INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTAGES
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA *
OCT 49 Palm Beach County
Table of Contents Page
Part A--Natural Resources
1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Raw Materials 2
Part B--General Economy
1. Population 2
2. Retail Market 2
3. Manufacturing Industries 2
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 3
3. Power 3
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 4
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 5
14. Banking Facilities 5
15. Construction and Service Facilities 5
16. Retail Facilities 5
17. Wholesale Facilities 6
18. Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Civic Organizations 6
23. Churches 6
TOTIN OF BOCA RATON
Boca Raton, Florida
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BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Part A--Natural Resources
Location: Boca Raton is on the Lower East Coast of Florida, approximately
22 miles south of 1Test Palm Beach and 37 miles north of Miami. It is on
Boca Raton Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.
Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 16 to 36 feet above sea level.
(From U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)
Annual January April July October
Temperature averages 74.7 67.2 73.1 81.3 77.7
Rainfall averages 59.44 3.02 3.74 5.13 9.58
Growing season: In a 36-year period, the U. S. Weather 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 vicinty.
Minerals: Road rock, marl, muck, red sand and white sand are available in town.
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 Economy
Est. 1949* 1945 1940 1935 1930
County total 115,000 112,311 79,989 53,194 51,781
City total 1,500 1,387 723 784 447
Negroes in county 47,000 45,467 28,380 17,550 16,760
Negroes in city 300 254 --- 369 --
Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.
*Estimate by Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
2. Retail Market
General: Boca Raton is the retail trade center for the immediate vicinity only. '
1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,433.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $143,764,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $32,247,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $10,289,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $4,817,O000.*
*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
3. Manufacturing Industries
General: No manufacturing industries were established in Boca Raton at the
time of this survey. New industries were being planned.
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Officials: Mayor, J. C. Mitchell; City Clerk, Wm. H. Lamb; City Attorney,
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, 14 mills; debt service, 1 mill.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 7 mills; debt service,
City basis of assessment: Revalued January 1, 1949; 70% of 100% Reproduction.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $8,000,000.
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 Facilities
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: None.
Taxi service: One company, two cars,
Intercity bus service: Boca Raton is served by Greyhound Lines.
Air: Boca Raton Airport, municipally owned, is open to private planes. The
nearest available commercial air transportation is at West Palm Beach.
Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the generating and dis-
tributing systems. Rate schedules can be obtained from the company's office.
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Coal: 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 Disposal
Sewage: The abandoned Boca Raton Army Air Field had a complete disposal plant,
consisting of sedimentation, filtration, digesters and numerous pumping lift
stations. This sewerage system is now municipally owned and serves the city
and the adjacent area.
Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and three times
weekly in the residential district.
6. Water Supply
Source: Wells. 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 (Si02) 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
Bicarbonate (HC03) 175.00 44.00
Sulfate (SO ) 6.30 8.60
Chloride (Cl) 19.00 19.00
Fluride (F) .00 .10
Nitrate (NO) .10 .00
Total dissolved solids 194.00 90.00
Total hardness as CaCOo 154.00 41.00
Specific conductance KmlO5 Q 250C 34.40 16.00
pH 7.90 7.90
Color 5.00 2.00
7. Communications Facilities
Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
Telegraph service: Western Union provides telegraph service.
8. Educational Facilities
Schools: There is only one white and one Negro elementary school in Boca
Libraries: There is a new library in the Town Hall.
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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 is one osteopathic hospital 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: Memorial Park.
Other: Teen-age Building, chaperoned, sponsored by Lions' Club.
11. Police Protection
City: Force consists of three 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 4 engines and one station.
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 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: Beauty shop, 1; grocery stores, 2; electric shop and
appliances, 1; hardware and plumbing, 1; drugs and sundries, 1; barber shop, 1;
gas stations, 4; woodcraft shops, 2; sign shops, 2.
Parking: City has no parking meters or parking lots.
Deficiencies: Drug stores, building material, and hardware stores.
General: 108 occupational licenses, including commercial, beverage and
craftsmen, were issued since October 31, 1948.
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17. Wholesale Facilities
General: Boca Raton is not a wholesale distribution center.
18. Housing Conditions
General: Housing is considered adequate for present needs. Some rental
units are available.
19. Hotels and Restaurants
Hotels: One 600-room seasonal resort hotel and one 10-room year round hotel.
Restaurants: Number, 5.
General: Pelican, weekly.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners
General: One laundry and dry cleaning establishment has an agency in Boca
22. Civic Organizations
Name and name of president: Women's Christian Civic Club, Mrs. Arnold McSpadde)
Citizen's Committee for Recreational Development, H. V. Von Holst; Lions Club.
General: Community Church, non-sectarian.