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: VID00151
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Okaloosa County

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 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 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
6. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 4
9. Health Facilities 4
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 5
14. Banking Facilities 5
15. Construction and Service Facilities 5
16. Retail Facilities 5
17. Wholesale Facilities 5
18. Housing Conditions 5
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Churches 6

Prepared By:

Pensacola, Florida


Tallahassee, Florida
Nov./48 With the cooperation of City officials


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Niceville is in West Florida, 52 miles east of Pensacola and 72
miles northwest of Panama City,

Chief topographical features: Hilly; creek and bayou through town. Elevation,
5 to 50 feet.

2. Climate

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

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 67.2 53.8 65.5 80.5 69.2
Normal rainfall 58.85 3.78 3.37 8.05 3.74

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, March 13; usual
date of first killing frost in fall, November 21; average length of growing
season, 253 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Pine, bay, gum, juniper, cypress and oak are available approximately
10 miles from town. Powell and Meigs is the principal sawmill operator.

Minerals: Clay and sand are available in commerical quantities. The county
road department is working a clay pit near Niceville.

Agricultural products This is not an agricultural section.

Other: Salt water fish.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1948* 1945 19O 1935 930

County total 17,100 16,155 12,900 10,717 8,881
City total -- 2,085 948 --
Negroes in county -- 1,270 1,144 936 1,016
Negroes in city -- 11 -

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white.

2. Labor

Unions: No national unions have been established in local industries.

3. Retail Market

General: Nicoville is the retail trade center for the immediate vicinity,

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,404.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $4,950,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food stores sales in county, $1,409,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $304,000.*
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $168,000.*

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.



4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 3; total number employed
at all manufacturing establishments, 27.

Principal manufacturing plants: Tilley and Davis, ice; Powell and Meigs,
lumber; Parish Boat Works, boats. Two fish companies and an oil terminal are
also major employers but are not considered manufacturing industries.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, Donald Neal) City Attorney, Lloyd C. Powell.

Special departments: City is planning to have a building, electrical and plumb-
ing inspector in the near future.

Zoning: City does not have a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 0; debt service, 0.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: Schedule can be obtained from City

Utility tax: 6% of electric, telephone and gas bills.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 21 mills; debt service, 5 mills.

Bonded debt: City, 0.

Other long-term obligations: City, 0.

Part D---Community Facilities

.l Available Data

Maps: City street and trunk water main maps are available. A map of the city
sewer system is being prepared,

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: No railroad serves Niceville. The nearest railroad is the Louisville
and Nashville main line through Crestview, 20 miles away.

Express: Rail express service is available from Crestview.

Highway: Florida Highways 20,85, and 285 pass through Niceville.

Local bus service: Niceville Bus Company provides local service.

Intercity bus service: Coastal Stages and Trailways each have six buses daily
through Niceville.

Intercity trucking facilities: M.R. & R. Trucking Company provides service to
other points in northwest Florida. Pensacola, Panama City, Jacksonville,
Montgomery, Atlanta, Mobile and New Orleans are the principal cities that can
be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Pensacola Municipal Airport, 52 miles away, is the nearest airport. Nation-
al Airlines and Eastern Air Lines provide scheduled commercial air transporta-
tion from that field.


3. Power

General: Gulf Power Company owns and operates the generating and distributing
facilities. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's office.

4. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.

Bottled gas: D. A. Lauderdale, Crestview; Green's Fuel, Crestview; Hydro, Fort
Walton; Barrow Brothers Gas Company, Nicevillo; and Fowler Gas Company,
Pensacola, distribute bottled gas.

Other: Number 1 and Number 2 fuel oils are available from local distributors.
Wood is available for $12 a cord.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Septic tanks are used for sewage disposal. Installation of a complete
disposal system is planned.

Garbage: City does not collect garbage.

6. Water Supply

Source: Flowing wells. Present source is not adequate for expansion.

Treatment: None.

7. Communications Facilities

P Telephone service: Southeastern Telephone Company operates a manual exchange.

,Telegraph service: Telegraph service is provided by the Western Union office in

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High High

Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 300 100 100
Present capacity 400 125 125


Number of schools 0 0 0

Vocational training for white students: None.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Libraries: None.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: None.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and one nurse. Operates a
general clinic in Niceville.

Hospitals: Bay Hospital, a privately-owned general hospital, has 12 beds,



10.- Recreational Facilities

Public parks: None.

Athletic fields: Plew Field, baseball, basketball and football facilities.

Other: None.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of three policemen. City has one police car, without
radio equipment. Patrolmen are not uniformed. Regular beats are not maintain-
ed at night.

County: Sheriff's office in Crestview provides police protection outside city.

12. Fire Protection

City: None.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 4; NBFU, Class 10.

County: Fire protection is furnished by the Eglin Field (Air Force) fire

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 20 miles; paved, 5 miles.

General: Asphalt and sand is the principal type of surfacing used. None of
the streets are curbed or have sidewalks. Approximately 15 miles of street
should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

14. Banking Facilities

General: Valparaiso State Bank at Valparaiso, total resources, $1,055,000.
Valparaiso is an adjoining community.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 3; architects, 0; land surveyors, 0;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; automotive repair
facilities, 6; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 0; grocery stores,
17; drug stores, 1.

Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.

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

Deficiencies: Department, shoe and clothing stores are needed.

. 17. Wholesale Facilities

SGeneral: Niceville is not a wholesale distribution center.

Deficiencies: A wholesale building supply business is needed.

18. Housing Conditions

General: Housing shortage is acute.




19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 0.

Restaurants: Number, 5; seating capacity, 80.

20. Newspapers

0 None.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: None,

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 1.

22. Churches

Denominations: Methodist, Missionary, Holiness,

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