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: VID00058
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Palm Beach 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

Part C---Government

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. Uater supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 4
9. Health Facilities 4
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. Wholesale Facilities 5
18. Housing Conditions 5
19. Hotels and Restaurants 5
20. Newspapers 5
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Civic Organizations 6
23, Churches 6

Prepared By:

Delray Beach, Florida


Tallahasseo, Florida



Part A--Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Delray Beach is on the Lower East Coast of Florida, 50 miles
north of Miami and 15 miles south of West Palm Beach,

Chief Topographical features: Flat. Elevation six to 20 feet above sea level.

2. Climate

(From observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)

Annual January Apil July October

Normal temperature 74.7 67.2 73.1 81.3 77.7
Normal rainfall 59.44 3.02 3.74 5.13 9.58

Growing season: During a 36-year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded
only seven killing frosts in the spring and eight in the fall.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: No timber is available in this section.

Minerals: Road rock is available in this area.

Agricultural products: Winter vegetables (string
peppers, squash and tomatoes) and gladioli.

Part B--General Economy

beans, lima beans, egg plant,

1, Population

Est. 1948* 1945 1940 1935 1930

County total 118,800 112,311 79,989 53,194 51,781
City total ---.- 4,943 3,737 2,708 2,333
Negroes in county ----- 45,467 28,380 17,550 16,760
Negroes in city ---- 1,940 ---- 1,241 -

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEM1ENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduc-
tion not licensed.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.

2. Labor

Unions: No unions have been established in local industries,

3. Retail Market

General: Delray Beach is the trade center for the immediate vicinity only.

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,280.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $126,954,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $29,203,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $;8,000,000,.
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $3,573,000.*

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

Principal manufacturing industries: Royal Palm Ice, ice; .J. Snow, concrete
blocks; Britt Cabinet Company, cabinets and furniture; Delray Awning Company,
canvas products.



Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council

Officials: Mayor, J..L. Saunders; City Manager, Charles E. Black; City
Attorney, John Mooreo

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical in-
spector, plumbing inspector, city engineer, planning board, zoning board and
street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills; debt service, 11 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 11 mills; debt service,
6 mills; special benefits, 2 mills.

City basis of assessment: 50% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $13,519,128.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $30,

City utility tax: 10% on first $25, 5% on next $50, 1% on all over $75.

Other major city taxes: Occupational, liquor license and cigarette taxes,

Current county tax rate: Operations, 23.01 mills; debt service, 5.35 mills.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15.21 mills; debt
service, 6.01 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $1,127,575; county, 0,

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Naps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer and zoning maps are avail-

2. Transportation Facilities

Rail: Delray Beach is served by main lines of the Florida East Coast Railway
and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Both railroads have daily passenger and
freight service. Pick-up and delivery service is available for less than car-
load freight.

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

Highway: U. S. Highway 1 and Florida Highway A-1-A pass through Delray Beach.

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines serves Delray Beach.

Intercity trucking facilities: Southern Trucking Company provides statewide
trucking service. Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami are the principal cities that
can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Lantana Airport, county owned, is seven miles from town. The field is
open to private planes.



I. Power

General: Delray Beach is served by the interconnected system of Florida Power
& Light Company, Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.

Bottled Gas: South Florida Bottle Gas Company distributes bottled gas.

5. Sewage and Faste Disposal

Sewage: Sanitary sewerage system covers the downtown area. Settling tanks
are now used for sewage disposal. City plans a system covering the entire
residential area and additional disposal capacity. Present system was fi-
nanced by bond issue,

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and three times
weekly in the residential sections,

6., Ltqi* _r

Sources: Hells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorinated.

Consumption: 2,500,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity; 5,300,000 gallons per day.

Rate: First 5,000 gallons, $2.00; amount in excess of 5,000 gallons, 144 per
1,000 gallons.

7, Cormunications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
manual exchange,

Telegraph service: westernn Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
week days and 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8, Educational Facilities


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Number of schools 2 1
Present enrollment 670 275
Present capacity 700 300

Vocational training for white students: Coimmurcial subjects.

Vocational training for Negro students; None.

Libraries: There is a public library containing 4,000 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one doctor, two dentists and five nurses.

Clinics: A local eye, ear, nose and throat clinic has a staff of three
doctors and three nurses,

Hospitals: Plan for a hospital are under way.



10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Memorial Park has baseball, football and tennis courts.

Athletic fields: None.

Other: St: tennis courts, one swimming pool, one gymnasium and one golf
course are city-owned. Fees are charged for use of these facilities.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of seven policemen. City has two police cars equipped
with radio. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintaincd at night.

County: Police protection outside the city limiits is provided by the Sheriff's
office in 1:est Palm Beach.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of five full-time and 20 volunteer firemen. City has
four engines and one station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 6.

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 50 miles; paved, 30 miles; Cravelled, 10 miles.

General: Limerock with asphalt is the principal type of surfacing. About 5%
of the streets are curbed. About 3C0 of the streets should be rebuilt or
extensively repaired during the next five years.

14. Eanking Facilities

General: First National Dank of Delray Beach, total resources, 05,000,000,

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 6; architects, 3; land surveyors, 0;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 2; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 6; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities

?i-pe and number: Dry goods stores, 5; department stores, 1; grocery stores,
12; drug stores, 3.

Parking: City has 163 parking meters and one parking lot.

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
tirme of this survey.

17. Wholesale Facilities

General:- Delray Beach is not a wholesale distribution center.

18. Housing Conditions

General: The housing situation in Delray Beach is very bad.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 9; rooms, 500.

Restaurants: Number, 14.

20. D- l riS

Ueelhly: Delray Beach News, circulation, 1,000.


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21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: None,

Comri.rcial dry cleaners; Number, 1,

22. Civic Organizations

General: Business & Professional Ioments Club, Civic Cultural Institute,
Delray Beach Public Library Association, Exchange Club, Junior Chrlb:.r of
Co1mierce, Chamber of Conrerce, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Junior Woman's
Club, Rotary, Zonta Club, Uonanrs Golf Association, Uoman's Club, Property
Owners Protective Association, Music Club, Gulfstream Hospital Association,
Garden Club, Alcoholics Anonymous.

23. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Episcopal, Lutheran,
Methodist, Presbyterian, Unity.

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