the adjacent area may be served by this plant in the future. The
plant consists of sedimentation, filtration, digesters and numerous pumping
lift stations. It is understood that this Army base is to be abandoned, at
which time it is hoped that the town may be able to acquire the use of this
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5, Sewage and Waste Disposal: (Cont.)
Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and three times
weekly in the residential district.
6. Water Supnlv:
Source: fells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.
Treatment: Aeration, softening, sedimentation, filtration and storage.
Consumption: 350,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 2,000,000 gallons per day.
Raw Water Treated Water
Silica (SiO2) 6.20 7.40
Iron (Fe) .04 .02
Calcium (Ca) 58.00 14.00
Magnesium (Mg) 2.40 1.50
Sodium (Na) 10,00 14.00
Potassium (k) -- --
Bicarbonate (HC03) 175.00 44.00
Sulfate (SO ) 6.30 8.60
Chloride (Cl) 19.00 19.00
Fluride (F) .00 .10
Nitrate (NO3) .10 .00
Total dissolved solids 194.00 90.00
Total hardness as CaCO3 154.00 41.00
Specific conductance Kx10 @ 25C 34.40 16.00
pH 7.90 7.90
Color 5.00 2.00
Rate: First 5,000 gallons, $2.00; amount in excess of 5,000 gallons, 200
per 1,000 gallons.
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
Telegraph service: Jestern Union provides telegraph service.
8. Educational Facilities:
Schools: There is only one white and one Negro elementary school in Boca
9. Health Facilities:
City health department: There is a city health department.
County health department: Staff of two doctors, one veterinarian, one sani-
tarian and a corps of county and school nurses.
Hospitals: There are no hospitals in Boca Raton.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: Memorial Recreation Park has shuffleboard, tennis court and
softball court, and a bathing beach has a volleyball court.
Athletic fields: None.
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11. Police Protection:
City: :Force consists of two policemen. City has one police car, without
radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
County: City police are available on call.
12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of a full-time fire chief and 10 volunteer firemen.
City has two engines and one station.
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Glass 6.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 47 miles; paved, 31 miles.
General: Rock and oil is the principal type of surfacing. About 10% of the
streets are curbed and about 10% have sidewalks. Approximately 10% of the
streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities:
General: There are no banks in Boca Raton.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 6; architects, 0; land surveyors, 0;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 1; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 0; department stores, 0; grocery stores,
3; drug stores, 0.
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Deficiencies: Drug stores, building material and hardware store.
17. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Boca Raton is not a wholesale distribution center.
18. Housing Conditions:
General: Housing accommodations are scarce.
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: One 600-room seasonal resort hotel and one 10-room year round hotel.
Restaurants: Number, 3; seating capacity, 124.
General: No newspapers are printed in Boca Raton.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 1 (wet wash).
Commercial dry cleaners: Three dry cleaning establishments have agencies in
22. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: 'omen's Christian Civic Club, Mrs. Arnold
McSpadden; Citizen's Committee for Recreational Development, H. V. Von Holst.
General: Community Church, non-sectarian,