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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?]
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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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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00110
Source Institution: University of Florida
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INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTA

KEY WEST, FLORIDA

Monroe County



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Part A---Natural Resources

1, Geography
2. Climate
3. Local Raw Materials

Part B---General Economy

1. Population
2. Labor
3. Retail Market
4. Manufacturing Industries

Part C---Government

1. Administration
2. Finances

Part D---Community Facilities


Transportation Facilities
Power
Fuel
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Water Supply
Communications Facilities
Educational Facilities
Health Facilities
Recreational Facilities
Police Protection
Fire Protection
City Streets
Banking Facilities
Construction and Service Facilities
Retail Facilities
Wholesale Facilities
Hotels and Restaurants
Newspapers
Radio Stations
Civic Organizations
Churches


Prepared By:

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Key West, Florida

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Revised:
August/49


FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
Tallahassee, Florida


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KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Key West, the county seat of Monroe County, is the southernmost
municipality in the United States. It is 157 miles southwest of Miami.

Chief topographical features: Key West is on an island approximately 31 miles
long and one mile wide. The terrain is flat. Elevation, approximately eight
feet.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations.)

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 76.9 69.5 75.7 83.5 79.1
Normal rainfall 38.11 1.96 1.29 3.28 6.00

Growing season: The U. S. Weather Bureau has never recorded frost at Key West.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: None.

Minerals: Marl is dredged from the sea for local building and street resur-
facing. Limestone is quarried about 75 miles away.

Agricultural products: None.

Other: Sponges and salt water fish. Green turtles are shipped in from the
Carribean and processed here.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1949 1945 1940 1930

County total -19,018 14,078 13,354 13,624
City total 20,000 14,246 12,927 12,317 12,831
Negroes in county --- 3,141 2,536 2,483 2,452
Negroes in city --- 3,037 --- 2,200

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro; Cuban.
*Estimate by Key West Chamber of Commerce.

2. Labor

Unions: Construction workers, marine boilermakers, telephone employees, truck
and bus drivers and commercial fishermen are unionized.

Female employment: Approximately 35% of the total employment is female.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 750; unskilled female, 504; skilled
male, $1.25 to $2.00.

General: Both skilled and unskilled labor is available.

3. Retail Market:

General: Key West is the retail trade center for the Florida Keys.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,069.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $7,870,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $2,351,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $791,000.*








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3. Retail Market: (cont'd)

1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $205,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General Because of geographical location, industry is not a major factor in
the local economy.

Principal manufacturing plants: Granday Canning Company, turtle soup; Thompson
Ice Company, ice; Key West Coca-Cola Bottling Company, carbonated beverages;
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, carbonated beverages.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Commission-Manager

Officials: Mayor, A. Maitland Adams; City Manager, Ralph Spalding; City
Attorney, Ignatius Lester.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical in-
spector, plumbing inspector, city engineer, park and recreation board, planning
commission and zoning board.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 19-3/4 mills; debt service, 5-1/4 mills.

City basis of assessment: '100% of actual value.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 11 mills; debt service, 0.

Bonded debt: City, $2,500,000; county, $2,000,000.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities

Rail: None.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides air express service.

Highway: U. S. Highway 1 terminates at Key Vest.

Local bus service: Key West Transit Company operates the city bus system.
Seven busses are used for local service.

Intercity trucking service: Overseas Transportation Company provides service
to Miami and connects with lines providing nationwide service. Miami and
Tampa are the principal cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Meacham Field is two miles from the business district. The field has
three 4,000 foot runways and one 2,300 foot runway. It is open to private
planes. National Airlines has three round trip flights daily to Miami and
Aerovias Q.S.A. has three round trips daily to Havana, Cuba.

Barge: A barge line makes a round trip to Miami every five days.

2. Power

General: The City of Key West owns and operates the generating facilities and
distribution system.


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2. Power (cont'd)

Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the City offices.

.3. Fuel
Coal: Coal is nwt used here.

Gas: Artificial gas, rated at 750 B.t.u. per cubic foot, is distributed by
Key West Gas Company. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's
office.

Bottled gas: Southeastern Natural Gas Corporation distributes propane, rated
at 2,500 B.t.u. per cubic foot. The delivered cost is $10 per 100 pounds.

4. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Approximately half the city is served by sewer mains. Disposal treat-
ment is by primary digestion. The total capacity of the two disposal plants
is 2,620,000 gallons per day.

5. Water Supply

Operator: Florida Keys Aqueduct Company.

Source: Deep wells at Florida City, 125 miles away.

Treatment: Filtered and chlorinated.

Consumption: 1,300,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 3,000,000 gallons per day.

Chemical analysis:
P'p.m.

Iron 0.1
Magnesium 1.4
Total hardness 72
Alkalinity 70

Rate:
Per 1,000 gallons

First 3,500 gallons, $3.00 minimum --
Next 22,000 gallons 850
Next 25,000 gallons 80o
All over 50,000 gallons 75#

6. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
manual exchange.

Telegraph service: The Western Union office in Key West is open 24 hours a day.

7. Educational Facilities
Elementary High

White

Number of schools 3 1
Enrollment 1,181 746




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7. Educational Facilities (cont'd)
Elementary High

Negro

Number of schools 1 1
Enrollment 272 144

Other schools: Key West has a Catholic school for girls from the first through
twelth grades and a Catholic elementary school for boys.

8. Health Facilitiep

City health department: None.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and three nurses. Operates a
general clinic in Key West.

Hospitals: Key West Municipal Hospital, a general hospital, has 56 beds and
17 bassinettes. There are also two small private hospitals here.

9, Recreational Facilities

Parks: Bayview Park, bandstand, tennis courts, shuffleboard, basketball, soft-
ball field and bleachers, children's playground, lights; Poinciana Playfield,
undeveloped; Poinciana Playground, swimming area and children's playground.

Athletic fields: Municipal Stadium, baseball diamond and shower room.

Other: Municipal Beach, supervised bathing beach.

S 10. Police Protection

City: Force consists of 18 men. All are uniformed.

11. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 23 full-time firemen. City has four engines and
two stations.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 6.

12. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 40 miles; paved, 19 miles.

General: Marl base and asphalt surface is the principal type of paving used.
The city has approximately 20 miles of sidewalk.

13. Banking Facilities

General: Florida National Bank, total resources, $7,108,008.10.

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 8; land surveyors, 5; general machine
shops, 5; machine repair facilities, 5; automotive repair facilities, 15.

15. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 5; grocery stores, 50; drug stores, 5.

16. Wholesale Facilities

General: Key West is the wholesale distribution center for this area.




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17. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Hotels and guest houses here have a total of 2,000 rooms.

Restaurants: Number, 30.

18. Newspapers

Daily: Key West Citizen, circulation, 3,500.

Weekly: Florida Keys Star, circulation, 1,200.

19. Radio Stations

General: Station WKWF operates with power of 500 watts.

20. Civic Organizatiops

Organization: Business and Professional Women's Club, Chamber of Commerce,
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Junior Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary, Junior
Woman's Club, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Woman's Club.

21. Churches

Denominations: White---Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science,
Church of God, Congregational, Episcopal, Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian
(also three non-denominational). Negro---African Methodist Episcopal, African
Zion, Primitive Baptist, Episcopal and Methodist.


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