INVEN ORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTAGES
Table of Contents
MAR 49 Page
Part A---Natural Resources
1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Raw Materials 2
Part B---General Economy
3. Retail Market
4. Manufacturing Industries
5. General Remarks on Economy
2. Fina ces
Part D-Community Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Construction and Service Facilities
Hotels and Restaurants
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
CITY OF CLEWIS TON
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
Part A--Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat. Average elevation, 18 feet above sea
(From observations at Moore Haven, Florida.)
Annual January April July October
Temperature averages 73.6 62.1 76.5 81.2 77.2
Rainfall averages 44.72 1.82 3.20 9.47 4.92
Growing season: During a 17-year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau has recorded
killing frosts in the Spring in only nine years and in the Fall in only four
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: Pine is available about 20 miles from town. E. C. Mills is the prin-
cipal sawmill operator.
Agricultural products: Sugar, starch, vegetables and molasses.
Other: Cattle. Fish are available in quantity in Lake Okeechobee but may not
be taken for commercial purposes.
Part B--General Economy
Est. 1947 1945 1940 15 1930
County total 7,500 5,066 5,237 3,711 3,492
City total 2,600 1,917 1,3.8 844 -
Negroes in county 2,500 1,027 1,760 952 1,327
Negroes in city 0 117 --- 24 -
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
Unions: U. S. Sugar Corporation workers are represented by Sugar Mill Workers,
Local 23211, A. F. of L.
Female employment: Only a negligible number of women are employed in Clewiston.
Only one woman is employed in manufacturing.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 87j; unskilled Negro male,
700; skilled white male, $1.05; skilled Negro male, no rate established.
General: The supply of industrial labor is improving but agricultural labor is
3. Retail Market:
General: Clewiston is the retail trade center for Clewiston, Harlem and Hookers
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,742.*
1946 Estimated retail good store sales in county, $620,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $175,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $92,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
4. Manufacturing Industries:
Principal manufacturing plants: U. S. Sugar Corporation, raw sugar; Goff and
Hooks, cement blocks.
5. General Remarks on Economy:
Most employment in Clewiston is seasonal, and highly dependent upon the weather,
With favorable weather, Clewiston is a prosperous community.
Officials: Mayor, E. E. Kelly; City Attorney, J M. Couse.
Special departments: The City Engineer is in charge of building, electrical
and plumbing inspection, parks, recreational facilities and city streets. The
City Commission also serves as a planning and zoning board.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 20 mills; debt service, 0.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 20 mills; debt service,
City basis of assessment: 75% of actual value.
City license tax on manufacturing plants: Amount depends upon type of business,
Schedule may be obtained from City Clerk.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city tqxes: Occupational licenses. Schedule may be obtained from
Current county tax rate: Operations,8.5 mills; debt service, .5 mills.
Special district: The special district tax on property in the city is $8.91
Bonded debt: City, 0; County, $4,486,500.
Part D--Community Facilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City street, trunk water main and power system maps are available.
2. Transportation Facilities:
Railroad: Clewiston is served by an Atlantic Coast Line branch line with one
passenger and one freight train daily. Pick-up and delivery of less than car-
load freight is available.
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Direct
air express service is not available. Free pick-up and delivery of express is
Highway: Florida Highways 25 and 80 pass through Clewiston.
Local bus service: None.
Intercity bus service: Glades Motor Lines has four buses daily through
Intercity trucking facilities: Tamiami Trail Togrs provides service to all
sections of south Florida, Miami, West Palm Beach and Tampa are the principal
cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul
2. Transportation Facilities: (Cont.)
Air: Clewiston Airport, a private field is within the City limits. Only pri-
vate hangars are available. Field has one 3,000 foot runway. Field is open
to private planes. Charter cross-country flights are available. No scheduled
commercial air transportation is available.
Clewiston Electric and Waterworks System operates the distribution system.
Power is purchased from U. S. Sugar Corporation. Copies of rate schedules may
be obtained from the City Clerk.
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available,
Bottled gas: D. B. McCarthy and Moody Brothers, Fort Myers, distribute bottled
gas. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the companies' offices.
Other: Fuel oils are available from two local distributors,
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: Storm sewers are installed under the entire length of the main business
street. No other sewage disposal facilities are available. However, engineers
have been employed to prepare plans for a sewerage system and disposal plant, to
be financed by revenue certificates.
Garbage: Garbage is collected twice a week in residential sections and three
times a week in the business district.
6. Water Supply:
Operator: Clewiston Electric and Waterworks System.
Source: Lake Okeechobee. Present source is adequate for expansion.
Treatment: Coagulated, filtered and chlorinated.
Consumption: 240,000 gallons a day.
Pumping capacity: 280,000 gallons a day.
Rate: Copies of rate schedules may be obtained from the City lerk.
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Inter County Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
Telegraph service: Western Union provides telegraph service.
8. Educational Facilities:
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 1 0 0
Present enrollment 350 -
Present capacity 400 -
Number of schools 1 1 0
Present enrollment 100 25
Present capacity 100 -
Agricultural training for white students: Vocational agriculture and commercial
8, Educational Facilities: (Cont.)
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
Libraries: Community library.
9, Health Facilities:
City health department: None.
County health department: None.
Hospitals: Sugarland Hospital, a 16-bed white emergency hospital, and Western
Division Hospital, a 16-bed Negro emergency hospital, serve this area. Both
are privately owned.
10, Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: City park has a wading pool, swings and slide.
Athletic fields: Clewiston High School, basketball court and football field.
Other: Tennis court.
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of two policemen. City has one patrol car, without radio
equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at night.
12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of 12 volunteer firemen. City has one engine and one
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.
13. Banking Facilities:
General: First Bank of Clewiston, total resources, $2,269,000; Clewiston
Federal Savings and Loan Association, total resources, $90,000.
14. Construction Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 4; land surveyors, 3; general machine
shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 2; foundries, 0; automotive repair facility
ties, 5; consulting engineers, 1 (drainage).
15. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 0; department stores, 3; grocery stores, 5;
drug stores, 1.
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.
16. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Clewiston is not a wholesale distribution center. No markets are
available for the wholesale distribution of agricultural products.
17. Housing Conditions:
General: For the last seven or eight years, there have been no houses or
apartments vacant for a period of over 30 days.
18. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 50.
Restaurants: Number, 6; seating capacity, 150.
Weekly: Clewiston News, circulation, 750.
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2,
21. Civic Organizations:
Name sd name of president: Kiwanis, Hub Spo@err; Clewiston Recreational Ass-
ociation, Melvin Pape.
Denomination: Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist[and
Church of God.
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