INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVAN .~ ES
LEESBURG, FLORIDA *
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
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D---Co-iaunity Facilities
1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 4
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. JWater 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, Hotels 6
17. Radio Stations 6
18o Civic Organizations 6
19. Churches 6
CIHABER OF COMMERCE
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
Part A--Natural Resources
Location: Leesburg is in Central Florida, 137 miles south of Jacksonville,
42 miles northwest of Orlando and 68 miles southwest of Daytona Beach.
Chief Topographical features: Rolling hills,'lakes. Maximum elevation, 96
feet above sea level.
Annual January April July October
Normal temperature 71.8 59.7 71.1 82,4 73.5
Normal rainfall 47.57 2.54 2.49 7.24 3.54
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, February 7;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 18; average length of
growing season, 314 days.
3. Local Raw Materials
Timber: Longleaf, slash and black pine, magnolia and cypress are available
five to 30 miles from town. Connell Lumber Company operates a sawmill,
Minerals: Sand from lake bottoms is produced in commercial quantities 3
miles from tomn. Limestone and clay are available 15 miles from town at
Agricultural products: Citrus fruits, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, cucum-
bers, grapes, beef cattle, hogs, poultry and eggs.
Other: Ferns, flowers and other nursery products; moss. Fresh water fish
are available but may not be taken for commercial purposes.
Part B--General Economy
Est. 1948 1945 190 1935 1930
County total 29,500* 27,946 27,255 28,062 23,161
City total 7,500** 5,964 4,687 4,326 4,113
Negroes in county ---- 7,483 7,602 7,958 6,442
Negroes in city 2,145 ---- 1,452 --
*Copyright 1948, SALES ~iArAGtLET'T Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduc-
tion not licensed,
**Estimate by Leesburg Chamber of Commerce,
Predominant nationalities: iative-born white; Negro.
Unions: Apparently no national unions are established in local manufacturing
Female employment: Approximately 40o of the total employment is female.
About 50% of the employment in manufacturing industries is female.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 650; unskilled Negro male,
500; unskilled white female, 60; unskilled Negro female, 501; skilled white
male, (1.40; skilled Negro male, 1,.40; skilled white female, 78; skilled
Negro female, 505.
General: Most of the workers registered for employment at the Florida State
Employment Service office were unskilled, with some skilled and no profes-
sional persons registered.
3. Retail Market
General: Leesburg is the retail trade center for Lake and Sumter counties,
1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, 03,156.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $20,067,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food store sales in county, ?6,903,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $1,500,000.*
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, 0886,000.*
*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
4. Manufacturing Industries
Principal manufacturing plants: Walling Crate Company, crates and boxes;
Lucas Concrete Block, concrete blocks; Mason Concrete Blocks, concrete blocks;
Cherrhyre Block Company, concrete blocks; Ornamental Iron Works, iron orna-
ments; Lake County Creamery, ice cream; Vacuum Foods Corporation, citrus
Officials: Mayor, Paul L. Miller; City Manager, J. Z. Mizell; City Clerk and
Auditor, E. Vance Jones.
* Special departments: City has an active city engineer, recreation board,
planning and zoning boad.,- streett department and plumbing inspector.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 0; debt service, 20 mills.
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 0; debt service,
City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in the city: 04,808,097.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: Based on type of plant; average is
$15 per year.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: Occupational license taxes.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 15.9375 mills; debt service, ,6875
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 13.5 mills; debt
service, .5 mills.
Bonded debt: City, l1,218,000; county, 0.
Other long-term obligations: City, 0; county, 0.
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: Trunk water main, trunk sewer, power distribution system, zoning and
tax district maps are available.
2, Transportation Facilities
Railroad: Leesburg is on a main line of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and
a branch line of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. The Seaboard has daily
freight service and has a passenger car on one freight train. The Atlantic
Coast Line has both passenger and freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery
service is available for less than carload freight.
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Sched-
uled air express service is not available but charter air express service is
provided by local operators. Free pick-up and delivery service is available
Highway: U. S. Highways 27 and 441 and Florida Highway 44 pass through
Local bus service: None,
Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus service.
Air: Hoover Airport is 2 miles from town and Grayts Airport is 3' miles
from town. Both are privately-owned. Hoover has four hangars and Gray's has
five hangars. Hoover has one 1,500-foot runway and Gray's has one 1,800-foot
and one 2,600-foot runway. Both fields are open to private planes. Charter
cross country flights are available, Scheduled commercial air transportation
is not available,
General: The City of Leesburg owns and operates the distributing facilities.
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating facilities. Copies
of rate schedules can be obtained at the City office.
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.
Bottled gas: Kenneth W. Hanson distributes protane, rated at 2,500 B.t.u.
per cubic foot. Delivered cost is '6.75 per 100 .pounds,
Other: Fuel oils are available front local distributors.
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: Storm sewers are installed for all paved streets. Sanitary sewerage
service is available for domestic and commercial users. A Dor system, with
300,000 gallons daily capacity, is used for disposal. Additions to the present
system are planned.
Industrial waste disposal: Industries must provide their own waste disposal
facilities. Industrial waste is now emptied into a lake.
Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and three times
weekly in residential sections.
6. Water Supply
Source: Deep wells. Present source is not considered adequate for expansion,
Consumption: 600,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 2,590,000 gallons per day.
7. Communications Facilities
Telephone service: Florida Telephone Corporation operates a manual exchange
serving 1,469 company-owned stations in the city, 471 rural stations and 52
Telegraph service: Uestern Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on
week days and 9 to 11 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays,
8. Educational Facilities
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 2 1 1
Present enrollment 692 301 266
Present capacity 650 300 300
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 200 150 140
Present capacity 150 140 100
Vocational training for white students: Vocational agriculture, home
economics and diversified cooperative training.
Vocational training for Negro students: Vocational agriculture.
Libraries: City Library.
9. Health Facilities
City health department: Staff of one doctor. Does not operate a clinic.
County health department: Staff of one doctor and four nurses. Operates
weekly general disease, immunization and maternity clinics in Leesburg,
Clermont, Tavares and Umatilla.
Hospitals: Private general hospitals in Leesburg are Durham Young Hospital
and Clinic, 35 beds; George Stevens Hospital and Clinic, 18 beds and 6
bassinets, and Theresa Holland Hospital and Clinic, 14 beds and 8 bassinets.
10. Recreational Facilities
Public parks: Venetian Gardens, picnic grounds on lake front.
Athletic fields: Football and baseball fields.
Other recreational facilities: Recreation Center, library, swimming pool,
bathing beach, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe courts, play-
ground equipment, boat club, country club, golf course.
11. Police Protection
City: Force consists of eight persons. City has two police cars, with
radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
County: A constable and a deputy sheriff provide police protection outside
12. Fire Protection
City: Force consists of two full-time and 16 volunteer firemon. City has
three engines and one station,
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 7.
County: The city fire department serves rural areas as well as possible with
13. City Streets
Mileage: Paved, 18 miles; clay, 4 miles,
General: Asphalt is the principal type of paving used. All streets are
curbed and about 95% have sidewalks. About 50% of the streets should be
rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities
General: First National Bank, total resources, $6,379,378.
15. Construction and Service Facilities
Type and number: General contractors, 10; architects, 1; land surveyors, 2;
general machine shops, 3; machine repair facilities, 3; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 21.
16. Hotels and Tourist Courts
Number: Hotels, 4; tourist courts and fishing resorts, 12,
17. Radio Stations
General: Station WLBF broadcasts on 1240 kilocycles, with 250 watts power,
18. Civic Organizations
Organization and name of president: Chamber of Commerce, E.-C. Huey; Lions,
George Singeltary; Kivanis, Kingsley Harris; Rotary, H, Q. Toler; Junior
Chamber of Commerce, Everette Boyd; Uoman's Club, Mrs. R. F. E. Cooke;
Junior Woman's Club, Mrs. Burton Brown; Garden Club, Mrs. G. G. IIare; Business
and Professional Women's Club, Mrs. C. A. Burleson.
Denominations: Baptist, Presbyterian, oMthodist, Church of God, Pentecostal,
Episcopal, Catholic, Church of Christ, Nazarene.