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
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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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Charlotte 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 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
2. Transportation Facilities
3. Power 4
4. Fuel
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 6
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 7
20. Newspapers 7
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 7
22. Civic Organizations 7
23. Churches 7

Prepared By:

Punta Gorda, Florida


311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida

-assisted by-

July/48 Miami 30, Florida

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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.

Chief topographical features: Flat; on Charlotte Bay. Maximum elevation,
50 feet; average elevation, 3 feet.

2. Climate

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

Annual January April 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

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

Agricultural products: Beef cattle (25,000 head), winter vegetables, citrus
and tropical fruits are the principal products of the area.

Other: Salt water fish are landed in commercial quantities. Sport fish
and quail are available in quantities, but may not be taken for commercial

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Estimated 1945 1940 195 193

County total 4,500* 4,220 3,663 3,801 4,013
City total 2,109 2,084 1,889 1,578 1,833
Negroes in county 641 636 673 740 784
Negroes in city 463 458 --- 416 ---

*County estimate is for January 1, 1948 and is copyrighted by SALES
MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Other estimates are for 1947 and were
made locally.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white, Negro.

2, Labor

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

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

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 700; unskilled Negro male,
700; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 500; skilled
white male, $1.25; skilled Negro male, $1; skilled white female, 80Q;
skilled Negro female, 750.




2. Labor (Cont.)

General: Labor supply is adequate for present needs and reasonable

3. Retail Market

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

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,571.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $3,008,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $1,207,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $214,000.*
1947 Estimated drug store sales in county, $98,000.*

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

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 4; total employed
at all manufacturing plants, 35.

Principal manufacturing plants: John Jack Sawmill, lumber; Tre-Ripe Products,
canned tropical fruits and jellies; W. F. Whittaker, shell jewelry products;
Ward's Venetian Blinds, venetian blinds.

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, J. L. Smith; City Manager, J. L. Smith (acting); City
Attorney, Earl D, Farr.

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

Zoning: The city has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finance

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

Average city tax rate for last five years: 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: Operations, 13 mills; debt service, 5 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $1,015,000; county, $144,000.

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Part D---Community Facilities
1. Available Data

Maps: City street, power distribution system and zoning maps are available
for reference,

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 and 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,

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 run-
ways. The field is open to-private planes. Charter cross-country flights
are available. Scheduled commercial flights are not available.

3. Power

General: Punta Gorda is served by the interconnected system of Florida
Power & 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.

Bottled gas: Southeastern Gas and Green's Fuel distribute bottled gas.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: About 90% of the city is covered by storm and sanitary sewers.
Service is available to domestic and 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 and extend mains.

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

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



6. Water Supolv

Operator: City.

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

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

Consumption: 300,000 gllons per day.

Pumping capacity: 500,000 gallons per day.

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

Chemical analysis: A report on the chemical analysis of the water can be
obtained from the City Clerk.

7. Communications Facilities

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

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

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary High

Number of schools 1 1
Present enrollment 225 500


Number of schools 1 0*
Present enrollment 65 27

*Negro high school students are transported to a school in Lee 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 cooperates 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

Hospitals: Charlotte Hospital, a 20-bed non-profit hospital, is community

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: King Park, shuffleboard courts, swings.



10. Recreational Facilities (Cont.)

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.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of two policemen. City has no patrol cars.
Patrolmen are not uniformed. Regular beats are not maintained at night.
City does not have a jail.

County: Sheriff and two deputies provide protection outside the city.
County jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

12. 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; NEFU, Class 7.

County: No protection is available outside the city.

13. City Streets

Mileage: Paved, 12 miles.

General: Asphalt is the principal type of pavement used. All streets
are curbed and about 90% have sidewalks. Approximately 50% of the streets
should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

34. Banking Facilities

General: Punta Gorda State Bank, total resources, $2,025,362.65 (June 1,
1948); Punta Gorda Federal Savings and Loan Association, total resources,
$149,143.15 (June 1, 1948).

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 3; architects, 1; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 4; machine repair facilities, 4; foundries, 0;
automotive repair facilities, 9; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 4; grocery stores, 8; drug stores, 3,
Establishment of a department store is now being considered.

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

Vacant stores: There was one vacant store in the business district at the
time of this survey.

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Punta Gorda is not considered a wholesale distribution center. No
special markets are operated for the wholesale distribution of local agri-
cultural products. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public
warehousing facilities are not adequate for present needs.

18. Housing Conditions

General: New, modern homes and apartment houses are needed.

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19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 9; rooms, 426. (Includes fishing and hunting lodges.)

Restaurants: Number, 7; seating capacity, 300. (Does not include five
hotel and lodge dining rooms.)

20. Newspapers

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

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 0.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

22. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Business and Professional Women's
Club, Lois Barnhill; Chamber of Commerce, Vasco Peeples; Junior Woman's
Club, Mrs. W. A. Smith; Kiwanis, Marshall Robinson; Rotary, J. T. Lawhorne;
Woman's Club, Mrs. Mary Maxwell.

23. Churches

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



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