INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTAGES
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 3
5. General Remarks on Economy 3
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 3
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 5
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. 7Tholesale 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
BROOKSVILLE INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE
Revised FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
September/49 Tallahassee, Florida
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Part A---Natural Resources
Location: Brooksville is on the West Coast of Florida, 45 miles north of
Tampa and 53 miles southwest of Ocala. It is approximately 20 miles east
of the Gulf of Mexico.
Chief topographical features: Hilly. Elevation, 209 feet.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Brooksville over a 49-year
Annual January April July October
Normal temperature 71.2 59.8 70.2 80.9 73.6
Normal rainfall 55.76 2.65 2.64 9.63 3.33
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, February 13;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 9; average length of
growing season, 299 days.
3. Local Raw Materials
Timber: Cypress is available five to 15 miles from town and long-leaf and
slash pine are available four to 10 miles from town.
Minerals: Limestone is produced four miles from town by Camp Concrete Rock
Company and phosphate is produced two miles from town by McDonald Corporation.
Clay was formerly produced from pits eight miles from town by Florida Port-
Agricultural products: Beef cattle, poultry, eggs, citrus.
Other: Commercial salt water fishing shipping point.
Part B---General Economy
Est. 1949* 1945 1940 1935 1223
County total 8,000 5,672 5,641 5,522 4,948
City total (community) 3,000 1,755 1,607 1,547 1,405o
Negroes in county --- 1,547 1,596 1,563 1,523
Negroes in city 100 372 --- 379
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
*Estimate by Brooksville Industrial Committee.
Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.
General: Present labor supply is limited. Quality of the labor is
3. Retail Market
General: Brooksville serves Hernando County as the retail trade center.
1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,805.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $3,839,000.*
1948 Estimated total food store sales in county, $1,045,000.*
1948 Estimated total general merchandise store sales in county withheld
to avoid disclosure.
3. Retail Market (cont'd)
1948 Estimated total drug store sales in county, $148,000.*
*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further
reproduction not licensed.
4. ManufapturinR Industries
Principal manufacturing industries are: Meat packing plant, Brooksville
Citrus exchange, F. and M. Canning Company, four rock mines, hosiery mill.
5. General Remarks on Economy
Brooksville, county seat of Hernando County, is the largest town in the
county and the principal trade center for the county.
Officials: Mayor, J. C. Bacon, Jr.; City Attorney, Joe Johnston.
Special departments: City has an active street department.
Zoning; The city has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 22 mills; debt
service, 10 mills.
City basis of assessment: 45% of actual value,
Total assessed value of real property in city, $1,353,608.
City license tax on manufacturing plant; None.
Other major city taxes: Personal property tax.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 27 mills; debt service, 0.
Average county tax rate for last five years Operations, 25 mills; debt
Bonded debt: City, $279,000; county, $2,102,166.
Other long-term obligations: None.
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Dgta
Maps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer, power distribution
system and tax district maps are available.
2. Transportation Facilities
Railroad: Brooksville is served by an Atlantic Coast Line branch line
with one freight train and a branch line of the Seaboard Air Line with
six freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than carload
freight is not available.
2. Transportation Facilities (cont'd)
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service.
Free pick-up and delivery for express is available. Direct air express is
Highway: U. S. Highway 41 passes through Brooksville.
Local bus service: None.
Intercity bus service:
Company Nimber of buses daily
Greyhound Lines 11
Tamiami Trail Tours 4
Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines serves Brooksville.
Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, and Atlanta are the principal cities that can
be reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: A former U. S. Army Air Base, located three miles from Brooksville,
has three 5,000 foot runways. However, the base is closed.
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's office.
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Bottled artificial gas is available.
Bottled gas: John D. Law distributes butane.
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal
Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Septic tanks are used
for disposal. System is financed by assessment. Ordinances on industrial
waste disposal can be obtained from City Clerk.
Industrial waste disposal: No industries have large amounts of waste.
Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and weekly
in the residential section.
6. Water Supply
Source: Wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.
Consumption: 275,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 1,080,000 gallons per day.
Rate: Rate schedule can be obtained from City Clerk.
7. Communications Facilities
Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates
a manual exchange.
Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on
week-days and 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays and holidays.
8. Educational Facilities
Schools: Brooksville has one school, for grades 1 through 12.
Vocational training for white students: Home economics.
Vocational training for Negro students: Home economics and agriculture.
9. Health Facilities
City health department: City has no health department.
County health department: Staff of one doctor and one nurse. Operates
venereal disease, tuberculosis and child health clinics.
Hospitals: Hernando County Hospital, a county-owned general hospital, has
10. Recreational Facilities
Public parks: City and County park has two tennis courts. Recreational
park has basketball and baseball facilities and children's playground
Athletic fields: Football field.
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 not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
County: The Sheriff's office (Sheriff rnd three doputioe). and the State
Highway Patrol office furnish police protection outside the city. County
jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
12. Fire Protection
City: Force consists of two full-time and 12 volunteer firemen. City has
one engine and one station.
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 7.
County: No fire protection is available outside the oity limits.
13. City Streets
Mileage: Total, 12 miles; paved, 3 miles; gravelled, 9 miles.
General: Slag and oil is the principal type of pavement. All streets are
curbed. Approximately 30% of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively
repaired during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities
General: Hernando State Bank, total resources, $3,000,000.
15. Construction and Service Faeqliiie
Type and number: General contractors, 2; architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 2; machine repair facilities, 1; foundries, 0;
automotive repair facilities, 10; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 1; department stores, 2; grocery stores,
9; drug stores, 3.
16. Retail Facilities (cont'd)
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at
the time of this survey.
17. Wholesale Facilities
General: Brooksville is not considered a wholesale distribution center
for the area. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public
warehousing facilities are available and adequate.
18. Housing Conditions
General: Housing conditions have been improved by the construction of
two housing units and a 27-apartment housing unit.
19. Hotels and Restaurants
Hotels: Number, 1; hotel rooms, 48.
Restaurants: Number, 6; seating capacity, 220.
Weekly: Brooksville Journal, circulation, 850, and Brooksville Sun,
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Commercial laundries: Number, none.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 4.
22. Civic Organizations
Organization and name of president: Kiwanis, W. L. McGee; Women's Club,
Miss Mary Bert Allison; Junior Service Club, Mrs. B. L. Davis.
Denonimations: Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian, Catholic,
Assembly of God, Church of Christ, Episcopal.