Ianatee County \ '
Part A---General Information
Palmetto is on the Uest Coast of Florida, 41 miles south of Tampa, 12
niles north of Sarasota and adjacent to the northern boundary of Dradenton.
It is on I:anatee River and near Tampa Bay and the Gulf of iiexico. The
elevation is 11 feet above sea level.
U. S. Highways 41 and 541 pass through Palmetto. Rail service is provided
by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line Railway. Greyhound
Lines and iNational Trail-ays provide bus service. Air transportation is
is provided by national Airlinos at the Sarasota airport, 12 miles from
The population of IIanatee County was 26,C03 in 1945 and Palmetto had a
population of 3,553 in 1947. The population of Palnetto was estimated at
5,500 in Hay 1949.
(Dased on U. S. weatherr Dureau observations at Bradenton, Florida.)
Hormal Normal ioraial Hornal
Temperature Rainfall Temnerature Rainfall
January 61.5 2.63 July O0.8 9.73
February 62.7 2.7 August V1.2 9.50
iiarch 66.2 2.34 September 79.9 7.64
April 70.5 2.31 October 74.3 3.39
Hlay 75.5 3.06 November 67.1 1.39
June 79.7 6.90 December 62.1 2.35
Annual 71. 54.60
The to-mship was laid out by S. S. Lamb, who named it Palmetto. Lots
for the first court house and the first cemetery were donated by Josiah
Gates, who :was the first justice of peace in Palmetto. The first map of
;.anatee County was drawn by Captain Draddock of Virginia. The river and
the county were named for the great herds of sea-cow.s, or manatees, that
came from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of *.exico into the river at breeding
Hear Palmetto is the old Gamble Hansion which was built between 1G42 and
1S45 by Robert Gamble, banker and soldier. It was here that Judah Philip
Benjamin, Secretary of State of the Confederacy, took refuge at the end of
the War between the States, and from which he later escaped to England.
6. Haior Sources of Income
Agriculture is the main source of income. The Palnetto State Far:er's
liarket serves as a marketing center for farmers from :anatee and Sarasota
counties. The 'Test Coast liarketing Corporation is one of the largest packers
of vegetables and citrus in the state. Commercial fishing and truck and
gladioli farms on Snead Island contribute to the economy of Palmetto.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
M anatee County Fishing Tournament--January 1-April 1.
2. Athletic Events
Boston Braves and Louisville Colonels baseball teams have spring training
headquarters at Bradenton, across the MIanatee River from Palmetto. Spring
training games are played from Iarch 14 to April 2.
3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs
5. Civic Organizations
Chamber of Commerce
roman's Club (Senior, Junior and Little iomen)
6. Fraternal Orranizations
Veterans of Foreign Uars
Dingo games very Friday night at Oaks Hotel.
Square dances twice a week at Palmetto Trailer Park
DeSoto Celebration, Harch 22 to 27, Bradenton
8. Recreational Facilities
Palmetto municipal Park has shuffleboard, tennis, handball and horseshoe
courts, and a children's playground.
Snook, trout, red snapper, grouper, mangrove snapper, mackerel and tarpon
are the most popular of the salt uater fish caught in the IManatoe River,
Tampa Day and Gulf of lexico near Palmetto.
Jiggs Fishing Camp on the lanatee River, open all year round, has four
cabins, all -rith kitchens. Small cabin, ?3 per couple per night; larger
cabin, $5 per party of 4 per night. 0ookly rates.
Fishing guide: Alfred Hotcalf, Bo:: 403, Oneco, Florida. Foe, $3 per day.
Charter Fishing boats are available at Hcrnorial Pier in Bradenton.
Assembly of God, Baptist, Church of Christ, Church of God, Hethodist,
Presbyterian-and Seventh-day Adventists.
Oaks Hotel, 60 rooms, European plan. Rate, $5 with private bath.
2. Tourist Courts
River iWinds Court--17 rooms with bath, 09 per couple per night. One-half
block from restaurant.
Riverside Auto Court--17, rooms with bath, $7 per couple per night. Across
the street from restaurant.
Dlu & Yellow Tourist Court--7 units with bath, $4 to '7 per couple per night.
Two miles from good restaurant. Two miles north U. S. Highway 541.
Patio Iiotel--$5 per couple per night. Private Daths. One mile to
3. Guest Homes
Information on guest homes in Palmotto can be obtained from the Chambor of
4. Trailer Courts
Palmetto municipal Trailer Park--Gth Avenue and 12th street. Space for
300 trailers. :
kilowatt hours free each week, 80 per kilowatt hour thereafter. No
drain connections. Grocery and restaurants within 3 blocks. llodern
restroom units. Recreation program. Horseshoe, shuffleboard, bingo,
dances, movies. Rates: $1, day; $3 first week, 22.50 thereafter;
Camp Tropical Trailer Park--Bayshore Road. U. S. Highway 541, 1 mile from
Palmetto. Space for 50 trailers. i7ator and electrical connections for
each space. Five kilowatt hours free each wook, S0 per kilowatt hour
thereafter. No drain connections. modern restrooms. Grocery and
restaurants within one mile. Rates: $1, day; :,3, wook; $10, month.
Tankey Trailer Court--Riverside and Fifth Avenue. Space for 16 trailers
at present with space for 50 trailers to be available by October 1949.
VIator and electrical connections. Electricity included in flat rental
rate. Individual baths. Lots 35 by 40 foot. Grocery and restaurants
within 3-- blocks. Boat docks, boats, fishing equipment, snack bar.
Rate: $25, month.
5. Eating Places
Further information on Palmetto can be obtained from:
CHAIl.ER OF COilCACE
Prepared 517 Eighth Avenue
IIay/199 Palmetto, Florida