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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 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 2
5. New Industries 3
6. General Remarks on Economy 3
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D--Community Facilities
1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 3
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6, Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8, Educational Facilities 4
9. Health Facilities 4
10, Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 5
14. Banking Facilities 5
15. Construction and Service Facilities 5
16. Retail Facilities 5
17. Wholesale Facilities 6
18. Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21, Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Civic Organizations 6
23. Churches 6
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
Part A--.Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 150 feet.
Annual January Aril July October
Temperature averages 69.1 55.9 68.0 81.2 71.0
Rainfall averages 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. B. T.
Thomas operates a sawmill. There are also several small sawmills in this
Agricultural products: Strawberries, $500,000 annually; cattle, $500,000
annually; hogs, $250,000 annually; tobacco, $80,000 annually; corn,
Part B---General Economy
Est. 1947 15 190 193 1290
County total 12,000 10,730 8,717 8,841 9,405
City total 3,500 2,130 lj480 1,317 1,339
Negroes in county 2,900 2,807 2,227 2,338 2,730
Negroes in city 1,000 444 -- 230
Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.
Unions: No national unions have been established in local industries.
General: A fair amount of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labor is
3. Retail Market:
General: Starke is the retail trade center for Bradford County and parts
of Clay, Putnam, Duval, Alachua and Union counties.
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,573.*
1946 Estimated retail food stores sales in county, $1,005,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $277,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $115,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEIVENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.
4. ManufacturinE Industries:
General: Starke has five manufacturing establishments, employing a total
of 150 persons.
Principal manufacturing plants: Florida Plastic, Inc., plastic products;
Hartman Door and Window Manufacturing Company, mill work; Lradford Engineer-
ing Company, concrete blocks; American Tung Oil, tung oil and by products;
Thomas Lumber Company, lumber, poles and ties.
5. New Industries:
General: One new industry, employing 40 persons, was established during 1946.
6. General Remarks on Economy:
Agriculture is the principle source of income in this section. Business
conditions are very good at present.
Officials: Mayor, H. C. Uall; City Clerk, Carl Johns; City Attorney, George
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.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills; debt service, 0.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15 mills; debt
City basis of assessment: 75% 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, 10.25 mills; debt service, 0.
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 10.75 mills; debt
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 15 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
Highway: U. S. Highway 301 and Florida Highways 16, 100 and 200 pass through
Local bus service: Local bus service is provided by one bus.
Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines has 29 buses daily through Starke.
2, Transportatipn Facilities: (Cont.)
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.
The generating and distributing facilities are municipally-owned. Copies
of rate schedules can be obtained at the City offices.
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 204 a gallon.
5. Sewage and Waste Disepsal:
Sewage: Sanitary sewers are installed. The disposal plant is adequate for
Industrial waste disposal: No local industries have large amounts of liquid
Garbage: Garbage is collected daily.
6. Water Supnlv:
Source: Wells. Present source is adequate for expansion.
Consumption: 700,000 gallons per day.
Rate: $1.35 for first 5,000 gallons and 200 for each additional 1,000 gal-
7. Communications Facilies:
Telephone service: Starke Telephone Company operates a manual exchange serv-
ing 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 11 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 622 241 228
Present capacity 700 --- 600**
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 149 37 36
Present capacity 100 --- 100**
*Junior high and high schools are combined.
**Capacity includes both junior high and high schools.
8. Education, Facilities: (Cont.)
Vocational training for.white students: Home economics, vocational agri-
culture, and manual arts.
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 Facilitiess
Public parks: City Park has tennis courts. A well-equipped playground
should be completed by Spring.
Athletic fields: The school has a football field, baseball park and several
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of four persons. City has three patrol cars, without
radio.equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
night. 6ity jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
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.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 30 miles; paved, 10 miles.
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
General: Florida Bank at Starke, total resources, $2,483,139.35.
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 3; 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.storbs, 2; grocery stores,
16; drug stores, 3.
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: 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: There is a shortage of houses and large apartments but the supply
of small apartments and rooms is fairly good.
19. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 5; rooms, 100.
Restaurants: Number, 6; seating capacity, 250.
Weekly: Bradford County Telegraph, circulation, 1,786.
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 4.
22. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: Chamber of Commerce, A. J. Thomas; Lions Club,
A. B. Baker; Rotary Club, J. H. Dupree.
Denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Christian, Catholic, Church of God and