INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANT AGE s "
WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA f *
Table of Contents
Part A---Natural Resources
3. Local Raw Materials
Part B--General Economy
3. Retail Market
4. General Remarks on Economy
Part D---Community Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Construction and Service Facilities
Hotels and Restaurants
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
TOWN OF WEWAHITCHKA
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COIKMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
Part A--Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat. Chipola River borders city limits.
Elevation, 45.495 feet above sea letel.
(From observations at Apalachicola, Florida.)
Annual January April y October
Temperature averages 68.5 53.7 67.1 81.7 70.6
Rainfall averages 58.36 3.65 2.80 7.74 3.19
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, February 11;
usual date of first killing frost in Fall, December 13; average length
of growing season, 305 days.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: Pulp wood, pine and cypress saw logs, bay, gums, and ironwood
are available in the immediate vicinity 'and up to a 20 mile radius. This
area produces 360 naval stores units per year (18,000 gallons of turpen-
tine and 504,000 pounds of rosin.) Gaskin Brothers Lumber Company is
producing pine and cypress lumber.
Agricultural products: Honey, 500,000 pounds per year (fancy Tupelo and
light amber); wax, 5,500 pounds per year; milk, 4,021 quarts per day;
cattle, 1,500 head; hogs, 6,500 head; eggs, 20,000 dozen per year; pecans,
11,000 pounds per year; row crops, 2,280 acres. Other commercial crops
include corn, oats, watermelons, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and truck crops.
Other: Frogs are plentiful. Fresh water fish are also plentiful but com-
mercial fresh water fishing is now prohibited. Deer, turkey, squirrel,
quail and dove are also plentiful but may not be taken for commercial
Part B---General Economy
Est. 1947 191940. 19351.:: 1930
County total 7,800 7,010 6,951 3,099 3,182
City total 1,139 1,022 755 584
Negroes in County 1,932 2,385 1,108 1,096
Negroes in city -- 159 152
Predominant nationality: Native-born white.
Unions: No unions have been established in local industries,
Female employment: Approximately 10% of total employment is female.
SApproximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 750; unskilled Negro
male, 650; skilled white male, $1.25.
General Unskilled labor is available.
3. Retail Market:
General: Wewahitchka serves as the retail trade center for surrounding
3. Retail Market: (cont.)
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, 1,719.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, I620,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, :,292,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, 4137,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.
4. General Remarks on Ec9nomv:
This section is rapidly developing its agricultural resources. Cattle,
hogs, truck crops, poultry and dairy products are steadily increasing.
Officials: Mayor, Floyd C. Lister; City Attorney, F. M. Campbell.
Special departments: City has an active planning board and street
Zoning: City does not have a zoning ordinance.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 5 mills; debt service, 0.
Average county tax for last five years: Operations, 5 mills; debt
City basis of assessment: 50% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $274,605.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: None.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: Gasoline, 10 per gallon; cigarettes, 10 per pack;
Current county tax rate: Operations, 14.75 mills; debt service, 9 mills.
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15 mills; debt
service, 9.25 mills.
Bonded debt: City, 414,500; county, $62,000.
Other long-term obligations: City, 0; county, 0.
Part D---Compuiu y .Facilities
Railroad: No railroad serves Wewahitchka. Rail service is available from
Port Saint Joe or Blountstown.
Express: Service is available from Port Saint Joe or Blountstown.
Highway: Florida Highways 22 and 71 pass through Wewahitchka.
Intercity bus service: Modern Coach Corporation operates four buses daily
Intercity trucking Facilities: None. Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Pensacola
and Montgomery are among the principal cities that could be reached by an
overnight truck haul.
Air: The nearest airport is at Port Saint Joe, 24 miles away. That field
is open to private planes. Charter cross-country flights are available.
Commercial air transportation is not available.
Power is distributed by a Rural Electrification Administration Cooperative.
General: Fuel oils and wood are the only fuels used in this section.
4. Sewage and iJastg Disposal:
Sewage: There is no municipal sewage disposal system.
Garbage: Garbage is collected once each week.
S5. Water Supply:
Source: Well. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.
6. Compunica4ons Facilities:
Telephone service: Saint Joe Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
dial exchange serving 48 company-owned stations in town and three rural
Telegraph service: Saint Joe Telephone and Telegraph Company provides
telegraph service. The telegraph office is open at all times.
7. educational F4c~lities:
General: Wewahitchka has one white and one Negro elementary school.
8. HQealth Facilities:
City health department: None.
County health department: Staff of one doctor and two nurses. Operates
a clinic at the Court House in Wewahitchka.
Hospitals: The nearest hospital is a 30-bed city-owned general hospital in
9. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: None.
Athletic fields: Baseball diamond.
Other: Lake Alice and Lake Julia are suitable for swimming. Picnic
grounds and 12 fishing camps are available.
10. Police Pro1tpcton:
City: Force consists of one policeman. City has one patrol car, without
radio equipment. Regular beats are not maintained at night.
11. Fire ProteF$fon:
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 9.
* 12. Bankir Facilities:
V Wewahitchka State Bank, total resources, $875,000.
13. Construction and Service Fac~ities:
Type and number: General contractors, 1; architects, 0; land surveyors, 0;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; automotive repair
facilities, 4; foundries, 0; consulting engineers, 0.
14. Re tgl Faclities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores,0; department stores, 0; grocery
stores, 12; drug stores, 1.
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Vacant stores: There are no vacant stores in the business district.
15. Wh9lesale Facilities:
General: Wewahitchka is not a wholesale distribution center. No special
markets are operated for the wholesale sale of local products. Commercial
cold storage facilities are available and adequate for present needs.
Commercial freezing and public warehousing facilities are not available.
16. Housing C9nditiops:
General: Housing conditions are fair. Approximately 15 new dwellings
were constructed during the last 20 months.
17. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Twelve fishing camps have accommodations for 100 persons.
Restaurants: Number 4; seating capacity, 150.
Weekly: Gulf County Breeze.
19. ,aupdries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 1.
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