INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVA N T A -GE.S -
PORT SAINT JOE, FLORIDA / '
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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
5. New Industries 3
6. General Remarks on Economy 3
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Data 4
2. Transportation Facilities 4
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 5
7. Communications Facilities 5
8. Educational Facilities 5
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 6
13. City Streets 6
14. Banking Facilities 6
15. Construction and Service Facilities 6
16. Retail Facilities 6
17. Wholesale Facilities 6
18. Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Civic Organizations 6
23. Churches 6
FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth Avenue South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
With the assistance of City officials.
PORT SAINT JOE, FLORIDA
Part A---Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat, on Saint Joseph's Bay. Elevation,
(From observations at Apalachicola, Florida)
Annual Januar. April July October
Temperature averages 68.5 53.7 67.1 81.7 70.6
Rainfall averages 58.36 3.65 2.80 7.74 3.19
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, February 11;
usual date of first killing frost in Fall, December 13; average length
of growing season, 305 days.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: Slash pine is available in immediate vicinity. Cypress and
miscellaneous hardwoods are available about 25 miles from town. Saint
Joe Lumber and Export Company is the only local producer.
Minerals: None are produced locally.
Agricultural products: This is not an agricultural section.
Other: Salt water fish.
Part B---General Ec9nomy
Est. 1947 i2Q 1935 1230
County total 7 7,010 6,951 3,099 3,182
City total 3,500 2,467 2,393 798 853
Negroes in county 1,932 2,385 1,108 1,096
Negroes in city 969 260
Predominant nationality: Native-born white. 4
Unions: Paper makers, electricians and machinists at Saint Joe Paper
Company are members of A. F. of L. unions. Employees of the Apalachi-
cola Northern Railroad are members of the various railroad brotherhoods.
Most construction workers are members of A. F. of L. unions.
Female employment: Approximately 10% of total employment is female.
Approximately 55 women are employed in local manufacturing industries.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 650; unskilled Negro male,
60; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 450; skilled
white male, 850 to ,1.25; skilled Negro male, 850 to .1.25. No women are
employed in skilled trades.
General: A good quantity and quality of semi-skilled and unskilled labor
is available. A small quantity of skilled labor is also available. A
good supply could be drawn from a 40 mile radius,
3. Retail Market:
General: Port Saint Joe does not serve.as a retail trade center for other
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3. Retail Market: (cont)
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, ,1,719.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, ,.620,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, ;292,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, ,137,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further
reproduction not licensed.
4. Manufacturing Industries:
General: Total number of manufacturing establsihments, 3; total manu-
facturing employment, 1,360.
Principal manufacturing industries: Saint Joe Paper Company, paper;
Saint Joe Lumber and Export Company, lumber; Kingry and Gilbert Novelty
works, planing mill.
5. New Ipdustries:
Kingry and Gilbert Novelty Works waa established during 1946. The
paper mill is 10 years old and the lumber company is eight years old.
6. General Remarks on Economy:
This area is dependent upon two large industries with an annual payroll
of ',2,000,000. Both industries operate on a year round basis and both
are dependent upon timber supplies.
Officials: Mayor, Horace I. Soule; City Clerk, X. P. Tomlinsori; City
Attorney, E. Clay Lewis, Jr.
Special departments: City has an active building, electrical and plumb-
ing inspector, park and recreation board, street department, and water
and sewer department.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate; Operations, 12.7 mills; debt service, 7.0 mills.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 6.0 ndlls; debt
service, 8.0 mills.
City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in city: ,2,559,000. (Iote:
State Constitution exempts paper mill from taxation throrh 1948.)
City license tax on manufacturing plant: None.
City utility tax: 10%.
Other: City taxes cigarettes, gasoline and amusements.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 14.75 mills; debt service, 9 mills,
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15 mills; debt
service, 9.25 mills.
Special tax districts: Property within the city is not subject to special
Bonded debt: City, .105,000; county, .62,000; special district, ,..53,000.
Other long-term obligations: City, -164,000; county, none.
PORT SAINT JOL, FLORIDA
Part D---Ouuu, 'l..* 1 4 -.-
1. Available Data:
blaps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer and zoning maps are
available at city offices. Power distribution system map is available
at Florida Power Corporation office.
2. Transportation Facilitiep:
Railroad: Apalachicola Northern Railroad main line, with one passenger
and two freight trains daily, runs to Apalachicola and then north to
Chattahoochee where it connects with Atlantic Coast Line, Seabcard' Air
Line and Louisville and Nashville. Pick-up and delivery for less than
carload freight is not available.
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service.
Direct air express service is not available.
Highway: U. S. Highway 98 and Florida Highway 71 pass through Port Saint
Local bus service: Local bus service is not available.
Intercity bus services lodprn Coach Corporation (Trailways System),
operates nine buses daily through Port Saint Joe.
Intercity trucking facilities: M. R. & R. Trucking Company serves Port
Saint Joe on a route between Tallahassee and Pensacola, New Orleans,
Jacksonville, Mobile, Tallahassee and Atlanta are among the principal
cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air transportation: Davis Flying Service airport, county-owned, is two
miles from town. Hangar space is not available. The airport has two 4,000
foot-runways. It is open to private planes. Charter cross country flights
are available. Scheduled commercial air transportation is not available.
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distribution
systems. Copies of rate schedules may be obtained at the company's office
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available at present. If the
Federal Power Commission approves a pending application of United Gas
Corporation, natural aas w3ll be available within approximately two years
of the dabv or approval.
Bottled gas: Green's Fuel and Southern Liquid Gas Company distributed
propane and butane rated at 2,500 B.t,u. per cu. ft. Delivered cost is
30C per gallon.
Other; Number 1 and Number 2 fuel oils are available from local distribu-
tors in any quantity.
5. SeVage and Iaste Disposal:
Sevage: Sanitary sewers are installed throughout town. Harverson-Smith
digester-trickling filter is used for disposal treatment. Disposal plant is
adequate for a town of 10,000 persons. System is financed by service charge
of 500 per month.
Industrial waste: The paper mill is the only local industry that has a major
'-;aste disposal problem. Most of the waste is emptied into the city sewerage
system, but a small amount is emptied into Saint Joseph's Bay.
Garbage: Garbage is collected twice weekly in residential sections and every
other day in the business district.
PORT SAINT JOE, FLORIDA
6, Water SunPlyv
Souroo: Three deep wells. Present source is considered adequate for
Treatment: Rapid filtered.
Consumption: -300,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: ,1,080,000 eAllons per day.
Chemical analysis: Chemical analysis is not available. However, the
water Iq approved for drinking by the State Board of Health.
naites Copies or rate schedules may be obtained rom City Clerk on request.
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service; Saint Joe Teltvhone and Telegraph Company operates a
manual exchange serving 300 company-*wned stations.
Telegraph service: Saint Joe Telephone aad Telegraph Company provides
telegraph service. Office hours are 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. on week-days and
9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 509 138 65
Present capacity 405 135 135
Number of schools 1 1 0
Present enrollment 206 37 0
Present capacity 200 37 0
Vocational training for white students: Commercial arts and home economics.
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
Libraries: Junior Woman's Club Library.
9. Health Facilities:
City Health department: None.
County health department: Staff of one doctor and one nurse. Operates
Hospitals: Municipal Hospital, a city-owned general hospital, has 30 beds.
10.. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: Constitution Park has facilities for boxing and basketball.
Athletic fields:#Public Baseball Park, has a baseball diamond; School Ball
Park, has lighted diamondball diamond, and unlighted baseball and football
Other: Tennis courts. Swimming and boating in Gulf of Mexico are popular.
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of three policemen. Police department has one patrol
car, without radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are
maintained at night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal
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11. Police Protection: (Cont.)
County: Sheriff and one deputy provide police protection outside thb city
12, Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of 12 volunteer firemen. Fire department has two f :r
engines and one station.
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.
13. City Streets:
SMileage: Total, 15 miles; paved, 7 miles; gravelled, 8 miles.
General: Sand asphalt is the principal type of pavement used. About 5% of
the streets are curbed and about 10% have sidewalks. About 10% should be
rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities:
Florida Bank of Port Saint Joe, a member of the Florida National Group of
Banks, has total resources of $1,820,448.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number- General contractors, 3; architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 1; foundries, 1; auto-
motive repair facilities, 4; consulting engineers, 0.
16. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 5; department stores, 0; grocery stores,
10; drug stores, 3.
Parking: No parking meters have been installed. City has no parking lots.
17. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Port Saint Joe is not a wholesale distribution center. Commercial
cold storage facilities are available and adequate. Special markets for
agricultural products, commercial freezing facilities and public warehouses
are not available.
18. Housing Conditions:
General: No houses or apartments are available for rent. Very few are
available for sale.
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 2; rooms, 25.
Restaurants: Number, 5; seating capacity, 150.
Weekly: Saint Joe Star, circulation, 860.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.
22. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: Junior Chamber of Commerce, Alton Dendy; Rotary,
J. L. miller; Kiwanis, Ophrah Moore.
Denomination and number: Episcopal, 1; Methodist, 1; Presbyterian, 1; Catho-
lic, 1; Baptist, 1; Holinces, 1.