SOUTH BAY, FLORIDA
Palm Beach County K a
Part A---General Information *
South Bay is in South Florida, 45 miles west of West Palm Beach, 78 miles
north of Miami and 78 miles east of Fort Jyers. It is on the southern tip
of Lake Okeechobee. The maximum elevation is 18 feet.
U. S. Highway 27 and Florida Highway 80 pass through South Bay. Florida
East Coast Railway provides freight service but no passenger service is
available. Bus service is provided by Tamiami Trails Tours. Scheduled
commercial air transportation is not available.
The population of Palm Beach County was 112,311 in 1945. Since South Bay
was not incorporated at the time of the 1945 State Census, its population
was not reported. The South Bay election precinct had a population of
3,152 in 1945.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Belle Glade.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 63.4 1.68 July 80.1 6.90
February 64.2 1,48 August 80.4 8.06
March 66.2 2.70 September 79.4 7.41
April 70.2 2.94 October 75,0 4.84
May 74.2 3.60 November 68.1 2.90
June 78.2 9.01 December 64.5 1.32
Annual 72.0 52.84
5. Major Sources of Income
South Bay is in the center of the vast Everglades farming area. Two
large packing houses shipped approximately 750,000 packages of vegetables
during 1948, with an income of several million dollars. Adjoining South
Bay is the only sugar refinery in this area, shipping several hundred
tons of finished sugar to market each year.
Part B--Recreation and Entertainment
1. Snecial Events
Since South Bay is only three miles from Belle Glade and eighteen miles
east of Clewiston, residents of South Bay attend special events of those
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs
The Chamber of Commerce was working on plans for the establishment of a
recreational club at the time of this survey.
5. Civic Organizations
Chamber of Commerce. Businessmen in South Bay attend the Rotary and Lions
clubs of Belle Glade.
SOUTH BAY, FLORIDA
6. Fraternal Orpanizations
7. Organized Entertainment
The Chamber of Commerce was working on plans for regular entertainment at
the time this survey was prepared.
8. Recreational Facilities
The many canals here make this a popular area for duck hunting.
are no hunting lodges or guides.
All species of fresh water fish common to South Florida are caught in Lake
Okeechcbee. Black bass are the principal attraction for the sports
fisherman. A fishing camp was being established at the time this survey
2. Tourist Courts
Everglades Motor Court, Inc.---6 rooms. $6 per couple per night in winter,
$4 per couple per night in summer.
South Bay Tourist Court---4 rooms. 05 per couple.
Both of the above courts are within one-half block of eating places.
3. Guest Homes
Mrs. C. J. Brown. Rate, $3 per night.
4. Trailer Courts
S. J. Fisher---corner North New River Canal and Florida Highway 80.
Electric connections for trailers. Unit for use of trailer occupants
with bath and toilet facilities.
5. Eating Places
South Bay Restaurant
South Bay Bus Terminal Restaurant
Kozy Korner Cafe
Further information on South Bay can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
South Bay, Florida