INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL AD VANTAGE S
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA
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
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
CHAMBER OF COI2ERCE
Delray Beach, Florida
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DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA
Part A--Natural Resources
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.
(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,
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.
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,
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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
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
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-
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery service is available for express. Direct air express is
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.
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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.
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
7, Cormunications Facilities
Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
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
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.
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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.
Denominations: Baptist, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Episcopal, Lutheran,
Methodist, Presbyterian, Unity.