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
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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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Polk 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 3
4. Manufacturing Industries 3

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 4
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. Hotels and Restaurants 6
19. Newspapers 6
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
21. Civic Organizations 6
22. Churches 6

Prepared By:

Haines City, Florida

101 Fifth Street South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida

Revised: 311 North Calhoun Street
July/48 Tallahassee, Florida




Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Haines City is in Central Florida, 56 miles east of Tampa and 41
miles southwest of Orlando.

Chief topographic features: Hilly, three lakes in corporate limits. Eleva-
tion, 140 feet above sea level.

2. Climate

(From observations at Bartow, Florida.)

Annua January April July October

Normal temperature 72.2 61.4 71.5 81.6 74.3
Normal rainfall 55.31 2.65 2.43 8.36 3.63

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, February 5;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 13; average length of
growing season, 311 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Yellow pine and gum, in small quantities, are available 10 to 20
miles from town. Slash pine is available five to 10 miles from town. J. P.
Williams and G. L. Grono are the principal lumber producers. Five portable
sawmills operate in this area.

Minerals: Clay is found inside city limits and sand is available five to
ten miles from town. Principal producers are Standard Sand & Silica Company,
sand; Davenport Lumber and Supply Company, cement blocks; and T. B. Smith,
cement blocks.

Minerals produced in past: Peat was formerly produced seven miles from town.
Supply is not believed to be exhausted.

Chief agricultural products: Citrus (6,000,000 boxes), bees and truck crops.

Other: Milk, cattle and bees.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1948 1945 1940 193522 1930

County total 119,100 112,429 86,665 82,184 72,291
City total 5,818 5,132 3,890 3,430 3,037
Negroes in county -- 24,994 18,516 17,740 16,020
Negroes in city -- 1,719 -

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white, Negro.

2. Labor

Unions: All building trades are represented by A. F. of L. Local citrus
industry is not yet organized.

Female employment: Approximately 15% of total employment is female. Approxi-
mately 400 females are employed in manufacturing industries.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 700; unskilled female, 654; skilled
male, 850; skilled female, 850. There is no differential in the wages of
white and Negro workers of equal skill.
General: There is usually a surplus of labor during the summer months, since
citrus packing and canning plants are not operating and tourist trade is


3. Retail Market

General: Haines City serves as the retail trade center for Dundee, Lake,
Hamilton, Davenport and Loughman.

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,333.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $92,077,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $24,152,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $8,036,000,*
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $2,800,000.*

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

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Number of manufacturing establishments, 7.

Principal manufacturing industries: Paramount Canning Company, citrus juices
and hearts; Suni-Citrus Products, Inc., dairy feed; Floridagold Corporation,
citrus juice; Emergency Molasses Co., citrus molasses;.Florida Frozen Fruits,
frozen fruits; Holly Hill Fruit Products, citrus hearts and juices; C. S.
Taylor & Co., citrus candy and fruit cakes; Seminole Palm Co., tropical

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Commission-Manager.

Officials: Mayor, R. L. Smith; City Manager, Charles H. Leighton; City
Attorney, Robert T. Dewell.

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

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

1947 city tax rate: Operations, 3 mills; debt service, 10 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 7 mills; debt service,
18 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $4,957,089.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $10 to $25.

City utility tax: 6%.

Other major city taxes: Cigarette tax, 1lJ per package of 20.

1947 county tax rate: Operations, 16.92 mills; debt service,.11 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $640,000.

Other long-term obligations: City, $16,000.

Part D---Communitv Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer, power distribution system,
zoning, tax district and park maps are available.




2. Transportation Facilities

Rail: Haines City is a junction point for two main lines of the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad, Pick-up and delivery service for less than carload
freight is available.

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

Highway: U. S. Highways 17 and 92 and Florida Highway 17 pass through Haines

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus service.

Intercity trucking facilities: Hunt Truck Line, Central Truck Line and Great
Southern Truck Line serve all of Florida. All major cities in Florida can be
reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Haines City Airport, one mile northwest of town, is municipally-owned.
The field has hangar space and two 1,900-foot sod runways. The field is
open to private planes. *Charter cross-country flights are offered by Delbert
Collins Charter Plane Service.

3. Power

General: Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the distribution and
generating systems. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the company's

4. Fuel

Coal: Delivered cost per ton for domestic lump, $20.

Gas: Central Florida Gas Corporation distributes artificial gas rated at
525 B.t.u. per cubic foot. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the
company's office.

Bottled gas: Green's Fuel distributes butane.

Other: Kerosene is available from several local distributors. Delivered
cost is 14.70 per gallon including all taxes.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Haines City has storm and sanitary sewers. Sewage is treated by
primary sedimentation, natural sand filter, and separate sludge digester.
Disposal plant is rated to handle 200,000 gallons per day but is only handling
100,000 gallons. City plans to double capacity of disposal plant and add
several extensions to lines.

Industrial wastes: Industries pump wastes outside city limits.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in business district and twice weekly in
the residential sections.

6. Water Supply

Operator: City.

Source: Three wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: None.

Consumption: 310,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 650,000 gallons per day.
Chemical analysis: Schedule may be obtained from City Hall.
Rate: Rate schedules may be obtained from City Clerk's office.


7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Peninsular Telephone Company operates a dial exchange
serving 947 company-owned stations, 125 rural stations and 50 toll circuits.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
week-days and 9 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High High


Number of schools 2 1 1
Present enrollment 550 225 200
Present capacity 400 175 150


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 250 75 60
Present capacity 200 50

Vocational training for white students: None.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Libraries: Haines City Library, 6,000 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one doctor and one available dentist. Does
not operate a clinic.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and three nurses. Operates a
venereal disease clinic in Haines City.

Hospitals: Ridge Hospital, a private general hospital, has seven beds. Not
in operation.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: City Park has bathing beach and picnic grounds.

Athletic fields Yale Athletic Field has lighted softball, baseball and foot-
ball fields. There is a basketball court in the Armory.

Other: City Park has tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and volleyball
courts. City has a paid recreational director during July and August.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of four policemen. City has two police cars, one with
radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: Constable and sheriff provide police protection outside city limits.
County jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of two full-time and 32 volunteer firemen. City has
two engines and one station.
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 7.
County: City fire department furnishes protection otuside city limits.



13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 68 miles; paved, 28 miles; gravelled, 42 miles.

General: Asphalt and brick are the principal types of surfacing. 25% of the
streets are curbed. 15% of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively re-
paired during the next five years.

14. Banking Facilities

State Bank of Haines City, total resources, April 12, 1948, $3,095,146.10.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 2; architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 3; machine repair facilities, 3; foundries, 1; auto-
motive repair facilities, 10; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 8; grocery stores,
10; drug stores, 3; auto supply stores, 2; hardware stores, 2; bakeries, 2;
furniture stores, 2; sporting goods stores, 1; jewelry stores, 2.

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

Vacant stores: There were three vacant stores in the business district at
the time of this survey.

Deficiencies: City needs a drive-in restaurant serving full meals.

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Haines City is not considered a wholesale distribution center for
the area. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public ware-
housing facilities are not available.

18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 4; rooms, 125.

Restaurants: Number, 4; seating capacity, 300.

19. Newspapers

Weekly: Haines City Herald, circulation, 1,938.

20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 1.

Self-service laundries: Number, 2.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

21. Civic Organizations

Name and name of president: Junior Chamber of Commerce, Everette E. Wilson;
Rotary, N. H. Stiles; Kiwanis Club, H. B. Angle; Woman's Club, Helen Knowles.

22. Churches

Denomination: Methodist, Christian, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Church
of Christ. Negro churches, 6.

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