i INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTAGES
Pinellas 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
5. General Remarks on Economy 3
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. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 5
8, Educational Facilities 5
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 6
14. Banking Facilities 6
15. Construction and Service Facilities 6
16. Retail Facilities 6
17. Wholesale 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 7
TOWN OF GULFPORT
FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth Street South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
Part A---Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat; on Boca Ceiga Bay, Recorded elevations
range from four to 14.9 feet above sea level.
(From observations at Tarpon Springs, Florida.)
Annual Januy April July October
Temperature averages 71.6 60.4 70.7 81.4 74.1
Rainfall averages 51.20 2.38 2.13 8.48 3.20
Growing season: (From observations at Saint Petersburg.) During a 24-year
period the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded killing frosts in the Spring in
only four years and in the Fall in only six years.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: Limited quantities of commercial timber are available in the
county. No sawmills are established in Gulfport.
Minerals: Sand is produced in a number of pits in this vicinity. Commercial
shells are dredged from Tampa Bay. All sand and shell producers in this
section have their headquarters in Saint Petersburg.
Agricultural products: Citrus and semi-tropical fruits, poultry, eggs,
vegetables, pork, beef cattle and dairy products.
Other: Fish, oysters, shells for jewelry, and palmetto pulp and fibre.
8 Part B--General Economy
Est. 1947 1942 19345 23Q
County total 145,000 130,268 91,582 64,638 62,149
City total --- 2,443 1,581 1,036 851
Negroes in county 16,200 16,106' 16,137 12,137 10,974
Negroes in city --- 1 -- 2 -
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
Unions: Gulf Coast District Fisherman's Union, a branch of Seafarer's
Union, A. F. of L., is the only national union established in Gulfport.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 700-800; unskilled Negro
male, 600-70 ; unskilled white female, 600-700; unskilled Negro female,
500-60;, skilled white male, $1.25-$1.50; skilled Negro male, $1-$1.25;
skilled white female, 800-90f; skilled Negro female, 750-800.
General: At present there is a surplus of skilled and unskilled, white
& and Negro labor.
0 3. Retail Market:
General: Gulfport is the retail trade center for the town only. Most
major purchases are made in Saint Petersburg.
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,346.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $21,337,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county,
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $8,807,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further re-
production not licensed.
4. Manufacturing Industries:
General: There are no manufacturing industries in Gulfport.
5. General Remarks on Economy:
Gulfport is contiguous to the city limits of Saint Petersburg and is
primarily a residential community. Many of the residents are retired and
others work in Saint Petersburg or in local retail businesses.
Officials: Mayor, Walter Williams.
Special departments: The city has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector and: planningg board.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 2 mills; debt service, 7- mills on
homestead exempt property and 15i mills on non-exempt property.
City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: None.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: None.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 16.65 mills; debt service, 1.35 mills.
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 11.45 mills; debt
service, .85 mills.
Bonded debt: City, $700,000; county, $10,247,000.
Part D--Community Facilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City street and power distribution system maps are available.
Reports: A Planning Commission report on the city's physical development
2. Transportation Facilities:
Railroad: No railroad serves Gulfport direct. Passenger and freight
service is available from Saint Petersburg, a terminal point on the Atlantic
Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line.
Express service: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express
service from Saint Petersburg.
Highway: No U.. S. or Florida highways pass through Gulfport.
Local bus service: None. Streetcar service is available to downtown Saint
Intercity bus service: The following service is available from Saint
2. Transportation Facilities: (Cont.)
Company Number of buses daily
Florida Greyhound Lines 47in 47 out
Gulf Coast Motor Line 2 in 2 out
Tamiami Trail Tours, Inc. 2 in 2 out
Southern Tours (charter) 2 in 2 out
Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines, Terminal Van Lines,
Tamiami Trail Tours, and Allied Van Lines provide trucking facilities to all
Southeastern states. Miami and Jacksonville are the principal cities that
can be reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: The nearest fields are Albert Whitted Airport, 6 miles away, and
Pinellas County Airport, 12 miles away. Albert Whitted has four runways,
ranging from 2,800 feet to 3,700 feet, and three hangers with a total of
33,340 square feet. The field is open to private planes. Charter cross-
country flights, sightseeing flights and pilot training are available.
Commercial operations are based at Pinellas County Airport. The following
commercial service is available:
Company Tvpe of Service Number of Flights
National Air Lines passenger and express 4 in and 4 out daqiy
U. S. Air Lines freight 5 to 10 a week
Southern Air Express freight 1 to 2 a week
Aerovias Latinos Americanas freight 2 to 3 a week
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the company's office
in Saint Petersburg.
S 4. Fuel:
Coal: Delivered cost per ton is $15.50 for domestic lump. No industrial
stoker is used in this section.
Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.
Bottled gas: Saint Petersburg Appliance Company and Protane Gas Service
distribute bottled gas.
Other: City Fuel Oil Company and Johnstone Brothers Fuel Company are
wholesale distributors of fuel oil. Cost is 6i- to 94 per gallon, depending
upon grade and quantity.
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: City has no sewerage system. Individual septic tanks are the
principal method of sewage disposal.
6. Water Supply:
Source: Gulfport purchases wirtr from the Saint Petersburg municipal system.
The source is wells in the Cosmo-Odessa Lake region of Hillsborough County.
& The source is considered adequate for expansion.
Treatment: Filtered and chlorinated. Softened by.ferrisul process.
Calcium 37.7 Phosphate 0.3
Magnesium 2.6 Carbonate 9.3
Sodium 6.6 Total Hd. (calc) 99.3
Potassium 2.0 Free C02 1.7
Bicarbonate 113.5 pH 7.6
Sulfate 10.2 Iron 0.0
Chloride 12.0 Color 10.0
Nitrate tr Taste 0.0
Temperature Avg. 700 (Methyl Orange) 93,
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Peninsular Telephone Company serves Gulfport from the
Saint Petersburg dial exchange.
Telegraph service: The Western Union office in Saint Petersburg has office
hours of 6:30 a. m to 11:30 p. m. on weekdays and 8 a. m to 11 p. m. on
Sunday and holidays.
8. Educational Facilities:
Public schools: Gulfport has one elementary school, with an enrollment of
300. Students in other grades attend school n, Saint Petersburg,
Private schools: Florida Military Academy (500 students).
Vocational training for white students: Courses in commercial subjects,
auto mechanics, radio, sheet metal, printing, machine shop, wood working,
drafting, beauty culture, photography, weaving and sewing are available at
Tomlinson Vocational School, a county-operated school in Saint Petersburg.
Vocational training for Negro students: Courses in commercial subjects,
auto mechanics, wood working, carpentry, dry cleaning, tailoring and beauty
Other schools: (In Saint Petersburg) Saint Petersburg Junior College, Saint
Saint Paults Parochial School (Catholic), Admiral Farragut Naval Academy,
Trinity College and Bible School, Bixby Business School, Pan American
Business University, Saint Petersburg School of Ceramics, Eborn School of
Dance Art, L. R. Kashdau Auto Driving School.
Private Kindergartens: Aiken Open Air School, Country Day School, Euclid
Nursery School, Shorecrest Outdoor School and Hewitt Nursery Boarding and
Library: Gulfport Public Library, 11,000 volumes.
9. Health Facilities:
City health department: None.
County health department: Staff of five doctors, one dentist and eleven
nurses. Operates one white and one Negro clinic in Saint Petersburg.
Hospitals: Saint Petersburg hospitals serve Gulfport. General Hospitals
there are Mound Park, a 220-bed municipal hospital, and Saint Anthony's, a
100-bed Catholic hospital. Bay Pines, a 444-bed Veterans Administration
hospital, is just outside Saint Petersburg.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: Waterfront Park.
Athletic fields: Tennis court, baseball and softball field.
Other: Waterfront Casino, shuffleboard courts, Community hall, Yacht Club,
Fish and Game Association clubhouse, roller skating rink.
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of two policemen. City has one police car, with radio
equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed.
County: Police protection is provided by Sheriff and seven deputies,
Sheriff's office has five patrol cars, with two-way radio. Florida Highway
Patrol has three patrolmen, with two-way radio equipped cars, stationed in
12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of volunteer firemen. City has two engines and one
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 6.
12. Fire Protection: (Cont.)
County: Property outside the corporate limits of Gulfport is within the
corporate limits of Saint Petersburg.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Paved, 21 miles; shell, 7? miles.
S 14. Banking Facilities:
General: There are no banks in Gulfport. Banking facilities are available
in Saint Petersburg.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
General: No general contractors, architects, land surveyors, general machine
shops, machine repair facilities, foundries or consulting engineers are
available in Gulfport, but all are available in Saint Petersburg, Gulfport
has several automotive repair facilities.
16. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 0; department stores, 0; grocery stores,
4; drug stores, 1 (sundries). All retail facilities are available in Saint
Parking: City has no parking meters and one parking lot.
Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.
17. Wholesale Facilities.
SGeneral: Gulfport is not a wholesale distribution center. Public ware-
housing facilities are available in Saint Petersburg but are inadequate fcr
present needs. Two new warehouses are planned. Adequate commercial cold
storage and commercial freezing facilities are available in Saint Petersburg.
18. Housing Conditions:
General: There is a shortage of housing at present, but much construction
is now in progress.
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 50.
Restaurants, Number, 5; seating capacity, 100.
Daily: Saint Petersburg Times and The Evening Independent are delivered
Weekly: Gulfport Tribune.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
General: One Saint Petersburg laundry and dry cleaning establishment has an
agency in Gulfport.
22. Civic Organizations:
General: The Womants Club is the only civic organization in Gulfport.
Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Civitan, Optimist, Exchange, Woman's Club, Junior
Woman's Club, Junior League, Business and Professional Woman's Club, and
Pilot Club are active in Saint Petersburg,
Denomination: Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist and Church of Christ have
churches in Gulfport. Baptist, Christian, Church of Christ, Church of
Christ Scientist, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutherna, Free
Methodist, Hebrew, Lutheran, Methodist, Nazarene, Pentecostal, Presbyterian,
Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Spiritualist, Unitarian and Unity
congregations have churches in Saint Petersburg,