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Table of Contents
SPart 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
S5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 4
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12, Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 5
14. Banking Facilities $
15. Construction and Service Facilities 5
16, Retail Facilities 5
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 6
FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth Street South
Saint Petersburgl, Florida
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
With the assistance of City officials.
Part A-Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Hilly. Elevation, 50 feet above sea level.
Annual January Aril July October
Temperature averages 70.4 58.4 70.0 80.9 72.7
Rainfall averages 51.20 2.44 2.38 8.72 2.73
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, February 12;
usual date of first killing frost in Fall, December 9; average length of
growing season, 300 days.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: No timber is available in the immediate vicinity. Bellamy Lumber
Company sells lumber.
Minerals: Processing of phosphate dust left from rock washing operations at
old mine locations. Phosphate was produced 10 miles from town. Supply is
not believed to be exhausted.
Agricultural products: Watermelons, corn, peanuts and citrus are the
principal agricultural products.
Other: Beef cattle are produced in commercial quantities. Salt water fish
are brought to Inverness for sale and shipment.
Part B--General Economy
Pt. 1947 945 O 1935 12O
County total 5,800 5,477 5,846 5,599 5,516
City total 1,500 1,220 1,075 981 1,215
Negroes in county 1,681 1,681 1,687 1,727 1,799
Negroes in city 393 393 266 ---
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.
Female employment: Approximately 5% of the total employment is female. No
women are employed in manufacturing industries,
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 754; unskilled Negro male,
65#; unskilled white female, 50; unskilled Negro female, 400; skilled
white male, $1.35; skilled Negro male, $1.00; skilled white female, 75#;
skilled Negro female, 65#,
General: Labor supply is limited at present.
3e Retail Market:
General: Inverness serves as the retail trade center for Citrus County.
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,920.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $895,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county withheld to
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $172,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
4. Manufacturing Industries:
5. General Remarks on Economy:
Employment is fairly steady and does not depend on seasonal tourist trade.
Natural resources are limited, mostly phosphate rock deposits.
Officials: Mayor, Frances Williams; City Attorney, M. G. Scofield.
Special departments: The city has an active street department.
Zoning: City does not have a zoning ordinance.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 9 mills; debt service, 18 mills.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 5 mills; debt service,
City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $881,148.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: Schedule may be obtained from City
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: None.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 22 mills; debt service, 0,
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 22 mills; debt
Special district: All property in city is subject to a special tax rate of
Bonded debt: City, $559,400; county, $1,300,000.
Part D..-Community Facilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer, and power distribution system
maps are available.
2. TransDortation Fqaclities:
Railroad: Inverness is served by an Atlantic Coast Line main line with four
passenger and 15 freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than car-
load freight is available,
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery for express is not available. Direct air express is
Highway: U. S. Highway 41 passes through Inverness.
City bus service: None.
Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines and Tamiami Trail tours have a total
of 32 buses daily through Inverness.
2. Transportation Facilities: (Cont.)
Intercity trucking facilities: None. Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville and Atlanta
are the principal cities that could be reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: Southern Pines, a privately-owned airport, is 1I miles from town. The
field has one 3,000 feet runway and no hanger space. The field is not open
to private planes except in emergencies. Charter cross country flights are
not available. Scheduled commercial air transportation is not available.
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
facilities. Rate schedules may be obtained from the company's office on
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.
Bottled gas: Inverness Plumbing Company distributes Greens Fuel. Delivered
cost is 250 per gallon.
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Septic tanks are used for
disposal. System is financed by assessment. Additions to present sewage
and waste disposal systems are contemplated.
Garbage: Garbage is collected every other day.
6. Water Supply:
Source: Well. Present source not considered adequate for expansion beyond
present pumping capacity.
Consumption: 100,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 300,000 gallons per day.
Rate: Rate schedules may be obtained from City Clerk.
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Florida Telephone Corporation operates a manual exchange
serving 150 company-owned stations, 15 rural stations and four toll circuits.
System is to be changed to dial exchange at an early date.
Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8:30 a. m. to
5:30 p. m. on weekdays and 10:30 a. m. to noon on Sundays and holidays.
8. Educational Facilities:
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 1 *
Present enrollment 164 75 75
Present capacity 200 100 100
Number of schools *
Present enrollment 72 13 -
Present capacity 100 -- -
*Grades 1 through 12 are combined in one school.
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8. Educational Facilities: (Cont.)
Vocational training for white students: Machine shop, agriculture, and
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
Libraries: Woman's Club Library, 1,500 volumes.
S 9. Health Facilities:
City health dea rtment: City has no health department.
County health department: Staff of one nurse. Does not operate a clinic.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public )arks: Government Park, has no playground equipment.
Athletic fields: High school football field and baseball diamond.
Other: Government Park has picnic grounds.
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of one policeman. City has no police cars. Patrolman
is not uniformed. Regular beats are not maintained at night. City jail is
not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
County: Police protection outside the city limits is furnished by the
Sheriff's office. County jail is not approved for quartering Federal
S 12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of 13 volunteer firemen. City has one engine and ono
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.
County: No fire protection is available outside the city limits.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 32 miles; paved 22 miles~ gravelled, 0.
General: Asphalt is the principal type of pavement used. Approximately 75%
of the streets are curbed. About 10% of the streets should be rebuilt or
extensively repaired during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities:
General: Bank of Inverness, total resources, $2,000,000.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 2~ architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0;
automotive repair facilities, 4; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 0; grocery stores,
4; drug stores, 2.
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.
17. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Inverness is not considered a wholesale distribution center for the
area. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public warehousing
facilities are not available.
18. Housing Conditions:
General: The housing situation is acute. At least 50 residential units are
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 50.
Restaurants: Number, 3; seating capacity, 150.
Weekly: Citrus County Chronicle, circulation, 1,000.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.
22. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: Kiwanis, L. C, Connell.
Denominations Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal.