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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?]
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INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL A

WEST PAIM BEACH, FLORIDA

Palm Beach County

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Table of Contents


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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography
2. Climate
3. Local Raw Materials

Part B---General Economy


Population
Labor
Retail Market
Manufacturing Industries
Nevr Industries
General Remarks on Economy


Part C---Government


1. Administration
2. Finances


Part D---Community Facilities


Available Data
Transportation Facilities
Power
Fuel
Sewage and Waste Disposal
tater 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
Newspapers
Radio Stations
Laundries and Dry.Cleaners
Civic Organizations
Churches


Revised By:

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
West Palm Beach, Florida


and
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
Tallahassee, Florida


Revised:
October/1949


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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: West Palm Beach is on the lower East Coast of Florida, 65 miles
north of Miami and across Lake Worth from Palm Beach. It is on the Intra-
coastal Waterway and near the Atlantic Ocean.

Chief topographical features: Flat; Intracoastal Waterway on east side of
city. Elevation, sea level to 18 feet.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)

Annual January April J~l October

Normal temperature 74.7 67.2 73.1 81.3 77.7
Normal rainfall 59.44 3.02 3.74 5.13 9.58

Growing season: In a 36-year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded
killing frosts in the spring in only seven years and in the fall in only
eight years.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: No timber is available in quantities.

Minerals: Peat is available, but is not being worked. Some sand suitable
for commercial use is available in this section but deposits are not being
worked.

Agricultural products: No agricultural products are raised in the immediate
vicinity except some mixed vegetables. There are 500 acres of citrus 16 miles
west of West Palm Beach.

Other: Dairy products (1,000 dairy cows); poultry farming (plant capacity
400,000 broilers), two large and two small nurseries, salt water fish.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 19L9* 3. 1940 i9 19302
County total 150,000 112,311 79,989 53,194 51,781
City total 63,000 40,599 33,693 27,248 26,615
Negroes in county 50,000 45,467 28,380 17,550 16,760
Negroes in city 20,000 12,593 --- 9,321 ---

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.

*Estimate made by West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.

2. Labor

Unions: Icemen, typographers, sheet metal workers and construction workers
are represented by A. F. of L. unions.

Female employment: Approximately 15% of the total employment is female.
About 250 women are employed in local manufacturing industries.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 750-$1; unskilled Negro male,
750; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 50; skilled white
male, $1.85-$2.25 (building trades); skilled Negro male, $1.85-$2.25 (building
trades); skilled white female, 750; skilled Negro female, not established.

General: There is no shortage of labor in this section.


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3. Retail Market

General: West Palm Beach is the retail trade center for Palm Beach, Martin
Okeechobee and Saint Lucie counties.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in city, $5,387; in county, $3,433.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in city, $87,795,000; in county,
$143,764,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in city, $17,734,000; in county,
$32,247,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in city, $7,625,000;
in county, $10,289,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in city, $3,376,000; in county,
$4,817,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduc-
tion not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 38; total number em-
ployed at all manufacturing plants, 2,900.

Principal manufacturing plants: Florida Clothing Company, men's slacks;
Rinker Materials Corporation, cement blocks; Flury and Crouch, prefabricated
houses; Harry Snyder, clothing; Palm Beach Mattress Company, mattresses;
Wilhelm Furniture Company, rattan furniture; Kremer Fishing Tackle, fishing
tackle; Gray Radio Company, marine radios; Palm Plastics Company, plastic
novelties.

5. New Industries

General: During the past three years, six new industries, employing 150
persons, were established in West Palm Beach.

6. General Remarks on Economy

West Palm Beach has been a winter resort city for many years and is becoming
increasingly popular for summer vacations. The trading zone has a permanent
estimated population of 200,000 and a winter population of 300,000. Palm
Beach County is the leading agricultural county in the state and tops the .
nation in output of vegetables. The dairy and beef cattle industries are
rapidly expanding and the number of small manufacturing industries are
increasing.

A number of buildings available for light industry, including 20,000 cubic
feet of refrigeration space, are available at Palm Beach International
Airport, located immediately west of the city. The airport is served by a
railroad spur making connections with the Seaboard Airline and Florida East
Coast Railways. There are 75 buildings leased to commercial industries, now
operating. It is the site of Palm Beach Junior College. In addition to the
land and buildings are utilities sufficient to serve the property, including
water and sewage systems, telephones, telegraph, fuel storage and distribution
systems. It has paved roads and streets.

Part C---Government
1. Administration

Type: Commission-Manager.

Officials: Mayor, William P. Holland; City Manager, Keith R. Chinn; City
Attorney, C. Robert Burns.

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

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.









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2. Finances

Current city tax rates Operations, 22.1 mills; debt service, 15.4 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 20 mills; debt
service, 15.5 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $37,953,410 ($17,619,410 is
homestead exempt).

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $10 to $100, depending upon number
of employees.

City utility tax: 10% on first $25, 5% on next $50 and 1% on balance.

Other major city taxes; None.

Current county tax rate: 23.01 mills; debt service, 5.35 mills.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15.21 mills; debt
service, 6.01 mills.

Special district: Special district tax rate is 11.45 mills for property
north of Southern Boulevard and 8.85 mills for property south of Southern
Boulevard,

Bonded debt: City, $10,558,395; county, 0.

Other long-term obligations: City, 0; county, 0.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer, power distribution system,
zoning and tax district maps are available.

Reports: General statistics on West Palm Beach are distributed by the Chamber
of Commerce.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: West Palm Beach is served by a main line of the Florida East Coast
Railway, vith 12 to 20 passenger and five freight trains daily, and a main
line of the Seaboard Air Line, with eight to 12 passenger and six freight trains
daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than carload freight is available.

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

Highway: U. S. Highway 1 and Florida Highway 80 pass through West Palm Beach.

Local bus service: Florida Cities Bus Company provides local service with
35 buses.

Intercity bus service: Florida Greyhound Lines has 82 buses and Glades Motor
Line has 8 buses daily through West Palm Beach.

Intercity trucking facilities: Great Southern Trucking Company provides ser-
vice to all parts of the Southeast. Central Truck Lines serves Florida and
parts of Georgia and Tamiami Trail Tours serves Florida. Jacksonville, Tampa
and Miami are the principal cities that can be reached by an overnight truck
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2. Transportation Facilities (cont'd)

Air: Palm Beach International Airport, owned and managed by Palm Beach
County, is a Class VI field. There are two 7,000-foot runways, one 6,000-
foot runway (lighted) and one 4,000-foot runway (unlighted). Scheduled
commercial air transportation is provided by Eastern Air Lines and National
Airlines. Charter service is available and several cargo airlines make
regular stops.

3. Power

Florida Porer and Light Company owns and operates the generating and distri-
buting facilities. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's
office.

4. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Artificial gas, rated at 502 B.t.u. per cubic foot, is distributed by
Florida Public Utilities Company. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained
at the company's office on request.

Bottled gas: Southeastern Natural Gas Corporation distributes Philgas, rated
at 2,550 B.t.u. per cubic foot. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at
the company's office.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers cover approximately 60% of West Palm Beach.
Septic tanks are used to treat sanitary sewage. Tanks are rated for 1,000,000
gallons a day but are actually handling 2,000,000 gallons at present. System
will ultimately have a capacity of 10,000,000 gallons a day. A new disposal
system to serve West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Lake lorth and Riviera Beach is
being considered but no definite decision has been made.

Industrial waste disposal: Industries use city sewerage system to dispose of
waste. No local industry has large quantities of liquid waste.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in congested areas and twice weekly in
residential areas.

6. Water Suoplv

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

Treatment: Chlorinated and aerated.

Consumption: 6,500,000 gallons a day.

Pumping capacity: 16,000,000 gallons a day.

Analysis:

Parts Per Million

Free Carbon Dioxide, C02. ............................ 1.0
Turbidity.................................................. 5
Non-Carbonate Hardness.................... ................. 45.9
Alkalinity to Methyl Orange (total)........................ 50
Alkalinity to Phenolphthalein ............................. O
Total Hardness....... .................................... 95.9
Total Solids at 1050 C................................... 225
Total Solids at 180o C .................................... 200.9
Silica, Si02........... .................. ....... 1.6
Ferric Oxide, Fe203........................................ 0.14
Iron, Fe....................................... ...... 0.10
Alumina, A1203.. ............................................. 0.6
Calcium, Ca............. ... ............................... 34.8









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6. Water Supnly (cont'd)

Parts Per Million
Magnesium, Mg...... .. .... .................................. 2.2
Sodium No................................................ 30.0
Potash HK.... ..... .**.... ........ ....... ............ 2.0
Carbonate, C03...... ................ ......................... 0
Bi-Carbonate, HC03.............................. ........... 61
Sulphate,or S ...... ... o .................................. 65
Chloride, CI....................... ... ...a,, ..... 34
Nitrate, N03......... .... .. ............... ........ ........ Trace

Fluoride, F......... ......................................
'Manganese, Mn................................... ....... ... O
Phosphoric Acid, P205**...................................... 0.02
Free Chlorine, CI... .... ..... ............................. O
Copper, Cu..... ..... .......... ................... ......... O
Lead, Pb......... ....... ..... ..................... ........ O
Dissolved Oxygen, DO.................................. ..... 6.2

Color: 2, Odor: 0, pH: 7.90

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone Service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 7 a.m. to midnight on
week-days and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High High

ijhite:

Number of schools 8 4 1
Present enrollment 2,534 1,129 1,168
Present capacity 2,534 1,129 1,168


Negro:

Number of schools 2 1 1
Present enrollment 1,133 501 402
Present capacity 1,133 501 402

Vocational training for white students: Automobile mechanics, aircraft engines
and mechanics, boatbuilding, beauty culture, diversified cooperative training,
machine shop, radio and electricity, printing, sheet metal, and welding.

Other schools: Palm Beach Junior College (333 pupils), Bell Iles Commercial
College (400 annual enrollment), Saint Ann's Parochial School (569 pupils),
Rosarian Academy (170 pupils), Fletcher's Progressive (65 pupils), Seventh
Day Adventist (35 pupils). Negro schools--Phillips Open Air (75 pupils),
Adventist (70 pupils), New Bethel (60 pupils).

Library: Memorial Library, 25,000 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one full-time doctor and one part-time
assistant, two white nurses and two Negro nurses. Operates immunization,
prenatal and venereal disease clinics and a laboratory for water and milk
control.

County health department: Staff of one doctor, one nurse, one veterinarian,
one sanitarian and corps of county and school nurses.









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9. Health Facilities (cont'd)

Hospitals: Good Samaritan, general, 135 beds; Saint Mary's, general, 180
beds; Pine Ridge (Negro), general, 50 beds.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Flagler Park, amphitheater, shuffleboard, horseshoe courts,
card sheds; Harvard Park, two baseball diamonds, softball diamond, basketball
and volleyball courts, shuffleboard, horseshoe courts, lawn bowling, tennis
courts, club house; Phipps Park, combination baseball and softball diamond,
basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, shuffleboard, picnic
grounds, tennis courts, archery range and club house; Bethesda Park, combination
baseball and softball diamond, shuffleboard, tennis courts, horseshoe courts,
basketball and volleyball courts, picnic grounds, clubhouse; Dixie Playground,
basketball and volleyball courts, tennis courts, playground apparatus;
Roosevelt Park (Negro), shuffleboard, basketball and volleyball courts, horse-
shoe court, tennis court, club house.

Athletic fields: Uright Field, baseball; Anderson Field, football and track;
Lincoln Perk (Negro), baseball and football.

Other: Ocean swimming, boating and salt water fishing.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of 65 persons. City has 10 patrol cars and 6 motor-
cycles with radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are
maintained at night. City jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: Police protection outside the city is provided by the Sheriff's
office. County jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 41 full-time firemen. City has six pumpors, two
aerial trucks, one service and two booster trucks.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 5.

County: Fire protection outside the city is not guaranteed.

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 300 miles; paved, 252 miles; gravelled, 48 miles.

General: Lime rock surface treated is the principal type of surfacing used.
About 50% of the streets are curbed and have sidewalks. Approximately 30%
of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five
years.

14. Banking Facilities

Name Total Resources

Atlantic National Bank of West Palm Beach $29,934,444.25
Florida Bank and Trust Company at West Palm Beach 14,973,863.04
First Federal Savings and Loan Association
of West Palm Beach 5,718,295.04

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 22; architects, 5; land surveyors, 3;
general machine shops, 5; machine repair facilities, 6; foundries, 1; auto-
motive repair facilities, 55; consulting engineers, 1.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 3; department stores, 10; grocery stores,
80; drug stores 25.





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16. Retail Facilities (cont'd)

Parking: City has 400 parking meters and two parking lots.

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

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Vest Palm Beach is a wholesale distribution center for some commodi-
ties. No special markets are operated for the wholesale distribution of agri-
cultural products. Commercial cold storage and commercial freezing facilities
are available and adequate. Public warehousing facilities are available but
inadequate.

18. Housing Conditions

General: The housing situation for families with average income has been
eased considerably during the past year due to the construction of new
housing units.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 40; rooms, 2,000.

Restaurants: Number, 80; seating capacity, 7,000.

20. Newspapers

Daily: Post, morning, circulation, 15,131; Times, evening, circulation,
11,130; Post-Times, Sunday, circulation, 23,172.

Leekly: Tiff, circulation, 4,800; Labor News, circulation, 1,500; Our Voice;
Florida'News (Negro), circulation, 5,000.

21. Radio Stations

General: Stations WIRK and WJNO operate on 250 watts. Station WJNO has a
Federal Communications Commission permit to construct FM facilities.

22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 3.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 41.

23. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Junior Chamber of Commerce, Ray Sparks;
Chamber of Commerce, Henry Delburn; Rotary, E. C. Faircloth.; Kiwanis,
L. M. Lennard; Lions, Horace S. Miller; Civitan, Layton R. Brooker.

24. Churches

Denomination and number: Adventist, 6; Baptist, 19; Bretheren, 1; Catholic, 2;
Christian and Missionary Alliance, 1; Church of God, 4; Congregational, 1;
Disciples, 2; Episcopal, 2; Hebrew, 2; Spiritualist, 1; Lutheran, 1; Holiness,
1; Methodist, 6; Latter Day Saints, 1; Pentecostal, 1; Presbyterian, 2;
Unity, 1; Christian Scientist, 1; Assembly of God, 1; Salvation Army, 1;
other denominations, 4.




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