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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
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INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTAGES 7

PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA

Charlotte County i-..r

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Table of Contents

Page
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 3
4. Manufacturing Industries 3
5. General Remarks on Economy 3

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

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

PUNTA GORDL-CHARLOTTE COUNTY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Punta Gorda, Florida

FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
Tallahassee, Florida
Revised: With the assistance of
September/49 FLORIDA POJER & LIGHT COMPANY


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Part A---Natural Resources
1. Geography

Location: Punta Gorda is on the West Coast of Florida, 169 miles northwest
of Miami and 102 miles south of Tampa. It is the junction point of U. S.
Highways 41 and 17 and is the southern terminus of U. S. Highway 17.

Chief topographical features: Flat; on Charlotte Bay. Maximum elevation,
50 feet; average elevation, three feet.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau records for a 27-year period.)

Annual Januar Aril July October
Normal temperature 73.4 64.0 72.7 81.6 75.7
Normal rainfall 50.76 2.24 2.20 7.54 3.97

Growing season: During a 23-year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded
only three killing frosts in the spring and five in the fall.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Scattered growths of pine are available three to 25 miles from town.
Cypress is available 20 miles east. John Jack Sawmill is cutting pine.

Minerals: The County Road Department is working clay pits three to five miles
from town for clay road material.

Agricultural products: Beef cattle (more than 35,000 head), over 1,500 acres
of bearing citrus and tropical fruits, and winter vegetables, are principal
products of the area. One of the local guava processing plants has added 190
acres of guava trees.

Other: Salt water fish are landed in commercial quantities. Sport fish and
quail are available in quantities, but may not be taken for commercial pur-
poses. Crab meat is processed for canning on a commercial scale.

Part B---General Economy
1. Population

419* 195 1940 1935 1930
County total 5,598 4,220 3,663 3,801 4,013
City total 2,780 2,084 1,889 1,578 1,833
Negroes in county 641 636 673 740 784
Negroes in city 458 458 --- 416 --

*Estimates on 1949 city and county population were worked out by the local
chamber of commerce from reports of the Florida Power and Light Company
showing the increase in the number of electric users since August, 1945.

2. Labor

Unions: Florida Power and Light Company workers are represented by the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Female employment: Approximately 10%o of the total employment is female. No
women are employed in industry.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 700; unskilled Negro male,
70; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 500; skilled white
male, $1.25; skilled Negro male, $1; skilled white female, 800; skilled Negro
female, 750.

General: Labor supply is adequate for present needs and reasonable expansion.


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3. Retail Market

General: Punta Gorda is the retail trade center for Cleveland, Charlotte
Harbor, Murdock and El-Jobean.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,751.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $2,997,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sples in county, $980,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $182,000.*
1948 Estimated drug store sales in county, $80,000.*

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

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 7. Total employed
at all manufacturing plants, 50.

Principal manufacturing plants: John Jack Sawmill, lumber; Lone Palm Pre-
serve Company and another reserve plant, making jellies and candies from
tropical fruits; W. F. Whittaker, shell jewelry products; a sash and door
industry; a concrete block industry operated as a sideline at the Rigell
Lumber Company.

5. General Remarks on Economy

Punta Gorda is the seat of Charlotte County. During the winter season, the
population is almost doubled by winter visitors.

Part C---Government
1. Administration

Type: Commission-Manager.

Officials: Mayor, Dr. L. G. Baugher; City Manager, H. W. Selling; City
Attorney, Edward L. Gerson.

Special departments: The city has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, Dark and recreation board, zoning board,
street department, water board and trailer park board.

Zoning: The city has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills; debt service, 21 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $1,000,000.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $25.

City utility tax: 10%.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Total, 29 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $980,000; county, $139,000.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City street, power distribution system and zoning maps are available
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1. Available Data (cont'd)

Reports: A city planning report is available for reference at the City
Clerk's office. A brief history of Punta Gorda is distributed by the
Chamber of Commerce.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Punta Gorda is served by a main line of the Atlantic Coast Line.
Pick-up and delivery service is available for less than carload freight.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service.
Direct air express is not available. Free pick-up pnd delivery service is
available for express.

Highway: Punta Gorda is at the junction of U. S. Highways 17 and 41, It
is the southern terminus of U. S. Highway 17.

City bus service: None. Taxi service: Two.

Intercity bus service: Tamiami Trail Tours has 32 buses daily in winter
and 22 buses daily in summer.

Intercity trucking facilities: Tamiami Trail Tours provides trucking service
to all sections of Florida. Tampa and Miami are the principal towns that
can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Charlotte County Airport, county-owned, is three miles from town. The
field has 25,000 square feet of hangar space and three 5,000-foot runways.
The field is open to private planes. Scheduled commercial flights are not
available. The nearest available commercial air transportation is provided
by National Airlines from the Fort Myers airport.

3. Power

General: Punta Gorda is served by the interconnected system of Florida
Power cnd Light Company. 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 as a city utility.

Bottled gas: Southeastern Gas and Green's Fuel distribute bottled gas
from Fort Myers, 24 miles away.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: About 90% of the city is covered by storm and sanitary sewers.
Service is available to domestic nnd commercial users. Septic tanks
capable of handling 1,000,000 gallons per day are used for sewage disposal.
City has plans to build disposal plant End extend mains.

Industrial waste disposal: At present, no local industry has large amounts
of liquid waste. Copies of ordinances on industrial waste disposal can be
obtained from the City Clerk.

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

6. Water Supply

Operator: City.

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



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6. Water Supply (cont'd)

Treatment: Aeration, sedimentation, filtration, chlorination, softened,
mixed, and treated to reduce taste and corrosion.

Consumption: 300,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 500,000 gallons per day.

Rate: Copies of the current rate schedule can be obtained from the office
of the City Clerk.

Chemical analysis:

Untreated Municipal Water Supply Analysis

p.P.M.
Constituent........... ... ....................................... 80 C
Total dissolved solids....,........................................ 586.
Silica, S 02.................................. ..18..... 9,
Iron, Fe ........ ....... ...... ........................ ........... Tr
Calcium, Ca ....... .........*.................................. 104.
Magn esium, S04Mg ..... .. ........... ........ ...... ............ ..... 18.
Sodium and Potassium, Na&K. ......... ....................... ..78.
Bicarbonate ion, HC03............................................ 256.
Sulfate ion, SO........................ ....................... 42.
Chloride ion, C1................................................ 175.
Nitrate ion, y?3..................................... N.D.
Fh before aeration....7.20 after............................... 7.36
Free carbon dioxide after aeration............................... 17.

Recapitulation
Carbonate Hardness as calcium
Carbonate....................................................... 210
Non-carbonate.................................................... 124
Total ............... .......................... ........ ........ 334

Municipal Water Supply After Treatment



Constituent........ ............... ......... ......... 800C
Total dissolved solids.................. ................... 411
Silica, 302 ......0 .......... ............ ........... .......... ... 11
Iron, Fe.......... ............................................ Tr
Calcium, Ca.............. .... .......................... ....... 30
Magnesium, Mg.................................................... 16
Sodium and Potassium, Haih ...................................... 83
Carbonate ion, C03.... .... .......................... ............. 2
Bicarbonate ion, HC03.................... ........ ........ 34
Sulfate ion, S04..............,................................ 40
Chloride ion, 01.............. .... ............................ 177
Nitrate ion, N03............................................... N.D.
Ph of water leaving plant........................................ 8.80

Recapitulation
Carbonate hardness as calcium
Carbonate............................. ...............*********o 36
Non-carbonate hardness as calcium
Carbonate .................................. ..... ...... ......e... 54
Total hardness...... .......................... .......... 90

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Inter-County Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
manual exchange serving 447 company-ovned stations in town, 52 rural stations
and eight toll circuits.


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7. Communications Facilities (cont'd)

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon and
1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays in summer; 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 6 p.m.
on weekdays in winter, and 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holi-
days the year round.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Hig
White:

Number of schools 2 1
Present enrollment 284 216
(1st through 6th (7th through
grade) 12th grade)
Negro:

Number of schools 1 O*
Present enrollment 65 27

*Negro high school students are transported to a school in Leo County.

Vocational training for white students: Manual arts, commercial subjects
and home economics.

Vocational training for Negro students: Equipped for vocational home economics
but pupil load at present does not justify classes.

Libraries: Woman's Club Library, 6,000 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: City does not have a separate health department,
but co-operates in a tri-county health department.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and one nurse. Operates pre-
school, pre-natal, white maternity, child health and general health clinics.

Hospitals; Charlotte Hospital, a 20-bed non-profit hospital, is a community
owned, general hospital.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: King Park, at Municipal Trailer Park, has shuffleboard courts,
swings. Cross Park has shuffleboard courts, picnic tables and benches.

Athletic fields: Football field (lighted), baseball diamond, softball
diamond (lighted).

Other: Swimming pool owned by Hotel Charlotte Harbor is open to the public
during the summer; city-owned picnic grounds are available on the scenic
Little Allapatchee River.

11. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of one full-time and 15 volunteer firemen. City has
two engines and one station.

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

County: Io protection is available outside the city.

12. City Streets

Mileage: Paved, 15 miles.


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12. City Streets (Cont'd)

General: Asphalt is the principal type of pavement used. About 80% of
streets are curbed and about 80% have sidewalks. Approximately 50% of the
streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

13. Banking Facilities

General: Punta Gorda State Bank, total resources, $2,004,972.91 (December 31,
1949); Punta Gorda Federal Savings and Loan Association, total resources,
$207,968,76 (Juno 30, 1949).

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 4 (one is bonded contractor); archi-
tects, 1; land surveyors, none; general machine shops, 4; machine repair
facilities, 4; foundries, none; automotive repair facilities, 9; consulting
engineers, none.

15. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 5; grocery stores, 8; drug stores, 3.
(Two of the dry goods stores have ready-to-wear departments for men and
women.)

Parking: City has no parking meters, but scheduled to be installed in
October 1949. One grocery store has parking lot.

Vacant stores: At the time of this survey, one new two-story concrete
building was vacant; one new small store space vacant; one vacant office
space; one building suitable for small industry with about 3,000 square feet
of floor space.

16. Wholesale Facilities

Products shipped annually in large wholesale quantities from Punta Gorda are:
Edible fish to northern markets; jellies and candies from tropical fruits.
Murdock, Florida, in Charlotte County, on Seaboard Airline Railway, annually
ships many gladiolus bulbs and flowers to northern markets, No special
markets are operated for the wholesale distribution of local agricultural
products. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public warehous-
ing facilities are not adequate for present needs.

17. Housing Conditions

General: New residence property is being built steadily, but more new,
modern homes and apartment houses are still needed.

18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 8; rooms, 440. (Includes modern fishing and hunting lodges.)

Motor courts: Units available, 125.

Restaurants: Number, 7; seating capacity, 330. (Does not include five
hotel and lodge dining rooms.)

19. Nowsmpaers

Weekly: Punta Gorda Herald, circulation, 1,800.

20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 1 (a self-service laundry).

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.


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21. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Business and Professional Women's
Club, Miss Helen Brawner; Junior Chamber of Commerce, Curtis MscConnell;
Chamber of Commerce, William Fletchcr; Junior Woman's Club, Miss Helen
Bravner; Kivanis Club, Frank Wotitzky; Rotary Club, Ellis P. Greene; Lions
Club, Charles Scott, Jr.; Woman's Club, Mrs. Ruth Allison.

22. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Catholic, Church of the Nazarene, Episcopal,
Methodist, Pentecostal and Presbyterian.


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