Table of Contents
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Part A--Natural Resources
Local Raw Materials
Part B---General Economy
3. Retail Market
4. Manufacturing Industries
Part D--Community Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Construction and Service Facilities
Hotels and Restaurants
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth Street, South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
Part A---Natural Resources
Location: Carrabelle is in West Florida, 60 miles southwest of Tallahassee
and 25 miles northeast of Apalachicola.
Chief topographical features: Rolling dunes. On Gulf of Mexico and Crooked
River. Elevation, five to six feet.
(From observations at Apalachicola, Florida)
Annual January April July October
Normal temperature 68.5 53.7 67.1 81.7 70.6
Normal rainfall 58.36 3.65 2.80 7.74 3.19
Growing season: (From observations at Carrabelle.) Usual date of last
killing frost in spring, February 21; usual date of first killing frost in
fall, December 6; average length of growing season, 288 days.
3. Local Raw Materials
Timber: Slash pine, hickory, ash and tupelo are available in the immediate
vicinity. No sawmills or other timber users are operating now.
Agricultural products: Sugar cane is grown for home use. Tupelo honey is
produced in commercial quantities.
Other: Fish, oysters, crabs and shrimp are caught in commercial quantities.
Part B*--General Economy
Est. 1948 1945 190- 1935 1930
County total 8,600 8,026 5,991 6,585 6,283
City total 1,500 2,357 1,019 1,035 920
Negroes in County 1,907 1,996 2,325 2,469
Negroes in city -- 308 298 -
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
Unions: Commercial fishermen are members of Gulf Coast Fishermen's Union,
A.F. of L.
Female employment: Approximately 15% of total employment is female.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 600; unskilled female, 450; skilled
male, $1.25. No women are employed in skilled trades. There is no differen-
tial between wages of white and Negro workers of equal skill.
General: A small amount of skilled and a good quanitity of unskilled and
semi-skilled labor is available. Unskilled labor is adapted to sawmill and
sea food industry work. Semi-skilled labor is adapted to sawmill work and
operation of boats. Skilled labor is adapted to boat building.
3. Retail Market
General: Carrabelle is not a trade center.
3. Retail Market (Cont.)
1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,800.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $2,949 000.*
1947 Estimated retail food stores sales in county, $1,148,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $268,000.*
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $168,000.*
*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduc-
tion not licensed.
4. Manufacturing Industries
General: No manufacturing industries have been established in Carrabelle.
Officials: Mayor, R. H. Spiers; Acting City Manager, G. P. Bradford; City
Attorney, C. Bourke Floyd.
Special departments: Water Works Superintendent is the only full-time head
of a technical department employed by the city.
Zoning: City does not have a zoning ordinance.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills; debt service, none,
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 12 mills; debt
City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $388,000 ($196,000 exempt).
City license tax on manufacturing plant: Flat fee, depending upon plant.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: City has cigarette tax and sewer tax.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 9.5 mills; debt service, 0.
Average county tax for last five years: Operations, 5 mills; debt service,
Bonded debt: City, none; county, $108,000.
Other long-term obligations: City, none; county, $48,000.
Part D--Community Facilities
1. Available Data
Maps: City street, trunk water main and trunk sewer maps are available at
city offices. Power distribution system map is available at Florida Power
2. Transportation Facilities
Railroad: No railroad serves Carrabelle. The nearest line now operating is
at Apalachicola, about 25 miles away. A single track railroad runs from the
Seaboard Air Line yards in Tallahassee to Carrabelle. The railroad has yard
capacity of 165 cars in Tallahassee, 223 cars at Camp Gordon Johnston and
125 cars in Carrabelle. The Gordon Land company recently purchased this rail-
2. Transportation Facilities (Cont.)
Railroad: (Cont.) road from War Assets Administration and is now offering
it for sale to any person who is prepared to operate the line. The terms of
the contract between Gordon Land Company and War Assets Administration pro-
vide that the railroad cannot be sold for scrap or salvage for two years from
the date of the contract.
Express: Express service is available from Apalachicola. A private delivery
service will pick up and deliver express packages in Carrabelle.
Highway: U. S. Highway 319 passes through Carrabelle.
Local bus service: Local bus service is not available but taxi service is
Intercity bus service: Modern Coach Corporation (Trailways System) operates
six buses daily through Carrabelle.
Intercity trucking facilities: M. R. & R. Trucking Company provides service
to Pensacola and Tallahassee. Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Atlanta and
Pensacola are among the principal cities that could be reached by an over-
night truck haul.
Air transportation: Carrabelle flight strip is 1- miles from town. No
hangar space is available. The airport has one 4,000-foot paved runway. It
is open to private planes at own risk. Charter cross-country flights and
scheduled commercial air transportation are not available.
General: Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and
distribution systems. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the
Coal: Only small quantities of coal are used for domestic purposes.
Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.
Bottled gas: Green's Fuel distributes butane rated at 2,000 B.t.u. per
cubic foot. Delivered cost is 40 per pound in large quantities.
Other: Kerosene,gasoline and diesel fuel are available from local distribu-
5. Sewage and Waste Discosal
Sewerage system: Imhoff tanks and chlorination are used to.treat sewage.
Disposal plant is adequate for town of 5,000 persons. Sewer users must pay
a service charge.
Industrial waste disposal practice: No industries are established here. No
ordinance on industrial waste disposal is in effect.
Garbage: Garbage is collected daily.
6. Water Supply
Source: Deep well. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.
Consumption: 45,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 250,000 gallons per day.
Chemical analysis: Chemical analysis of the water is not available. It has
been approved as drinking water by the State Board of Health.
6. Water SupDly (Cont.)
Per 1,000 GJlons
First 2,500 gallons, $1.50 minimum
Next 17,000 gallons 500
Next 20,000 gallons 400
Next 60,000 gallons 350
Next 900,000 gallons 250
In excess of 1,000,000 gallons 130
7. Communications Facilities
Telephone service: Saint Joe Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
dial exchange serving 28 local customers, two rural customers and two toll
Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on
week-days and Sundays.
8. Educational Facilities
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 298 67 78
Number of schools 1 1 0
Present enrollment 29 9 0
Vocational training for white students: Home economics.
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
Libraries: School Library.
9. Health Facilities
City health department: None.
County health department: Staff of one doctor and one nurse. Operates a
Hospitals: Franklin County Hospital, Apalachicola, serves this area.
10. Recreational Facilities
Public parks: None
Athletic fields: City Ball Diamond.
Other: Beach swimming in Gulf of Mexico.
11. Police Protection
City: Force consists of one policeman. The city has no patrol cars. Patrol-
man is not uniformed. Regular beats are not maintained at night. City jail
is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
County: Sheriff and two deputies in Apalachicola provide police protection
outside city. County jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
12. Fire Protection
City: City has water supply and fire hydrants. A fire truck at Camp Gordon
Johnston is available in emergencies.
County: Forestry service has organization for fighting forest fires.
13. City Streets
Mileage: Total, 12 miles; paved, 3- miles; oyster shell, 8-3/4 miles.
General: None of the streets are curbed. About one mile has sidewalks.
14. Banking Facilities
General: There are no banks in Carrabelle. Banking is done in Apalachicola
15. Construction and Service Facilities
Type and number: General contractors, 2; architects, 0; land surveyors, 2;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 4; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 0; department stores, 1; grocery stores,
7; drug stores, 2.
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Vacant stores: There were five vacant stores in the business section at the
time of this survey.
17. Wholesale Facilities
General: Carrabelle is a wholesale distribution center for seafoods. Com-
mercial cold storage and commercial freezing facilities are available and
adequate. Private warehouses are available at Camp Belle, along water front.
18. Housing Conditions
General: In addition to local apartments that are available, a unit at Camp
Gordon Johnston, five miles from town, has 387 apartments.
19. Hotels and Restaurants
Hotels: Number, 4; rooms, 50.
Restaurants: Number, 3; seating capacity, 100.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners
General: There are no laundries in Carrabelle, However, regular service is
provided by Apalachicola and Port Saint Joe laundries.
22. Civic Organizations
Organization and name of head: Chamber of Commerce, J. L. Mayton, president;
American Legion, James Wathen, commander; American Legion Auxiliary, Helen
Denomination: Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Holiness.