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.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00179
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Table of Contents Pa

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 MarkCt 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 3
5. New Industries 3
6. General Remarks on Economy 3

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities 3
2. Power 4
3. Fuel 4
4. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
5. Water Supply 4
6. Communications Facilities 5
7. Educational Facilities 5
8. Health Facilities 5
9. Recreational Facilities 5
10. Police Protection 5
11. Fire Protection 6
12. City Streets 6
13. Banking Facilities 6
14. Construction and Service Facilities 6
15. Retail Facilities 6
16. Wholesale Facilities 6
17. Housing Conditions 6
18. Hotels and Restaurants 6
19. Newspapers 6
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
21. Civic Organizations 6
22. Churches 6

Prepared by:

Tallahassee, Florida


With the assistance of City officials.
Port Orange, Florida



Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Port Orange is on the upper East Coast of Florida, approximately
six miles south of Daytona Beach. It is on the Halifax River and very
near the Atlantic Ocean,

Chief topographical features: Flat, River runs through town. Elevation,
30 feet above sea level.

2. Climate

(From U. S. Weather Bureau observations at DeLand, Florida, over a 45-year

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 70.8 59.3 69.6 79.6 72.9
Normal rainfall 53.36 2.49 2.56 7.30 4.68

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, January 21;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 24; average length
of growing season, 337 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Austin's Mill, Hansell's Mill and Brown's Mill are principal lumber
producers in the area.

Minerals: Coquina is available 12 to 18 miles from town and burning clays
are available 30 miles from town. Edgar Brothers are the principal producers.

Agricultural products: Vegetables, oranges and grapefruit are the chief
agricultural products.

Other: Salt water fish and shrimp are available in commercial quantities.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1948* 1945 1940 1935 130

County total 64,592 58,492 53,710 50,550 42,757
City total 2,015 1,048 662 754 678
Negroes in county 15,395 15,135 14,787 15,842 12,537
Negroes in city 50 272 ---- 18

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white.
*Estimate by city officials.

2. Labor

Unions: A, F. of L, and associated affiliates are the only national unions
established in local industries.

Female employment: Approximately 6% of the total employment is female.
Approximately seven women are employed in manufacturing industries.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 750; unskilled female, 50q;
skilled male, $1 to $2.50; skilled female, $1. There is no differential in
the wages of white and Negro workers of equal skill.

General: An adequate supply of skilled and unskilled labor is available.

3. Retail Market

General: Port Orange serves as the retail trade center for the local area.



3. Retail Market (Cont.)

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,856.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $62,507,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $14,700,00.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $4,873,000A
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $2,649,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing industries, 8; total manufacturing
employment, 56.

Principal manufacturing industries: Edgar Brothers, concrete products;
Austin's Mill, lumber; Hansell's Mill, lumber; Brown's Mill, lumber;
Edgar Bros., rock and shell; Daytona Neon, neon signs.

5. New Industries

General: No new industries were established during the last year.

6 General Remarks on Economy

General: The growth of Port Orange has been slow. Economy relies on tourist
business and working conditions of the nearby cities.

Part C--Government

1. Administration

Type: Manager-Council.

Officials: Mayor, W. E. Willis; City Manager, W. L. Patterson; City
Attorney, Curtis Basch.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations and debt service combined, 15 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations and debt service
combined, 25 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $1,660,950.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $1.00 to $10.00

City utility tax: None

Other major city taxes: None

Current county tax rate: Operations, 14.05 mills.

Average county tax rate fo~ the last five years: Operations, 14.05 mills.

Bonded debt: City, 0; county, 0.

Other long-term obligations: City, $33,000 (water plant certificates);
county, 0.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Port Orange is served by the main line of the Florida East
Coast Railway, which has two passenger trains daily. Freight service is
available from Daytona Beach.



1. Transportation Facilities (Cont.)

Express: Rail and air express is available from Daytona Beach.

Highway: U. S. Highway 1 passes through Port Orange.

Local bus service: One bus is used to provide local transportation.

Intercity bus service: Port Orange Municipal Transit Lines has one bus
8 hourly and Greyhound Motor Lines has one bus every two.hours.

Intercity trucking facilities: Great Southern Trucking Company, Flamingo
Lines, and Central Truck Lines serve the southeastern states. Jacksonville,
Miami, Tampa, and Savannah are the principal cities that can be reached
by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Daytona Municipal Airport, eight miles away, is the nearest airport.
The field has 10,000 square feet of hangar space and four 4,000 x 200 feet
runways. The field is open to private planes. Charter cross country
flights are available. Scheduled commercial air transportation is
available from Daytona Beach through National Air Lines and Eastern Air

2. Power

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

3. Fuel

Coal: Delivered cost per ton is $29.17 for hard coal and $18.40 for
soft coal.

S' GGas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.

Bottled gas: Gas Engineering Company and Modern Appliance distribute
pyr6fax rates at 2500 B.t.u. per cubic foot and Green's Fuel rated at 3200
B.t.u. per cubic foot. Rate schedules are available on request.

Other: Fuel oil and kerosene are available from twelve local distributors.
Delivered cost: Fuel oil,'11.30; kerosene, 11.90.

4. Sewage and Waste Disposal

City has no sewerage system.

Garbage: Garbage is collected weekly.

5. Water Supply

Source: Wells. Present source is not considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorinated.

Consumption: 40,000 gallons per day.

) Pumping capacity: 55,000 gallons per day.

Chemical analysis:

Total Dissolved Solids @ 1050 C 1014
Total Hardness (Calculated) 150
Alkalinity, as CaCO3 280
Non-Carbonate Hardness Negative 130
Bicarbonate (HCO3) 315
Iron (Fe) 0.05
Sulphate (SOL)
Chloride (Cl) 400
Calcium (Ca) 32
Magnesium (Mg) 17
Appearance Clear


5. Water Supply (Cont.)

Color 30
Odor None
Carbon Dioxide, as C02 0
Bicarbonate, as CaC03 258
Carbonate, as CaCO3 22
Hydroxide, OH 0.4
pH 8.9
pHs 7.5
Corrosive or Non Corrosive pH, 1.4
pHs non-corrosive at 250 C

6. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates
a dial exchange in Daytona Beach serving Ormond, Holly Hill, Port Orange,
Allandale and Daytona Beach.

Telegraph service: Western Union office in Daytona Beach has office hours
of 7 a.m. to 12 midnight on week-days and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and

7. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High Hgh

Number of schools 1 1 0
Present enrollment 214 48 0
Present capacity 250 150 0


Number of schools 1 0 0
Present enrollment 11 0 0
Present capacity 40 0 0

Vocational training for white students: None.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Libraries: None.

8. Health Facilities

City-County health department: Staff of one full-time and 13 part-time
doctors and nine nurses. Operates tuberculosis, venereal disease, infant
and pre-school and maternity clinics in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Holly Hill,
Neow Smyrna Beach, Ormond, and Port Orange.

Hospitals: No hospitals are located at Port Orange. The community is
served by hospitals in Daytona Beach, five miles away.

9. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: None.

Athletic fields: School playground has tennis courts, basketball courts
and ball diamond.

10. Police Protection

City: Force consists of one policeman. City has one police car. Patrol-
man is uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at night. City jail is not
approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: County sheriff's office in DeLand provides protection in the
county. County jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.



11. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 23 volunteer firemen. City has one engine and
one station.

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

County: No fire protection is available outside city limits.

12. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 8.1 miles; paved, 1.5; gravelled, 6.6 miles.

General: Concrete is the major type of pavement used. About 10% of the
streets are curbed and about 40% have sidewalks. 100% of the streets
should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

13. Banking Facilities

The Florida Bank and Trust Company, the Commercial Bank and the First
Atlantic National Bank in Daytona Beach serve Port Orange.

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number (available in Daytona Beach): General contractors, 29;
architects, 6; land surveyors, 5; general machine shops, 2; machine repair
facilities, 5; foundries, 1; automotive repair facilities, 25; consulting
engineers, 4.

15. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Grocery stores, 8; drug stores, 1. Dry goods stores and
department stores are available in Daytona Beach.

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

Vacant stores: There are no vacant stores in the business district.

16. Wholesale Facilities

General: Port Orange is not considered a wholesale distribution center.
Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public warehousing
facilities are not available.

17. Housing Conditions

General: There is a shortage of houses and apartments for rent.

18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 18.

Restaurants: Number, 3; seating capacity, 160.

19. Newspapers

* Daytona Beach daily newspaper is delivered.

20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Served by Daytona Beach,

Commercial dry cleaners: Served by Daytona Beach.

21. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Woman's Club, Mrs. Ernest Kelly;
Port Orange Chamber of Commerce, B. E. Jones, President.

22. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Holiness, Church of God,
Church of Christ, Primitive Baptist.

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