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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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INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL


MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA

Lake County

Table of Contents
Table of Contents


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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography
2. Climate
3. Local Raw Materials

Part B---General Economy


Population
Labor
Retail Market
Manufacturing Industries
General Remarks on Economy


Part C---Government

1. Administration
2. Finances

Part D---Community Facilities.


Available Data
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
Housing Conditions
Hotels and Restaurants
Newspapers
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Civic Organizations
Churches


Prepared By:

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Mount Dora, Florida

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Revised
September/49


FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
Tallahassee, Florida


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Part A---Natural Resources


1. Geography

Location: Mount Dora is in Central Florida, 25 miles northwest of Orlando
and 55 miles southwest of Daytona Beach.

Chief topographical features: Rolling hills; on shore of Lake Dora. Maximum
elevation, 184 feet.

2. Climate

(From U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Eustis, Florida.)


Normal temperature
Normal rainfall


Annual

71.8
47.57


January

59.7
2.54


April

71.1
2.49


July

82.4
7.24


October

73.5
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: Limited quantities of pine, oak and cypress are available in this
area. Brown's Builders Supply operates a sawmill.


Minerals: Sand, red clay and peat are available within
town.

Agricultural products: Citrus is the main agricultural
Other important crops are watermelons, celery, lettuce,


five to 10 miles of


product in this area.
cabbage and beans.


Part B---General Economy


1. Population


Est. 1948


County total
City total
Negroes in county
Negroes in city


29,500
3,500
9,000
525


27,946
1,850
7,483
423


27,255
1,880
7,602
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28,032
2,122
7,958
486


22,365
1,613
6,442


Predominant nationalities; Native-born vhito; Negro.

2. Labor

Unions: No unions have been established in local industries.

Female employment: Approximately 35%-40% of the total employment is female.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 650; unskilled Negro male,
650; unskilled white female, 650; unskilled Negro female, 650; skilled white
male, $1; skilled Negro male, $1; skilled white female, 750; skilled Negro
female, 650.

General: Local industries absorb available workers.

3. Retail Market


Effective
Estimated
Estimated
Estimated
Estimated


Buying Income per family in county, $3,476.*
total retail sales in county, $19,994,000.*
retail food store sales in county, $5,601,000.*
retail general merchandise store sales in county, $1,277,000.*
retail drug store sales in county $570,000.*


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


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4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 2

Principal manufacturing establishments: Fertilizer Plant;
Saw Mill; Mount Dora Block Company, cement blocks; small interior finish
plant; small upholstering company.

5. General Remarks on Economy

Mount Dora's main sources of income are the tourist trade and citrus industry.
A number of retired persons are now living in Mount Dora and the immediate
vicinity.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, J. E. Fortner; City Attorney, T. H. Cooley.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical in-
spector, plumbing inspector, park and recreation board, zoning board and
street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 10 mills; debt service, 5 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 10 mills; debt
service, 6 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $4,600,000.

City utility tax: 10%.

Other major city taxes: Garbage tax, 750 per month.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 14.65 mills; debt service, 6 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $194,000.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

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

Reports: Statistical data on Mount Dora are distributed by the Chamber of
Commerce.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Mount Dora is on a branch line of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Daily passenger and freight services are available. Pick-up and delivery
service for less than carload freight is available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Air
express service is available from Leesburg, eight miles away. Free pick-up
and delivery service for express is available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 441 and Florida Highway 46 pass through Mount Dora.


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2. Transportation Facilities (Cont.)

Local bus service: None. Triangle Taxi Company provides local transportation.

Intercity bus service: Florida Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus service.

Intercity trucking facilities: Service is not available at present. Tampa,
Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and Savannah are among the principal cities that
could be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Eustis Airport, four miles away, is operated by the City of Eustis. The
field has one 2,300-foot and one 3,600-foot clay runway. Limited hangar
space is available. The field is open to private planes. Charter cross-
country service is available. Scheduled commercial air transportation is
not available.

3. Power

General: The Town of Mount Dora owns and operates the distribution system.
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating facilities. Copies
of rate schedules can be obtained at the town offices.

4. Fuel

Coal: Only limited quantities of coal are used in this section.

Gas: Artificial gas is distributed by Triangle Gas Company. Copies of rate
schedules can be obtained at the company's offices.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Sanitary sewers are installed throughout the business district and
in part of the residential area. Septic tanks are used for disposal. The
town plans to expand the system.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and twice
weekly in residential districts.

6. Water Supply

Source: Wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorination. City proposes adding sodium floride to water
for prevention of dental caries.

Consumption: 400,000 gallons per day.

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Florida Telephone Corporation operates a dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon and
1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on week days and 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
on Sunday and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Public schools: Mount Dora has one elementary, one junior high and one high
school for white students and one elementary school for Negro students.

Vocational training for white students: Home economics and manual training.

Vocational training for Negro students: Home economics and manual training.

Libraries: Mount Dora Public Library.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one doctor.


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9. Health Facilities (Cont.)

County health department: Staff of two doctors and four nurses.

Hospitals: There is a small private hospital in Mount Dora.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Donnelly Park, shuffleboard and tennis courts; Elizabeth Evens
Park, bowling; Gilbert Park.

Athletic fields: Heim Field, baseball park.

Other: Golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, shuffleboard courts and
bowling.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of three persons. City has one police car, without
radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: City police provide protection in the residential areas immediately
adjacent to Mount Dora. The Sheriff's office, in Tavares, provides protection
in other sections. County jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of one full-time and 12 volunteer firemen. City has
two engines and one station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 7.

County: The city fire department will answer calls in the immediate vicinity.

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 40 miles; paved 30 miles; clay, 10 miles.

General: Asphalt is the principal type of surfacing used. About 66% of the
streets arc curbed and about 50% have sidewalks. A road improvement program
had just been completed at the time of this survey and extensive repairs with-
in the next five years are not contemplated.

14. Banking Facilities

General: First National Bank, total resources, $3,600,831.46.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 6; architects, 0; land surveyors, 2;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 1; foundries, 0; automo-
tive repair facilities, 5; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 1; dress shops, 2; men's wear, 1;
children's wear, 1; department stores, 1; grocery stores, 6; drug stores,
2; hardware stores, 2; furniture stores, 2; appliance stores, 4.

Parking: City has no parking meters or parking lots.

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

17. Wholesale Facilities

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18. Housing Conditions

General: During the summer, rooms and small apartments are generally avail-
able. During the winter tourist season, hotels and most rental property are
filled to capacity.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Mount Dora has six hotels. Two of the larger hotels are closed
during the summer.

Restaurants: There are four restaurants in the Mount Dora area. These are
supplemented during the winter by dining rooms at the hotels.

20. Newspapers

Weekly: Mount Dora Topic, circulation, 1,500.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 2.

Self-service laundries: Number, 1

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

22. Civic Organizations

General: Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion
and Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, Woman's Club, Business & Professional
Woman's Club, Knights of Pythias, Kings Daughters, D. A. R.

23. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, Church of God and
Community.


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