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.
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Volume ID: VID00111
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Monroe County 1IrarI

Part A----General Information *

1. Location

Key West, the southernmost community in the United States, is in
the Florida Keys. The town is on an island approximately 3- miles
long and one mile wide. It is between the Florida Straits and the
Gulf of Mexico. Key West is 157 miles southwest of Miami and 90
miles north of Havana, Cuba. The elevation ranges from 8 to 15

2. Transportation

Local bus service: Seven buses are used to provide local bus

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

Rail: Rail service is not available. Florida City, 125 miles
away, is the nearest railroad station.

Intercity bus service: Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines.

Air: National Airlines provides service to Miami and Aerovias
Q.S.A. provides service to Havana, Cuba.

Charter flight operators: Tom Wood, Garrison Bight, Key West
(seaplanes) and George Faraldo, Meacham Field, Key West, operate
charter flight services.

Passenger boat lines: None.

3. Population

1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census

Total county 23,000 19,018 14,078
Total city .18,815 14,246 12,927

4. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau temperature records for 68 years
and rainfall records for 50 years.)

Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall

January 69.9 1.96 July 83.5 3.28
February 71.0 1.34 August 83.6 4.51
March 73.1 1.39 September 82.4 6.70
April 76.1 1.29 October 79.0 6.00
May 79.3 3.51 November 74.3 2.19
June 82.1 4.24 December 70.7 1.67
Annual 77.1 38.08

5. History

Key West was the base for Spanish adventurers and latter for
pirate crews and commercial fishermen. It developed as a perma-
nent settlement in the early 1800's when marine salvage and com-
mercial fishing became profitable businesses. Groups of cockney
English and Negroes from the Bahamas were among the first perma-
nent settlers. In 1823, Commodore David Porter was sent to Key
West with a part of the U. S. fleet to drive pirates from the Keys


5. History (Cont.)

Following his successful campaign, families from New England,
Virginia and South Carolina settled here, along with many Tories
who had fled to the Bahama.s during the American Revolution. Sal-
vaging cargoes from vessels wrecked on outlying reefs was a pro-
fitable business during the early days of Key West. Key West was
the world's largest cigar manufacturing center in 1870. Key West
was an important naval base during the Spanish-American War and
both World Wars. The U. S. Naval Submarine Base at Key West is a
permanent installation.

6 Major Sources of Income

The U. S. Navy employs about 1,000 civilian workers providing
the largest payroll in Key West. Several thousand service men
are stationed in Key West and spend much of their pay locally.
Tourist and sports fishermen are also important factors in the
local economy. Due to the distance to most sources of raw
materials and to markets, Key West is not a manufacturing city.
Commercial and sponge fishing, preparing green turtles for market
and manufacturing hand-made cigars are the principal manufactur-
ing and processing businesses in Key West.

7. Newspapers

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

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

8. Radio Stations

Radio Station WKWF operates on a frequency of 1600 kilocycles
with power of 500 watts. It is not affiliated with a network,

9. Private Schools and Colleges

Convent of Mary Immaculate is open to girls from the first through
twelth grades. There is also a Catholic elementary school for

Part B---Recreation and Entertainment

1. Special Events

The Junior Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament, held annually
from November to April; a Labor Day celebration, and Latin fiestas
are the principal special events in Key West.

2, Athletic Events

The Miami baseball team in the Florida-International League held
spring training in Key West in 1947.

3. Commercial Attractions

Tours by sightseeing buses and boats are available. Information
on tours can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce.

4. Tourist Clubs

From January to April the Chamber of Commerce Tourist Club has
a program every Friday night and an outing on the Keys every
Wednesday afternoon. There are no dues, but special assessments
are made for some activities.

5. Recreational Clubs
Key West Golf Club has a clubhouse and nine-hole golf course. Key
West Yacht Club and Sun and Sand Beach Club have clubhouses.

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6. Civic Organizations


Business & Professional
Women's Club
Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce

Junior Chamber of Commerce
Junior Women's Club

Women's Club

7- Fraternal Organizations


Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting

3rd Wed. 8 p.m. Woman's Club

Wednesday, 8 p.m. Poinciana Com-
munity Center
Every other Monday, Poinciana Com-
8 p.m. munity Center
1st Tues, 7:30 p.m. Women's Club
Thursday, 12:15 pm. Episcopal Parish
1st Tues., 4 p.m. Women's Club
(Oct. through May only)

Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting

American Legion
American Legion Auxiliary
Knights of Pythias
Anchor Masonic Lodge
Order of Eastern Star
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign War

2nd & 4th Wed. 8 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thurs.8p.m.
1st & 3rd Thurs.8p.m.
1st & 3rd Wed. 8 p.m.
2nd & 4th Mon. 8 p.m.
2nd & 4th Fri. 8 p.m.
Tues., 8 p.m.
1st & 3rd Thurs.8p.m.

Legion Clubhouse
Legion Clubhouse
Elks Club
Masonic Hall
Masonic Hall
Masonic Hall
Masonic Hall
V.F.W. Clubhouse

2nd & 4th Thurs.8p.m. V.F.W. Clubhouse

8. Organized Entertainment

During the winter season, the Barn Theatre Players and the Play
Guild each present three or four plays and the Concert Series
presents four or five concerts. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors
card parties and moonlight cruises. Dances are held the year round
The high school band gives several concerts each winter.

9. Recreational Facilities

Bayview Park, bandstand, tennis courts, shuffleboard, basketball,
softball field and bleachers, children's playground, lights;
Poinciana Playfield, undeveloped; Poinciana Playground, swimming
area and children's playground; Municipal Beach, supervised
bathing beach.

10. Hunting

Hunting on the Keys is limited to small game. Key West is a bird
refuge. There are no hunting lodges in this area.

11. Fishing

About 600 species of salf water fish are found in nearby waters
of the Gulf Stream, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Fishing
from boats and from bridges on the Overseas Highway are both
popular. A fleet of 30 deep sea fishing boats operate from Key
West. Information on rates for boats can be obtained from Captain
Johhny West, Secretary, Charter Boatmen's Association, 909 Eaton
Street. Local hotels and tourist courts provide convenient ac-
commodations for fishermen.
12, Churches
Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic,Christian Science, Church of Goc
Congregational, Episcopal, Jewish Methodist and Presbyterian
demoninations have services in Key West. There are also three
non-denominational churches.



Part C---Accommodations

1. Hotels, Tourist Courts

Atlantis Hotel Apartments 1303 Simonton Street four efficiency
apartments and four one-bedroom apartments.
Beach Guest House, 1328 White Street, four rooms, two baths.
Bonamy's South Beach Cottage, foot of Simonton Street, 13 three-
room apartments, private beach.
Benny's Motor Court, 909 Simonton Street, five cottages, five
apartments, restaurant.
Blue Marlin Motel, foot of Simonton Street, 14 rooms with private
bath, private beach, cabanas.
Cactus Terrace, 727 Division Street, hotel and cottages.
Casa Cayo Hueso, 1400 Duval Street, 14 rooms with private bath,
cocktail lounge and restaurant, beach.
Casa Corral, 822 Duval Street, four efficiency apartments for
yearly rental, coffee shop.
Duffy's Tavern, 600 Division Street, 10 rooms, restaurant.
Dukes Hotel Rooms, 300 Front Street, six rooms with bath, new
concrete building.
El Rancho Motel, 830 Division Street.
Flamingo Motel, North Beach Drive and U. S. Highway 1, nine rooms
with private bath, heating and cooling facilities. Six units
with kitchens.
Gibson Hotel, 1015 Fleming Street, 35 rooms, 17 baths.
La Concha Hotel, Duval and Fleming Streets, 128 rooms with private
baths, dining room, cocktail lounge.
Lord's Beach Court, South and Elizabeth Streets, 14 rooms with
private bath, efficiency units.
New Charles Hotel, 525 Eaton Street, 21 rooms, 10 baths.
Ocean View Hotel and Cottages, 1317 Duval Street, 20 rooms, eight
baths, and 23 cottages with baths and kitchenettes. Recreation
center and dining room.
Overseas Hotel, 917 Fleming Street, 74 rooms with private bath,
dining room and cocktail lounge.
Paul's Apartments, 1129 Fleming Street, 24 apartments. Linens
and equipment furnished.
Pirates Cove Fishing Lodge, Pirates Cove Key (20 miles north of
Key West), private swimming pool, charter boats, bar, movies.
Poinsettia Hotel, 412 Francis Street, 18 rooms, seven baths.
Southern Cross Hotel, 326 Duval Street, 30 rooms, 25 baths.
Southwind Motel, 1321 Simonton Street, seven two-room apartments,
four one- and two-room suites.
Steven Hotel Apartments, South and Simonton Street, four effi-
ciency apartments, 16 rooms with private bath, private beach.
Stutz Hotel, 410 Fleming Street, 10 rooms, six baths.
South Beach Motel, foot of Simonton Street, 30 rooms with private
bath, miniature golf course, private beach.
The Tides, 408 Eaton, 12 rooms, four baths, five efficiency apart-
Weavers Camp, Stock Island (32 miles north of Key West), 12
cottages, private swimming pool, restaurant.

2. Trailer Parks

Southern Inn Trailer Park, 612 Simonton Street.
Gulf Stream Trailer Park, 600 Division Street, also has cottages
and restaurant.
Mastic Trailer Camp, 638 United.
Rose Trailer Park, 603 Division Street.

3. Other Accommodations
Information on guest homes, apartments, and houses can be obtained
from the Chamber of Commerce or real estate brokers.
5. Specialized Eating Places
Key West has several restaurants that are noted for Spanish foods
and seafoods.

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