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.
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Volume ID: VID00026
Source Institution: University of Florida
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SHernando* County

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
5. General Remarks on Economy 2

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Cmmunity 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 4
9. Health Facilities 4
10. Recreational Facilities 4
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 6
23. Churches 6

Prepared By;

101 Fifth Street South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida


311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida

With the assistance of City officials.


Part A---Natural Resources
1. Geography:

Chief topographical features: Hilly. Elevation, 209 feet.

2. Climate:

Annual January Ap July October
Temperature averages 71.2 59.8 70.2 80.9 73.6
Rainfall averages 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 Portland

Agricultural products: Beef cattle, poultry, eggs, citrus.

Other: Commercial salt water fishing shipping point.

Part B---General Economy
1. Population:

Est. 1947 15 1240 1 1930
County total 5,670 5,672 5,641 5,522 4,948
City total 1,630 1,755 1,607 1,547 1,405
Negroes in county -- 1,547 1,596 1,563 1,523
Negroes in city 100 372 -- 379 --

Predominant nationality: Native-born white,

2. Labor:

Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.

General: Present labor supply is limited, Quality of the labor is

3. Retail Markets

General: Brooksville serves Hernando County as the retail trade center.

1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,411.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $881,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise stores sales in county withheld to
avoid disclosure.
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $149,000.*

*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

4b Manufacturing Industries:

Principal manufacturing industries are: Meat packing plant, Brooksville Citrus
exchange, F. and M. Canning Company.

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.



Part C--Government
1. Administration:

Type: Mayor-Council,

Officials: Mayor, J. C. Emerson, Jr.; City Attorney, C. H. Lockhart,

Special departments: City has an active street department.

Zoning: The city has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances:

Current city tax rate: Operations, 22 mills; debt service, 12 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, $12,788.69.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: None.

City utility tax: 2%.

Other major city taxes: Personal property tax.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 25 mills; debt service, 0.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 25 mills; debt
service, 0.

Bonded debt: City, 0; county, $2,102,166.

Other long-term obligations: None.

Part D--Community Facilities
2.. Av4aiable Data:

Maps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer, power distribution system
and tax district maps are available.

2. Transportation Faqilities:

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.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service.
Free pick-up and delivery for express is available. Direct air express is
not available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 41 passes through Brooksville.

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service:

Company Number 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 may be
reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: A former U. S. Army Air Base, located three miles from Brooksville,
has three 5,000 feet runways. However, the base is closed.

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3. Po :

Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the company's office.

4. Fuel:

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither natural nor 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 may be obtained from City Clerk.

Industrial waste disposal: No industries have large amounts of wastes.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and weekly
in the residential section.

6. Water Supply:

Operator: City.

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

Treatment: None.

Consumption: 275,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 1,080,000 gallons per day.

Rate: Rate .schedule may 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.

Libraries: None.

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
24 beds.

10. Recreational Facilities:

Public parks: City and County park has two tennis courts. Recreational
park has basketball and baseball facilities and children playground

Athletic fields: Football field.



S11 Poli 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

County: The Sheriff's office (Sheriff and three deputies) 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 city 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, $2,752,069.62.

15. Construction and Service Facilities:

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;

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: Present inadequate housing condition is being 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, 3; seating capacity, 135.

20. Newspapers:

Weekly: Brooksville Journal, circulation, 850, and Brooksville Sun,
circulation, 400.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:

Commercial laundries* Number, 1.


21. Launa es and Dry Cleaners (Cont.) 0

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 4.

22. Civic Organizations:

Name and name of president: Kiwanis, W. L. McGee; Women's Club, Miss Mary
Bert Allison; Junior Service Club, Mrs. B. L. Davis.

23. Churches:

Denomination: Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian, Catholic,
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