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: VID00024
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Palm Beach County \ f

OCT 49
Table of Contents


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Raw Materials 2

Part B---General Economy

1. Population 2
2. Labor 2
3. Retail Market 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 2

Part C--Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation 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
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 5
18. Housing Conditions 5
19. Hotels and Restaurants 5
20. Newspapers 5
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 5
22. Civic Organizations 5
23. Churches 5

Prepared By:

Boynton Beach, Florida


Revised Tallahassee, Florida


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Boynton Beach is on the Lower East Coast of Florida, approximately
10 miles south of West Palm Beach and 60 miles north of Miami. It is on the
lower end of Lake Worth and on the Atlantic Ocean.

Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, approximately 20 feet above
sea level.

2. Climate

(From U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)

Annual Januar~ April July October

Normal temperature 74.7 67.2 73.1 81.3 77.7
Normal rainfall 59.44 3.02 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 Rawv Materials

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

1. Population

Est, 1949 1945 1940 1935 19_

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.

2. Labor

Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.

3. Retail Market

General: Boynton Beach serves as the retail trade center for immediate

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, $4,817,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALE MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Two manufacturing industries are located in Boynton Beach.



Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Commission.

Officials: Miayor, F. L. Purinton; City Attorney, William Cook.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, zoning board and street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

.Current city tax rate: Operations, 20 mills; debt service, 11 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 20 mills; debt
service 15 mills.

City basis of assessment: 33 1/3% of actual value.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $25.

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: City has a bonded debt (unspecified).

Other long-term obligations: None.

Part D---Community 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.

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 can
be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Lantana Airport, county-owned, is four miles from town. The field
is open to private planes.

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.


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4. Fuel

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.

5. Sowage and Waste Disposal

Soeage: Storm and sanitary severs 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. Water Supply

Source: Wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: None.

Consumption: 300,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 600,000 gallons per day.

Rate; First 5,000 gallons $1.50; all over 15,000 gallons, 254.

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

Elementary High*


Number of schools 1 1
Present enrollment 250 75
Present capacity 300 125


Number of schools 1 0
Present enrollment 175
Present capacity 200 -

*Students from Boynton Beach attend classes at a new 4-year consolidated
high school (with Delray).

Vocational training for white students: All phases of manual training.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Libraries: School library and Woman's Club library, available to the public.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one doctor. Does not operate a clinic.

County health department: Staff of one doctor, one dentist and two nurses.


9. Health Facilities (Cont.)

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.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of three policemen. City has two police cars, 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: Boynton Beach State Bank.

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, 1.

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 was one vacant store 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 was no shortage of housing accommodations at the time of this

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19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 2; rooms, 22.

Restaurants: Number, 11; seating capacity, 200.

20. Newspapers

Weekly: Boynton Beach News, circulation, 500.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Local laundries are available.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

22. Civic Organizations

Name and name of president: Rotary, D. M. Olds; Garden Club, Mrs. Clara
White; Civic Pride Association, Mrs. F. L. Puritan.

23. Churches

Denominations: First Baptist and Methodist.


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