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.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Volume ID: VID00062
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Marion County

STable 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

Part C--Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 3
3. Power 4
S4. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
5. Water Supply 4
6. Communications Facilities 4
7. Educational Facilities 4
8. Health Facilities 5
9. Police Protection 5
10. Fire Protection 5
11. City Streets 5
12. Banking Facilities 5
13. Construction and Service Facilities 5
14. Retail Facilities 5
15. Wholesale Facilities 5
16. Housing Conditions 5
17. Hotels and Restaurants 6
18. Newspapers 6
19. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
20. Civic Organizations 6
21. Churches 6

Prepared By:

Dunnellon, Florida


Tallahassee, Florida



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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Dunnellon is in Central Florida, approximately 30 miles southwest
of Ocala and 85 miles north of Tampa. It is also approximately 25 miles from
the Gulf of Mexico.

Chief topographical features: Withlacoochee River and Blue Run River on east
and south boundaries. Elevation, 54 feet above sea level.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Ocala, Florida.)

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 68.7 55.4 68.7 81.2 69.4
Normal rainfall 51.42 2.69 2.39 7.95 2.97

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, February 18;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 5; average length of
growing season, 290 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Slash and long-leaf pine and cypress are available five to 10 miles
from town. Goethe Lumber Company is the principal producer. Several portable
sawmills operate in vicinity. Also, I. J. Robinson has new all electric mill.

Minerals: Phosphate rock is available four miles from town. C. and J. Camp,
Inc., Section 12 Mine is the principal producer. Soft phosphate and colodial
phosphate are produced in commercial quantities.

Agricultural products: Alice clover, tung nuts, beef, pork, commercial vege-
tables and sugar cane syrup are the principal agricultural products.

Other: Excellent black bass fishing, with several camps located on river to
provide boats, bait and motors. Bass may not be taken for commercial purposes.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est, 1949* 1945 1240 1930

County Total 39,200 35,132 31,243 30,751 29,578
City total 1,200 1,344 1,217 1,068 1,194
Negroes in county --- 16,087 13,671 14,832 14,513
Negroes in city 700 517 --- 423 --

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.

Estimate by Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce.

2. Labor

General: Approximately 60% of the labor supply is Negro.

3. Retail Market

General: Dunnellon serves the local area as trade center.



3. Retail Market (Cont.)

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,232.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $22,046,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $4,214,000.*
1948 Estimated general merchandise store sales in county, $2,296,000.*
1948 Estimated drug store sales in county, 0548,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MAHAGEI'NTT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, W. J. Mixson; City Clerk, B,. G. Marshall.

Special departments: City has an active zoning board and street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 22 mills; debt service, 3 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 19 mills; debt service,
6 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $293,797.

City utility tax: None.

Other major city taxes: None.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City streets, trunk water mains, trunk sewers, and power distribution
maps are available.

Reports: City's fiscal report is available from City Clerk.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Dunnellon is served by an Atlantic Coast Line main line and a
Seaboard Air Line main line. Pick-up and delivery for less than carload
freight is not available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery for express is available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 41, and Florida Highways 40 and 484 pass through

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound has 23 buses daily and Tamiami Trail Tours
has nine buses daily through Dunnellon.


2. Transportation Facilities (Cont.)

Intercity trucking
Atlanta and Miami.
cities that can be

facilities: Central Truck Lines provides service to
Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami are the principal
reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air Transportation: Taylor Field, county-owned, 24 miles away at Ocala, is
the nearest airport. The field has two 5,000 feet runways and one 3,300 foot
runway. Field is open to private planes. Charter cross country flights are

3. Power

Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's office.

4. Sewcge and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Separate storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Sewers run into
river. System is financed by assessment.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and three times
per week in the residential section.

5. Water SuDolv

Source: Well. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: None. Soft and pure.

Consumption: 200,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 400,000 gallons per day.

6. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell
manual exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union
week-days and 2 p.m to 10 p.m. on

Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a

has office hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on
Sunday and holidays.

7. Educational Facilities


Junior High


Number of schools
Present enrollment
Present capacity


Number of schools


Vocational training for white students: Commercial subjects and home economics.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Libraries: One, at white high school.




8. Health Facilities

City health department: None.

County health department: Staff of one doctor. Does not operate a clinic.

Hospitals: Small local hospital.

9. Police Protection

City: Force consists of two policemen. City has no police cars. Regular
beets are maintained at night. City jail is not approved for quartering
Federal prisoners.

County: Police protection is furnished outside the city limits by the Sheriff's
office in Ocala. County jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

10. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of seven volunteer firemen. City has one engine and one

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.

County: No fire protection is available outside the city limits.

11. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 10 miles; paved, 1 mile; gravelled, none.

General: Rock, brick and asphalt are the principal types of pavement. About
50% of the streets are curbed and about 90% have sidewalks. About 10% of the
streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

O 12. Banking Facilities

General: Dunnellon State Bank, total resources, $717,180.66.

13. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 3; architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 4; consulting engineers, 0.

14. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 3; department stores, 3; grocery stores,
8; drug stores, 2.

Parking: City has no parking motors and no parking lots.

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

15. Wholesale Facilities

General: Dunnellon is not considered a wholesale distribution center for the
area. No special markets are operated. Commercial cold storage and public
Warehousing facilities are available and adequate for present needs.

16. Housing Conditions

General: Twenty new rental units will ease the housing situation.



17. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 2; rooms, 30.

Restaurants: Number, 5.

18. Newspapers

Weekly: Marion County Sun.

19. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 0. Ocala, Gainesville and Williston laundries
pick-up and return weekly.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

20. Civic Organizations

Name and name of president: Lions, Roland Wolfe; Woman's Club, Mrs. R. M. King

21. Churches

Denomination: Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist.


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