Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
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Pinellas County-,

Table of Contents

P 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. New Industries 3
6. General Remarks on Economy 3

Part C--Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 4

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data 4
2. Transportation Facilities 4
3. Porer 5
4. Fuel 5
5. Sewage and Vaste Disposal 5
6. VTater Supply 5
7. Communications Facilities 6
8. Educational Facilities 6
9. Health Facilities 6
10. Recreational Facilities 7
11. Police Protection 7
12. Fire Protection 7
13. City Streets 8
14. Banking Facilities 8
15. Construction and Service Facilities 8
16. Retail Facilities 8
17. Wholesale Facilities 8
18. Housing Conditions 8
19. Hotels and Restaurants 8
20. NKrspapers 8
21. Radio Stations 9
22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 9
23. Civic Organizations 9
24. Churches 9

Prepared By:

Saint Petersburg, Florida


Revised: 311 North Calhoun Street
April/48 Tallahassee, Florida



Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location:' Saint Petersburg is on the West Coast of Florida, at the southern
end of the Pinellas peninsula. It is 20 miles west of Tampa,

Chief topographical features: Surrounded on three sides by Tampa Bay, Boca
Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Maximum elevation, 55 feet.

2. Climate

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 71.6 60.4 70.7 81.4 74.1
Normal rainfall 51.20 2.38 2.13 8.48 3.20

Growing season: During a 24-year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded
only six killing frosts in the spring and four in the fall.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: A limited amount of commercial timber is available within 10 miles
of the city. R. W. Leverett operates a small sawmill.

Minerals: A number of sand pits within a 15 mile radius are being worked.
Pinellas Washed Sand Company and Largo Washed Sand Company are the principal
sand producers. Benton and Company, Inc., dredges shells from Tampa Bay.

Agricultural products: Citrus and semi-tropical fruits, poultry, eggs,
vegetables, pork, beef cattle and dairy products.

Other: Fish, oysters, sea shells for jewelry end novelties, palmetto pulp and
fiber, and pine needles and cones for manufacturing novelties.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1948* 1945 194 1935 1930

County total 152,000 130,268 91,852 64,638 62,149
City total 100,000 85,184 60,812 40,856 40,425
Negroes in county 16,500 16,106 16,137 12,970 10,974
Negroes in city 11,750 11,470 9,050

*Estimated population on April 1, 1948.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white, Negro.

2. Labor

Union Employer

Gulf Coast District, Fisherman's Union
Branch of Seafarer's Union (A.F. of L.) All wholesale fish dealers

International Brotherhood of Electrical Florida Power Corporation and
Workers (A.F. of L.) Peninsular Telephone Company

American Federation of Telephone Workers Peninsulnr Telephone Company

Most construction work is unionized. No national unions are established in
local manufacturing industries.

Female labor: Approximately 1,100 women are employed in local industries,
This is approximately 26% of the total industrial employment.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 704-800; unskilled Negro male,
600-700; unskilled white female, 600-700; unskilled Negro female, 500-600;
skilled white male, $1.25-41.50; skilledd Negro male, $14-1.25; skilled white
female, 800-900; skilled Negro female, 750-800.



2. Labor (cont.)

General: Saint Petersburg has a surplus of both white and Negro skilled and
unskilled labor.

3. Retail Market

General: Saint Petersburg is the retail trading center for Clearwater, Largo,
Gulf Beaches, Gulfport and Pinellas Park.

1946 Effective Buying Income per family in city, $4,126; in county, $3,346.*
1946 Estimated total retail sales in city, $85,634,000; in county,
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in city, $14,651,000; in county,
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in city, $10,635,000;
in county, "12,054,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in city, $8,060,000; in county,

*Copyright 1947, SALES ANYAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Saint Petersburg has 332 manufacturing establishments, making 150
products. These firms employ 2,786 men and 910 v'omen, a total of 3,696, with
an estimated.annual payroll of $5,630,000. In addition, public utilities em-
ploy 1,200 and transportation firms employ 1,000, making a total of 5,896
industrial employees and a total estimated annual industrial payroll of

Principal manufacturing plants: Florida Fishing Tackle Company, barracuda
fishing tackle; Broquinda Corporation, truck bodies; Pinellas Lumber Company,
concrete blocks; J. W. Appley and Son, Inc., concrete block machines; J. C.
Pressly and Company, heating systems; Amin Beder, dresses; Bell Bakery, Inc.,
bread; Palmetex Corporation, building materials; Webb's, Inc., marmalade;
Demerest Company, glass and shell novelties. A complete classified list of
industries can be obtained from the Saint Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

5. New Industries

General: During the fiscal year ending October 1, 1947, 74 new light manu-
facturing plants began operation in Saint Petersburg;

6. General Remarks on Economy

Saint Petersburg is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.
Tourist trade and light industries have expanded steadily. Assessed valuation
of property within the city in 1947 was $132,534,536. During 1947, 5,911
buildings permits were issued, with a total valuation of $17,940,813. During
January and February, 1948, 826 permits, Tith a value of 93,919,823, were
issued. Most construction is single unit dwellings.

Part C--Government

1. Administration

Type: Council-Manager.

Officials: iayor, Bruce B. Blackburn; City Manager (acting), Ralph E. Henry;
City Attorney, Lewis T. Wray.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical in-
spector, plumbing inspector, city engineer, park and recreation board, plan-
ning board, zoning board, public works department and highway department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.



2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 12 mills; debt service, District 1, 11.5
mills; District 2, 11 mills; District 3, 8.5 mills; District 4, 7.5 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 13 mills; debt service,
District 1, 11 mills; District 2, 10 mills; District 3, 0.08 mills; District
4, 0.06 mills,

City license tax on manufacturing plants: $15 annually, except ice cream
manufacturing, $50, and ice manufacturing, ,100,

City utility tax: 10%.

Other major city taxes: Tangible personal property tax, based on average
annual inventory. Rate is same as for real property.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 17.72 mills; debt service, 0.88 mills.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operation, 13.31 mills; debt
service, 0.87 mills.

Total tax rate of all special taxing districts having jurisdiction over
property in city: 12.75 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $17,007,000; county, 16,835,000 for roads and 02,965,000
for schools.

Other long term obligations: City, $2,788,000.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

General: Maps of the city and reports on its resources and development can
be obtained from the Saint Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

2. Transportation Fncilities

Rail: Saint Petersburg is a terminal point for main lines of the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line Railroad. These railroads have a
total of nine in-bound and nine out-bound passenger trains and three in-bound
and three out-bound freight trains deily. Pick-up and delivery service is
available for less than carload freight.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., Provides rail and air express service.
Free pick-up and delivery service is available for express.

Highway: U. S. High-ay 19 and Florida Highways 600, 686, 687, 689 add 690
enter Saint Petersburg.

Local transportation: Saint Petersburg has municipally-owned bus and trolley
service, The city is no- using 36 busses and 40 trolley cars but the system
is being converted to all busses.

Intercity bus service:

Company Number of busses daily

Florida Greyhound Lines 47 in 47 out
Pass-a-Grille Bus Line 34 in 34 out
Gulf Coast Motor Line 2 in 2 out
Southern Tours (chartered) 2 in 2 out

Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines, Inc., serves Georgia and
Florida; Great Southern Trucking Company serves all southeastern states, and
Tamiami Trail Tours, Inc., serves Florida. All cities in Florida can be
reached by an overnight truck haul.




2. Transportation Facilities (cont.)

Air: Albert Whitted Airport, five blocks from the business district, is the
nearest airport. Field is municipally-owned. Three hangars have a total of
33,340 square feet. The four runways range in length from 2,800 to 3,700 feet.
The field is open to private planes. Charter cross-country flights, sight-
seeing flights and pilot training are available. Commercial operations are
based at Pinellas County Airport, 10.5 miles from the business district,
National Airlines has four in-bound and four out-bound passenger flights daily.
SouthernAir Express.and Aerovias Sud Americana provide non-scheduled service.

3. Power

Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating facilities and
distribution system. Copies of rate schedules can be contained at the company's

4. Fuel

Coal: Delivered cost of domestic lump is ?15.50 per ton. No industrial
stoker is used.

Gas: Artificial gas, rated at 525 B.t.u. per cubic foot, is manufactured and
distributed by the City of Saint Petersburg. Copies of rate schedules can
be obtained at the City Hall.

Bottled gas: Saint Petersburg Gas Appliance Company distributes iso-butane
gas, rated at 3,250 B.t.u. per cubic foot, at a delivered cost of 300 per
galldn. Protane Gas Service distributes Protane A, rated at 2,500 B.t.u. per
cubic foot, at a delivered cost of 1"0 per 100 pounds, and Protane K, rated at
3,100 B.t.u. per cubic foot, at a delivered cost of "5 per 50 pounds.

Other: Fuel oils are distributed in wholesale quantities by City Fuel Oil
Company and Johnstone Brothers Fuel Company. The cost is 94 to 140 per gallon,
depending upon quantity and grade.

5. Sewage and peste Disposal

Sewage: Separate storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Present sanitary
system covers approximately eight square miles and will be extended to cover
20 square miles. Storm sewers cover 76.5 linear miles. Sewage is treated by
screen and chlorination. Disposal plant has a capacity of 20,000,000 gallons
per day.

Industrial waste disposal: No local industries have large quantities of
liquid waste.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in business sections and twice weekly in
residential sections.

6. Water Supply

Operator: City.

Source: Wells in the Cosmo-Odessa Lake region. Source is adequate for ex-

Treatment: Filtered and chlorinated and softened by ferrisul process.

Consumption: 6,384,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 20,000,000 gallons per day.


First 25,000 gallons, 472L- per 1,000 gallons
Next 75,000 gallons, 38S per 1,000 gallons
Over 100,000 gallons, 28S per 1,000 gallons



6. Water Supolv (cont.)

Chemical analysis:




Temperature Avg. 700.

Total hardness (calc)
Free C02
pH, 7.6
Color, 10
Taste, 0
Alkalinity Viethyl




7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Peninsular Telephone Company operates a dial exchange
serving 26,902 company-ouned stations in Saint Petersburg and the Gulf Beaches.
At present, 104 toll circuits are in use.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 6:30 a.m. to
on week-days, and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Educational Facilities

11:30 p.m.


Junior High


Number of schools


Number of schools








Vocational training for white students: Tomlinson Technical Institute,
county-operated, has courses in commerce, automobile mechanics, radio, sheet
metal, printing, machine shop, woodworking, drafting, beauty culture, photo-
graphy, weaving and sewing.

Vocational training for Negro students: Commerce, auto mechanics, woodworking,
carpentry, dry cleaning, tailoring and beauty culture.

Other schools and colleges: Saint Paul's Parochial School, 609; Saint Peters-
burg Junior College, 410; Admiral Farragut Naval Academy, 150; Florida Military
Academy, 250; Trinity College and Bible School, 80; Bixby Business School, 65;
Pan American Business University, 50, There are also several private kinder-
gartens and nursery schools in Saint Petersburg.

Libraries: Saint Petersburg Public Library, 39,481 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Saint Petersburg and Pinellas County operate a con-
solidated health department.

County health department: Staff of eight doctors, one dentist and 15 nurses.
Operates one white and one Negro clinic in Saint Petersburg.




9. Health Facilities (cont,)


Name Tgpe Ownership Beds

Mound Park General Municipal 220
Saint Anthony's General Catholic 100
Bay Pines General Veterans Adm. 444
Mercy (Negro) General Municipal 40
American Legion Orthopedic American Legion 35
Florence Crittenden Home Maternity Association 25
Doctor's General Private 24
White Cross Alcoholics Private 20
West Central Osteopathic Private 17
Earl Restorium Convalescent Private 40

10. Recreational Facilities

Parks: Williams Park, band shell, seating capacity, 4,000; Mirror Lake Park,
shuffleboard, roque, lawn bowling, chess, checkers and children's playground;
Waterfront Park Number 2, softball, stadium, chess, checkers, horseshoes and
shuffleboard; Spa Playground, fresh water pool, tennis courts, childrents
playground, Tampa Bay beach; Crescent Lake Park, softball, tennis courts,
baseball; Bartlett Park, shuffleboard, tennis, softball; Toodlawn Park,
children's playground, softball, tennis; Naggorie Park, recently acquired and
now being developed; Campbell Park (Negro), baseball, tennis, picnic grounds,
children's playground; Jordan Park Housing Project (Negro), three recreational
areas with softball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, volleyball and children's play-
ground. In addition, Saint Petersburg has 27 small parks. The total area of
city parks is 934.34 acres.

Athletic fields: Al Lang Ball Park, winter training field of Saint Louis
Cardinals and home field of Saint Petersburg Saints baseball team (Florida-
International League); Huggins Field, winter training field of New York
Yankees; Saint Petersburg High School Stadium, football and track.

Other: Saint Petersburg Yacht Club (limited membership), clubhouse and boat-
ing facilities; Bahama .Shores Yacht Club (limited membership) clubhouse and
boating facilities; Lakewood Country Club (limited membership), clubhouse and
18-hole golf course; Clark's Sunset Golf Course, 18-hole golf course (open to
public); Pasadena Golf Course (municipal), 18-hole golf course; Shore Acres
Golf Course, 18-hole golf course (open to public); three privately-o.ned riding
academies; Saint Petersburg Kennel Club, greyhound racing; charter fishing
boats. In addition, there ?re active shuffleboard clubs, gun clubs, lawn
bowling clubs, bowling clubs, anglers clubs, pigeon clubs, Quarterback Club,
and Mariner's Club.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of 82 persons. City has 14 patrol cars, equipped with
two-way radio. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
night. City jail not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: Sheriff and seven deputies, equipped with five patrol cars with two-
way radio, provide police protection outside the city. County jail is not
approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

State: Three Florida Highway Patrol patrolmen and one driver's license
examiner are assigned to this area, with headquarters in Saint Petersburg.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 95 full-time firemen. City has eight engines and
six stations.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 1; NBFU, Class 4.

County: Pinellas County has no fire department, but nearby municipalities
provide assistance, when possible.



13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 817.5 miles, paved, 345 miles; gravel, 0.

General: Brick and asphalt block are the principal types of surfacing.
Approximately 95% of the paved streets are curbed and 50% have sidewalks.

14. BankinE Facilities

Name Resources

Florida National Bank $35,048,161
First National Bank 28,103,248
Union Trust Company 32,370,697
First Federal Savings & Loan Association 17,373,331
Saint Petersburg Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. 13,345,895

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 45; architects, 13; land surveyors, 7;
general machine shops, 9; foundries, 2; automotive repair facilities, 51;
consulting engineers, 4 (civil, 2; industrial, 1; refrigeration, 1).

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; grocery stores, 215; department stores,
11; drug stores, 33.

Parking: City has 800 parking meters and two parking lots.

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

17. Wholesale Facilities

Type and number: Oil products, 14; citrus products, 10; dairy products, 10;
hotels and restaurant supplies, 6; meats, 6; novelties, 6; bakeries, 6; citrus
fruits, 5; wooden purses, 5; furniture, 4; produce, 4; surgical supplies, 4;
groceries, 3; plumbing supplies, 3; cigars and tobaccos, 3; paper products, 3;
poultry, 3; beauty shop equipment and supplies, 3; magazines and periodicals,
2; laundry supplies, 2; opticians, 2; radio equipment, 2; sandwiches, 2;
electrical supplies, 1; lumber, 1; notion; 1; refrigerator supplies, 1;
barber supplies, 1; jewelry, 1.

General: Commercial freezing and cormmrcial cold storage facilities are
available and adequate. Saint Petersburg has 12 public warehouses, but space
is inadequate for present needs. Two projects are planned that will somewhat
relieve the shortage of warehouse space.

18. Housing Conditions

General: Due to the heavy influx of 71inter visitors, Saint Petersburg should
have 25% surplus housing. At present, there is not more than 15% surplus.
Residential property is inadequate. A large portion of property formerly
available as rental houses, has been purchased by families establishing homes

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 202; rooms, 8,420.

Restaurants: Number, 250; seating capacity, 7,000.

20. Newspapers

Daily: Saint Petersburg Times, circulation, 33,437 daily, 37,459 Sunday;
Evening Independent, circulation, 18,540 daily.

V'eekly: Shopping News, circulation, 15,000 (give away).


21. Radio Stations

General: Station WSUN,5Sk; FTSP, 1 kw (day), 500 watts (night); WTSP-FM.

22. Lnundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 19.

Self-service laundries: Number, 11.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 47.

23. Civic Organizations




Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
Rotary Club
Kiwanis Club
Lions Club
Civitan Club
Optimist Club
Exchange Club
Woman's Club
Junior Woman's Club
Women's Chamber of Commerce
Business & Professional
Woman's Club
Pilot Club
Propeller Club
National Aeronautic
Civic Music Association

William J. Grant
Maurice Foisy
E. L. "Ned" March
Clarence S. Hinds
Norman C. Morrison
Leon W. Noel
James E. Appley
Owen Iler
Mrs. Harry E. Marsh
Mrs. Robert Clark
Mrs. Ray J. Knipe Lola Allen
Robina Tillinghast
E. Leslie Cole

Clarence Ludwig
James D. Bourne

405 9th Street South
568 Central Avenue
633 1st Avenue South
City Hall
Florida Power Corporation
333 9th Street North
829 9th Street North
301 9th Street South
808 Brightraters Boulevard
1515 28th Avenue North
355 15th Avenue Northeast

236 1st Avenue North
155 18th Avenue Northeast
Rutland Building

1401 17th Avenue North
219 4th Street North

24. Churches

Denomination and number: White---Baptist, 10; Christian, 1; Church of Christ,
3; Church of Christ, Scientist, 1; Congregational, 1; Episcopal, 2; Evangelical
Lutheran, 1; Free Methodist, 1; Hebrew, 2; Lutheran, 1; Methodist, 11;
Nazarene, 1; Pentecostal, 1; Presbyterian, 5; Roman Catholic, 3; Seventh Day
Advehtist, 1; Spiritualist, 3; Unitarian, 1; Unity, 1; miscellaneous, 15,
Negro--African Methodist Episcopal, 1; Baptist, 20; Christian, 1; Church of
Christ, 2; Church of God, 6; Holiness, 2; Jehovah Fitnesses, 1; Methodist, 2;
Presbyterian, 1; Seventh Day Adventist, 1.


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