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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
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INVENTORY OF COMMUNITY ADVANTAGE ES'/ '

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA *

Dade County



Table of Contents

Page

Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Raw Materials 2

Part B---General Economy

1. Population 2
2. Retail Market 2
3. Manufacturing Industries 2
4. General Remarks on Economy 3

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 3
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 6
12. Fire Protection 6
13. City Streets 6
14. Banking Facilities 6
15. Construction and Service Facilities 6
16. Retail Facilities 6
17. VTholesale Facilities 6
18. Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 7
21. Radio Stations 7
22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 7
23. Civic Organizations 7
24. Churches 7

Prepared By:

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Miami Beach, Florida

and

Revised FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
September/49 Tallahassee, Florida











MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Miami Beach is a series of islands between the Atlantic Ocean
and Biscayne Bay, east of Miami. The islands are connected to the mainland
by causeways.

Chief topographical features: Flat terrain. Natural and artificially filled
sand. Average elevation, five feet above sea level. Land area, 7.1 square
miles.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Miami over a 45-year period.)

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 75.1 67.9 73.9 81.8 78.0
Normal rainfall 57.79 2.27 3.41 5.60 7.74

During a 40 year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded only ten killing
frosts in the spring and three in the fall.

3. Local Raw Materials

General: Most of the land in Maimi Beach was made by.dredging sand from
surrounding water. It is a highly developed residential and resort area.
No timber, mineral or agricultural resources are available in the immediate


Part B---General Economy

1. Population
Est. 1949* 194_ 1935 1930

County total 365,000 315,138 267,739 180,998 142,955
City total 41,250** 32,256 28,012 13,330 6,494
Negroes in county --- 53,905 49,518 35,924 29,894
Negroes in city --- 196 --- 324

*Estimate by Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.

**Seasonal--l110,000 (est.) in winter.

Predominant nationality: Native-born white.

2. Retail Market

General: Cities in the retail trade area are Miami Beach, Surfside, Indian
Creek, Bay Harbor Islands and Bal Harbour.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in city, $5,232; in county, $3,941,*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in city, $77,066,000; in county, $517,808,000
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in city, $11,818,000; in county,
$96,867,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in city, $6,079,000;
in county, $62,200,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in city, $4,994,000; in county,
$23,570,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduc-
tion not licensed.

3. Manufacturing Industries

General: Miami Beach is primarily a resort area. There are 46 light and 7
heavy industrial building units available.












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4. General Remarks on Economy

Miami Beach is a tourist center and winter resort containing many residences
for retired people and for winter occupancy only.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Manager-Council.

Officials: Mayor, Herold Turk; City Manager, Claude A. Renshaw; City
Attorney, Ben Shepard.

Special departments: The city has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, city engineer, park and recreation department,
zoning board, street department, publicity department, auto theft bureau,
health department, beach patrol.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance, copies of which are available from
city hall.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 18 mills; debt service, 2.9 mills.

Average city tax for last five years: Operations, 24.6 mills; debt service,
5.5 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value based on 1940-41 averages.

Total assessed value of real and personal property in city: $262,963,450.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $23 up to five employees, $63.25
from five to 25 employees, and $77.65 for over 25 employees.

City utility tax: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations (1948-49), 23.25 mills, which includes
general account and schools; debt service, 1.45 mills.

Bonded debt: City, as of September 30, 1948, $7,948,000. Limited to 15% of
the total assessed valuation.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

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

2. Transportation Facilities

Rail: Miami Beach is served by the Florida East Coast Railway and Seaboard
Air Line Railroad facilities in Miami.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail and air express service.
Free pick-up and delivery service is available for express.

Highway: Florida Highway A-1-A passes through Miami Beach.

Local bus service: 90 buses are used to provide local service during summer;
winter regular daily averages, about 200.

Intercity bus service: M!iami Beach Railway Company provides bus service to
Miami. Florida Greyhound Lines, Glades Motor Lines and National Trailways
have a total of 158 scheduled buses in and out of Miami daily.

Intercity trucking facilities: Nationwide service is available from Miami.











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2. Transportation Facilities (cont'd)

Air transportation facilities: Miami International Airport, county-owned,
is about 10 miles from Miami Beach. It has 403,000 square feet of hangar space
The field is open to private planes. Charter cross-country flights are
available. Scheduled commercial air transportation is provided by:

Company Flights daily

Pan American Airways 78
Eastern Air Lines 68
National Airlines 36
Delta Air Lines 12
TACA 2
Espreso Aereo Inter-Americano 8
KLM Royal Dutch 4
British South American 6

In addition to the companies listed above, 30 other air lines operate charter
or non-scheduled flights from the Miami International Airport.

3. Power

Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the generating and dis-
tributing facilities. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the
company's office.

A. Fuel

Coal: Very little coal is used in this section.

Gas: Artificial gas, rated at 525 B.t.u, per cubic foot, is distributed by
Peoples Water and Gas Company. Copies of the rate schedules can be obtained
at the company's office.

Bottled gas: All types of bottled gas are available from local distributors.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Separate storm and sanitary sewer systems are installed. City plans
to increase pumping facilities and extend system through a recent city
council approval of a bond issue for a sewerage disposal plant and additional
storm and sanitary sewers.

Industrial waste disposal: City has no ordinance on industrial waste dis-
posal.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily at hotels and restaurants and three times
per week from other businesses and residents.

6. Water Supply

Operator: Peoples Water and Gas Company.

Source: Miami Springs well field. Deep artesian.

Consumption: 14,000,000 gallons per day.

Rate: Flat rate of 250 per 1,000 gallons. Bills rendered monthly.

Analysis:

Ph ................. .... ........ .............. ... 8.6
Color.............................................. 7.0 Parts per million
Ammonia Nitrogen, Free Ammonia, (N)................ None "
Carbon Dioxide, free, (C02)........................ None "
Total Dissolved Solids.......... ...... ........190.0 "
Silica (Si02).................. ........... 5.0 "


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6. Water Supply (cont'd)

Analysis:


Iron, total, (Fe).............. ..................
Calcium (Ca).....................................
Magnesium (Mg)................................
Alkalinity (CaC03)
Phenolphthalein ..........................
Methyl Orange...................................
Sulfates (SO4)....................................
Chlorides (1l).....................................
Non-Carbonate Hardness (CaCO3)....................
Total Hardness (CaC03).............................
Residual Chlorine, free (C1).....................


0.02
28.0
4.0

6.0
50.0
35.0
37.0
35.0
85.0
0.3


Parts per
I1 It
II II


million
I!
I,


II
II


I,
11


7. Communications Facilities


Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph
dial exchange serving 40,707 company-owned stations.


Company operates a


Telegraph service: Western Union provides telegraph service.

8. Educational Facilities


Elementary


Junior High


Number of schools
Present enrollment
Present capacity


4
2,611
2,760


1
1,000
1,000


1
925
925


Vocational training: Complete vocational training facilities are avialable
in Miami,

Art Galleries: Miami Beach City Art Center.

Other schools or colleges: One parochial school, 524 students; 12 private
schools, 1,850 students.

Libraries: Miami Beach Public Library with 55,000 volumes. Also, several
law and teachers' reference libraries are available from private sources.

9. Health Facilities

County health department: Staff of 18 medical doctors and 56 nurses.
Operates five tuberculosis, 11 X-ray, 14 venereal disease, five maternity,
three well-baby, and four immunization clinics.

Hospitals:


Name


Type


Ownership


Beds


Saint Francis Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
Alton Road Hospital

10. Recreational Facilities


General
General
General


Sisters of Saint Francis
Private
Private


Public parks: Flamingo Park, 33 acres; Washington Park Playground, one-
fourth acre; Normandy Playground, five acres; Surfside Playground, 10 acres.

Athletic fields: One lighted baseball field, two lighted football fields,
and nine softball fields.

Other: Tennis courts, 14; basketball courts, 4; volleyball courts, 2; hand-
ball courts, 4; shuffleboard courts, 8; horseshoe courts, 2; golf courses, 4.


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White:


175
25
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11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of 136 men. City has 15 patrol cars and 14 motorcycles,
all equipped with two-way radio. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are
maintained at night.

County: Dade County Road Patrol and Florida Highway Patrol provide police
protection outside the city. The county jail is approved for quartering
Federal prisoners.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 55 full-time firemen. City has five fire engines
and three fire stations.

County: County fire stations provide fire protection outside the city limits.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 1; NBFU, Class 4.

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 135 miles; paved, 129 miles; gravelled, 0.

General: Bituminous is the principal surfacing material. Approximately 45%
of the streets are curbed and approximately 90% have sidewalks.

14. Banking Facilities

Name Resources (June 30, 1949)

Miami Beach First National Bank $54,335,821.05
Mercantile National Bank of Miami Beach $31,736,019.58
Chase Federal Savings and Loan Association $15,506,144.46
Miami Beach Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. $26,060,085.04
North Shore Bank $10,861,166.58

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 200; architects, 24; land surveyors,
1; general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, several small garages.

16. Retail Facilities

Number and type: Department stores, 5; grocery stores, 144; drug stores, 40.

Parking: City has 2,798; parking meters and four off-street parking lots.

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Miami Beach is not a wholesale distribution center. No special
markets are available for the distribution of wholesale agricultural products.
Commercial cold storage facilities are available and adequate for present
needs.

18. Housing Conditions

General: Not sufficient for tourist trade.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 357; rooms, 24,819

Restaurants: Number, 378.


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20. Newspapers

Daily: Miami Beach Florida Sun.

Weekly: Miami Beach Times.

21. Radio Stations

General: (Metropolitan Miami Area)


Station

WTTT
WQAM*
WIOD*
WGBS
WMBM
WINZ
WVCG
WKAT*
VWPB*
WMIE
WLRD (FM)
WFEC


Freauency


1490
560
610
710
800
940
1070
1360
1450
1140
93.9
1220


1




25
10,00
13,00
25


Power


250 Watts
5 kw.(day); 1 kw (night)
5 kw
.0 kv
1 kw
1 kw
1 k1
5 kw (day); 1 kw (night)
0 Watts
0 Vatts (day); 5,000 (ni
)0 Watts
0 Watts


*Also operates frequency modulation station.

22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries and dry cleaners: Number, 23.

23. Civic Organizations

All nationally known civic, service, luncheon and fraternal clubs and
chapters maintain local offices. Contact the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
for any specific information regarding an organization.

24. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, Episcopal, Jewish,
Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian Science.


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