Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Volume ID: VID00020
Source Institution: University of Florida
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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

Part C--Government

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

Prepared By:

Boca Raton, Florida


Tallahassee, Florida



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Part A--Natural Resources

1. Geography

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.

2. Climate

(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

1. Population

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
not licensed.

3. Manufacturing Industries

General: No manufacturing industries were established in Boca Raton at the
time of this survey. New industries were being planned.



Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, J. C. Mitchell; City Clerk, Wm. H. Lamb; City Attorney,
John Moore.

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.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 14 mills; debt service, 1 mill.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 7 mills; debt service,
4 mills.

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.

3. Power

Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the generating and dis-
tributing systems. Rate schedules can be obtained from the company's office.



4. Fuel

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.

Chemical analysis:
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
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 (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
dial exchange.

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.



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.




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.

20. Newspapers

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.

23. Churches

General: Community Church, non-sectarian.


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