BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA
MAR 4 9 1
4 Part A---Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat, Elevation, approximately 20 feet
above sea level.
(From observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)
Annual January Arl July October
Temperature averages 74.7 67.2 73.1 81.3 77,7
Rainfall averages 59.44 30.2 3.74 5.13 9.58
Length of growing season: During a 36-year period, the U. S. Weather
Bureau recorded only seven killing frosts in the Spring and eight in the
3. Local Raw M!aterials:
Timber: No timber is available in the immediate vicinity.
Minerals: Sand, marl and muck are available within the city limits.
Agricultural products: Green beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, egg plant
and other truck crops.
Other: Seven large dairies.
Part B---General Economy
Est. ,L947 1945 1940 1930
County total 115,000 112,311 79,989 53,194 51,781
City total ---- 2,001 1,326 1,121 1,053
Negroes in county --- 45,467 28,380 17,550 16,760
Negroes in city --- 829 --- 503 --
Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.
Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.
3. Retail Market:
General: Boynton Beach serves as the retail trade center for immediate
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, 33,053.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, 19,981,000.*
1946 Estimated merchandise store sales in county, $6,534,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $2,908,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALE MANAG;:ENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.
4. manufacturing Industries:
General: No manufacturing industries are located in Boynton Beach.
Officials: Iiayor, F. L. Purinton; City Attorney, C. L. 1cCoy.
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1. Administration: (Cont.)
Social departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, zoning board and street department.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 20 mills; debt service, 20 mills.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 20 mills; debt
service 20 mills.
City basis of assessment: 25% of actual value.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: ,25.
City utility tax: 10% of $75.
Other major city taxes: Occupational and liquor license taxes.
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: None.
Other long-term obligations; None,
Part D---Cmmunitv Facilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City streets, trunk water main and zoning maps are available.
2. Transportation Facilities:
Railroads: Boynton Beach is served by Florida East Coast Railway and Sea-
board main lines. Pick-up and delivery for less than carload freight is not
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides railway express service.
Free pick-up and delivery of express is not available. Direct air express
service is not available.
Highway: U. S. Highway 1 and Florida Highway A 1 A pass through Boynton
Local bus service: None.
Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines serves Boynton Beach.
Intercity trucking facilities: Great Southern Trucking Company provides
state-wide trucking service. All large cities in Florida and Georgia may
be reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: Lantana Airport, county-owned, is four miles from town. The field
is open to private planes.
Florida fower and Light Company owns and operates the generating and dis-
tributing systems. Rate schedules may be obtained from company's office.
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.
Bottled gas: Southern Bottle Gas Company distributes Green's Fuel,
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5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sonage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Septic tanks are used for
disposal. City plans additions to present sewerage and waste disposal
systems. Present system is financed by assessment.
Industrial waste disposal: Industries maintain individual methods of dis-
posal for wastes.
Garbage: Garbage is collected twice weekly.
6. rater Sunplv:
Sources Wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.
Consumption: 300,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 600,000 gallons per day.
Rate: First 5,000 gallons, .1.50; all over 5,000 gallons, 150 per 1,000
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone Company operates a dial exchange.
Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
week days and is closed on Sundays and holidays.
8. Educational Facilities:
Number of schools 1 1
Present enrollment 250 75
Present capacity 300 125
Number of schools 1 0
Present enrollment 175 -
Present capacity 200
*High school and junior high school are combined.
Vocational training for white students: All phases of manual training.
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
9. Health Facilities:
City health department: Staff of one doctor. Does not operate a clinic.
County health departments Staff of one doctor, one dentist and two nurses.
Hospitals: Plans are underway for a local hospital.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: Pence Park has a baseball diamond and tennis courts. Central
Park has no playground equipment.
Athletic fields: Pence Park.
Other: Boynton Beach Casino and Boynton Inlet.
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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
night. City jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
County: Police protection is not available outside the city limits. County
jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of 36 volunteer firemen. City has two engines and one
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class; 8.
County: Fire protection is available outside the city limits.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 25 miles; paved, 20 miles.
General: Asphalt is the principal type of surfacing. About 30% of the
streets are curbed and about 30% have sidewalks. Approximately 90% of the
streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities:
General: There are no banks in Boynton Beach.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 3; architects, 5; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 8; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 7; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 0; grocery stores,
11; drug stores, 2.
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Vacant stores: There were five vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.
Deficiencies: Boynton Beach is deficient in all types of retail stores.
17. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Boynton Beach is considered a wholesale distribution center.
Public warehousing facilities are available and adequate.
18. Housing Conditions:
General: There is a shortage of housing accommodations.
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 2; rooms, 22.
Restaurants: Number, 11; seating capacity, 200.
,eekly: Boynton Beach News, circulation, 500.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: There is a laundry agency.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.
22. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: rotary, Fred Benson; Garden Club, Frs. Clara
vhite; Civic Pride Association, .rs. F. L. Puritan.