INVENT ORY OF INDUSTRIAL AD V.A N T A G .
CRESTVIEW, FLORIDA .
Okaloosa 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 3
10 Administration 3
2o 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 .4
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. I1holesale 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
OKALOOSA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 367
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
Part A---Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Gently rolling; elevation, 300 feet.
Annual January April July October
Temperature averages 67.2 53.8 65.5 80.5 69.2
Rainfall averages 58.85 3.78 3.37 8.05 3.74
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, March 13; usual
date of first killing frost in Fall, November 21; average length of growing
season, 253 days.
3. Local Raw Materials:.
Timber: Pine, cypress, juniper, oak and gum are available within five miles
of town. Wells Lumber Company, Barnhill Lumber Company and Sterling Lumber
Company operate sawmills.
Minerals: Clay pits ten miles from town are now being worked. Sand deposits
12 miles from town were worked at one time. The supply of sand is not ex-
Agricultural products: Blueberries, cotton, peanuts, corn, sweet potatoes,
cane syrup, pecans, tung nuts and livestock are the principal local agricul-
Part B---General Economy
Est. 1947 195 10 1935 3
County total 18,000 16,155 12,900 11,669 9,897
City total 5,000 4,064 2,252 1,078 930
Negroes in county 1,350 1,270 1,144 936 1,016
Negroes in city 500 484 ---- 129
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
Unions: International Brotherhood of Electrical IVorkers represents Gulf Power
Company employees. No other national unions have been established here.
Female employment: About 90% of the total employment in the one manufacturing
plant is female.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 650; unskilled Negro male, 654;
unskilled white female, 400; unskilled Negro female, 400; skilled white male,
$1.35; skilled Negro male, $1; skilled white female, 650-700. Insufficient
Negro females are employed in skilled jobs to determine the wage rate.
General: At the time of this survey, 330 persons, including 35 women and 283
veterans were registered for work at the Florida State Employment Service office.
There were probably additional unemployed persons, particularly women, who were
3. Retail Market:
General: Crestview is the retail trade center for the northern part of Oka-
loosa County and also gets some business from the southern part of the county
and the eastern half of Santa Rosa County,
3. Retail Market: (Cont.)
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,227.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $964,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $248,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $137,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT surveyy of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed,
4. Manufacturing Industries:
General: Alabama.Textile Company, manufacturers of ments underwear is the
major manufacturing industry in Crestview.
Officials: Mayor, J. F. Cook; City Attorney, Purl G. Adams.
special departments: The city building, electrical and plumbing department
issues permits but does not inspect work. The street department is under
the jurisdiction of the city council.
Zoning: The city has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 12 mills; debt service, 8 mills.
average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 12 mills; debt serv-
ice, 5 mills.
City basis of assessment: 75% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $376,966 non-exempt and
$222,000 under homestead exemption.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: Most are exempt.
City utility tax: 6% of bill.
Other major city taxes: Amusement tax.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 18 mills; debt service, 0.
Pverpge for last five years: Operations, 15.6 mills; debt service, 0.
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Data:
Reports: The chamber of commerce has begun a long-range planning and zoning
Railroad: Crestview is served by a Louisville and Nashville main line with
four passenger and six freight trains daily and a Louisville and Nashville
branch line with two freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery is available
for less than carload freight.
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Direct
air express service is not available. Free pick-up and delivery is available
highway: U. S. Highway 90 and Florida highway 85 pass through Crestview.
Local bus service: None,
2. Transportation Facilities: (Cont.)
Intercity 1-us service: Teche Greyhound has 18 buses daily through Crestview
and Coastal stages has 14 buses daily.
Intercity trucking facilities: M. R. & R. Trucking Company and Abb's Trans-
fer provide intercity trucking service. Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, New
Orleans, Mobile and Jacksonville are among the principal cities that can be
reached by an overnight trucking haul.
iir: Bob Sikes Airport, municipally-owned, is two miles from town. It has
7,520 square feet of hangar space and two 3,300 foot runways. The field is
open to private planes. Charter cross country flights are available.
scheduled commercial air transportation is not available.
Gulf Power Company owns and operates the generating and distributing facili-
ties. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's office,
Coal: Very little coal is used in this section.
Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available. However, an appli-
cation has been filed with the Federal Power Commission for a permit to
build a natural gas pipeline to Crestview.
bottled gas: I'arrow Brothers Butane Gas Company distributes butane, rated
at 3,460 B.t.u. per cubic foot. Delivered cost is 140 per gallon for resi-
dential customers and 124 per gallon for commercial customers.
Other fuels: Fuel oil is distributed by oherrill Oil Company. Delivered
cost is 11 per gallon.
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: A.bout 25% of the town is served by sanitary sewers, Septic tanks are
used in the other section. The city has incomplete plans for extending the
Industrial waste disposal: No local industries have large quantities of
Garbage: Garbage is collected three times a week in the business district :*
and twice a week in residential sections.
6. Water Supply:
source: .rtesian wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion
Consumption: 350,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 500,000 gallons per day.
Rate: The regular rate is 250 per 1,000 gallons. Special rates can be
established for large consumers.
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: southeastern Telephone Company operates a dial exchange
serving 282 company-owned stations, 30 rural stations and 10 toll circuits.
Telegraph service: -estern Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on
week days and 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
8. Educational Facilities:
Public schools: Crestview has three white and one Negro elementary school,
one white and one Negro junior high school and one white and one Negro high
school. The total enrollment in white schools is 916.
S- CRESTVIEW, FLORIDA
8. Educational.Facilities: (Cont.)
Vocational training for white students: None.
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
Libraries: Episcopal Library has 5,000 volumes.
9. Health Facilities:
City health department: None.
County health department: The county health department has one part-time
doctor and two nurses. It operates a traveling clinic,
hospitals: Enzor Brothers Hospital.a private general hospital, has 25 beds.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks. None.
athleticc fields: Richbourg Field has a lighted baseball diamond and seats
for 1,500 persons. The high school football field is lighted and has seats
for 500 persons.
Other Two municipal tennis courts, one swimming pool and one skating rink.
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of three persons. City has one patrol car, without
radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
County: Police protection outside the city is provided by the Sheriff's
12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of eight volunteer firemen. City has one engine and
Insurance ratings SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.
County: Protection is given where water is available.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 25- miles; paved, O1C miles; graded, 15 miles.
General: Slag is the principal type of surfacing used. None of the streets
are curbed. About 10% of the streets have sidewalks.
14. Banking Facilities:
General: Bank of Crestview, total resources, $1,315,000.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 3; architects, 1; land surveyors, 2;'1
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 15; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 7; department stores, 1; grocery stores,
22; drug stores, 3.
Parking: The city has no parking meters and one parking lot.
Vacant stores: There was one vacant store in the business district at the
time of this survey.
17. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Crestview is not a wholesale distribution center. Commercial cold
storage and commercial freezing facilities are under construction,
18. Housing Conditions:
General: .ore housing units are badly needed. The demand for housing is
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 46.
Restaurants: Number, 26; seating capacity, 650.
Weekly: Okaloosa News-Journal, circulation, 3,000.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 2.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 3.
22. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: Chamber of Commerce, C. B. McLeod; Kiwanis,
T. B. Horne; ,,oman's Club, Mrs. Harvey Davidson.
Denominations: Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Church of
Christ and Church of God.