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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Bradford County



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Table of Contents


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography
2. Climate
3. Local Raw Materials

Part B---General Economy

Retail Market
Manufacturing Industries
Hew Industries
General Remarks on Economy

Part C---Government

1. Administration
2. Finances

Part D---Community Facilities

Available Data
Transportation Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Water Supply
Communications Facilities
Educational Facilities
Health Facilities
Recreational Facilities
Police Protection
Fire Protection
City Streets
Banking Facilities
Construction and Service Facilities
Retail Facilities
Wholesale Facilities
Housing Conditions
Hotels and Restaurants
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Civic Organizations

Revised By:

Starke, Florida



Tallahassee, Florida



Part A---Natural Resourcep
1. Geography

Location: Starke, the county seat of Bradford County, is in North Florida.
It is 46 miles southwest of Jacksonville and 26 miles north of Gainesville.

Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 150 feet. There are
several lakes within a radius of 20 miles of Starke.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Raiford, Florida over a
43-year period.)

Annual January Apl July October
Normal temperature 69.1 55.9 68.0 81.2 71.0
Normal rainfall 49.40 2.62 2.75 7.32 2.82

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, February 28;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, November 26; average length of
growing season, 271 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Pine, cypress and gum (black and sweet) are available throughout
the county. Oak and bay are available three to 20 miles from town. There
are several savmills in this area.

Minerals: Ilmenite, Rutile and Zircon.

Agricultural products: Strawberries, $500,000 annually; cattle, $500,000
annually; hogs, $250,000 annually; tobacco, $80,000 annually; corn, $75,000

Part B---General Economy
1. Population

Est. 14 194 1930

County total 15,000 ,10,730 8,717 8,841 9,405
City total 5,000 2,130 1,480 1,317 1,339
Negroes in county 3,000 2,807 2,227 2,338 2,730
Negroes in city 1,000 444 230 ---

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.

*Estimate by Starke Chamber of Commerce.

2. Labor

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

General: An adequate amount of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labor
is available.

3. Retail Market

General: Starke is the retail trade center for Bradford County and parts
of Clay, Putnam, Duval, Alechua and Union counties.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,907.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $3,987,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $1,192,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $289,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $115,000.*



3. Retail Market (cont'd)

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

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Starke has seven manufacturing establishments, employing approxi-
mately 350 persons.

Principal manufacturing plants: Bradford Plastics United Plastics, plastic
products; Hartman Door and Vindow Manufacturing Company, mill work; Bradford
Engineering Company, concrete blocks; American Tung Oil, tung oil and by-
products; Thomas Lumber Company, lumber, poles and ties; Starke Bedding
Company, bedding; Humphrey Gold Corporation, ilmenite mining.

5. New Industries

General: One new industry, Humphrey Gold Corporation, employs approximately
200 persons.

6. General Remarks on Economy

Agriculture is the principal source of income in this section. Business
conditions are very good at present.

Part C---Government
1, Administration

Type: Mayor-council.

Officials: Mayor, J. R. Wainwright; City Clerk, Carl Johns; City Attorney,
George L. Patten.

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

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 12 mills,

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15 mills; debt service,

City basis of assessment: 50% of actual value.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: Set by city council.

City utility tax: 5% of bill.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 12 mills; debt service, 0.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 35.60 mills, based
on approximately 50% of valuation.

Bonded debt: City, $23,500; county, $36,500.

Part D---Community .Facilities
1. Available Data

Reports: The annual city audit and fiscal report, the City Clerk's report
and the Chamber of Commerce report contain useful data on Starke.



2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Starke is served by a Seaboard Air Line Railroad main line with
four passenger and eight freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery service
is available for less than carload freight.

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

Highway: U. S. Highway 301 and Florida Highways 16 and 100 pass through

Local bus service: Local bus service is provided by one bus.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines has 10 buses daily through Starke.

Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines and Alvarez Transfer
provide intercity trucking service. Any city in Florida can be reached by
an overnight truck haul.

Air: Conway Airport, privately-owned, is one-eighth mile from town. It
has limited hangar space. Runways are 1,600 feet, 2,000 feet and 2,300
feet. The field is open to private planes. Charter cross country flights
are available. Scheduled commercial air transportation is not available.

3. Power

The generating and distributing facilities are municipally-owned. An
emergency supply of power is available from R.E.A. Copies of rate schedules
can be obtained at the city offices.

4. Fuel

Coal: Very little coal is used in this section.

Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.

Bottled gas: Rosier Brothers Gas Company and Slade Gas Company. Delivered
cost is 200 a gallon.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Sanitary sewers are installed. The disposal plant is adequate for
present needs.

Industrial waste disposal: No local industries have large amounts of liquid

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily.

6. Water Supply

Source: Wells. Present source is adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorination.

Consumption: 700,000 gallons per day.

Rate: $1.35 for first 5,000 gallons and 200 for each additional 1,000 gal-

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Starke Telephone Company operates a manual exchange
serving 237 company-owned stations, six rural stations and 11 toll circuits.

Telegraph service; Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on
week-days and 9 to ll,a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.




8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High* High

Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 816 299 233
Present capacity 700 --- 600**


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 150 89 44
Present capacity 100 -- 100**

*Junior high and high schools are combined.
**Capacity includes both junior high and high schools.

Vocational training for white students: Home economics, vocational agri-
culture, manual arts, dramatics, and band music.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Other schools: Starke has a privately-operated kindergarten.

Libraries: Starke Library.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Combined with county health department.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and three nurses. Operates
a general clinic in Starke.

Hospitals: Shady Crest, a privately-owned general hospital, has 60 beds.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: City Park has tennis courts and a playground.

Athletic fields: The school has a baseball park, several softball fields,
and a stadium with a new $15,000 lighting system, seating 1,700.

Other: There are good fishing lakes within a short drive of Starke. It is
a 10 minute drive to Kingsley Lake with clear water and white sand beach.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of a chief and four patrolmen. City has one patrol
car, without radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are
maintained at night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal

County: The Sheriff's office and one county road patrolman provide police
protection outside the city.

12. Fire Protection

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

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 6.

County: None.

13. City LStreets

Mileage: Total, 30 miles; paved, 15 miles.




13. City Streets (cont'd)

General: Concrete and brick are the principal types of surfacing. About
10% of the streets are curbed and about 25% have sidewalks. Approximately
50% of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next
five years.

14. Banking Facilities

General: Florida Bank at Starke, total resources, $2,404,132.60.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 2; architects, 0; land surveyors, 3;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 2; foundries, 0; con-
sulting engineers, 0. Automotive repair facilities are adequate.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 6; department stores, 2; grocery stores,
16; drug stores, 4.

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

Vacant stores: There were 2 vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Starke is a wholesale distribution center for groceries. A special
market is operated for the wholesale distribution of vegetables. Commercial
cold storage facilities are adequate for present needs.

18. Housing Conditions

General: The supply of furnished and unfurnished apartments and houses,
and small apartments and rooms for rent by the month or week, is considered

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 4; rooms, 100.

Restaurants: Number, 7; seating capacity, 250.

20. Newspapers

Weekly: Bradford County Telegraph, circulation, 1,786.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 1.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 4.

22. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Chamber of Commerce, Guy Andrews; Lions
Club, H. A. Bishop, Jr.; Rotary Club, G. S. Newcomb; American Legion, A. J.
Thomas, Jr. (Commander); Masons, F. L. Durshirmire (Master); Woman's Club,
Mrs. William Morse; Junior Woman's Club, Mrs. Herlong Adams; Business and
Professional Women's Club, Mrs. Pauline Torode; Tourist Club, W. S. Sibley;
Eastern Star.

23. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Catholic, City Mission, Christian, Church of Christ,
Church of God, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Tabernacle.

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