INVENTORY OFINDUSTRIAL ADVANTA G ES
WEBSTER, FLORIDA; i..
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. ~Jabor 2
3. Retail Market 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 2
5. General Remarks on Economy 2
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D---Community Facilities
1. Transportation Facilities 3
2. Power 3
3. Fuels 3
4. Sewage and Waste Disposal 3
5. Water Supply 4
6. Communications Facilities 4
7. Educational Facilities 4
8. Health Facilities 4
9. Recreational Facilities 4
10. Police Protection 4
11. Fire Protection 4
12. City Streets 4
13. Banking Facilities 4
14. Construction and Service Facilities 4
15. Retail Facilities 4
16. Wholesale Facilities 5
17. Housing Conditions 5
18. Hotels and Restaurants 5
19. Newspapers 5
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 5
21. Civic Organizations 5
22. Churches 5
FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth Street South
4 Saint Petersburg 1, Florida
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
With the assistance of City officials.
Part A--Natural Resources
Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 89 feet.
(From observations at Bushnell, Florida.)
Annual January April Jul October
Temperature averages 70.9 58.4 70.7 80.2 76.7
Rainfall averages 51.44 2.,1 3.35 9.84 2.79
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, February 13; usual
date of first killing frost in Fall, December 9; average length of growing
season, 299 days.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: Small quantities of pine are available 10 miles from town. Hayes
Sawmill produces rough lumber.
Minerals: None. Limerock was formerly produced eight miles from town. The
supply is not believed to be exhausted.
Agricultural products: Truck crops and watermelons are the principal agricul-
Part B--General Economy
Est, 1947 219 120 i 190
County total 11,600 10,417 11,041 10,056 10,466
City total -- 1,197 454 339 514
Negroes in county --- 2,873 3,079 2,962 3,217
Negroes in city --- 544 45 --
Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.
Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.
Female employment: Proportion of female employment is insignificant. No women
are employed in manufacturing industries,
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 500; unskilled Negro male, 50b
skilled white male, $1.25; skilled Negro male, no rate established,
General: Supply of unskilled labor is plentiful.
S 3. Retail Market:
SGeneral: Webster is the retail trade center for the immediate vicinity.
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,625.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $950,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $190,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $2490000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
4. Manufacturing Industries:
General: There are no manufacturing plants in Webster.
5. General Remarks on Economy:
This is a well-developed farm area suited to growing vegetables and cattle.
Officials: Mayor, Tom Brown.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 0; debt service, 0.
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 0; debt service, 0.
City license tax on manufacturing plants Occupational license schedule may be
obtained from City Clerk.
City utility tax: None.
Other major city taxes: None.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 28 mills; debt service, 8 mills.
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 28 mills; debt service,
Bonded debt: City, $350,000; county, $60,000.
Other long-term obligations: None.
Part D--Comn-unity Facilities
1. Transportation Facilities:
Railroads: Webster is served by an Atlantic Coast Line branch line with four
passenger and two freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than car-
load freight i .not available.
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery for express is not available. Direct air express service
is not available.
Highway: State Highway 471 passes through Webster.
Local bus service: None.
Intercity bus service: Greyhound has four buses through Webster daily.
Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines serves all of Florida.
Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami are the principal cities that may be
reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: City does not have an airport.
Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedule may be obtained at the companyts office.
Coalt Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.
Bottled gas: Green's Fuel and Pyrofax are available.
Other: Number 1 and Number 2 fuel oil is available from local distributors.
4. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: Storm sewers are installed. No sanitary sewerage system is installed.
Garbage: Garbage is collected weekly.
5. Water Supply:
Source: Well. Present source is adequate for expansion.
Rate: Rate schedule may be obtained from City Clerk.
6. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Florida Telephone Company operates a dial exchange.
*Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on week
days and is closed on Sundays and holidays.
7. Educational Facilities:
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 228 98 61
Present capacity 250 150 100
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 109 55 29
Present capacity 150 100 50
Vocational training for white students: Agriculture.
Vocational training for Negro students: None.
8. Health Facilities:
General:. There is neither a city nor county health department nor hospital in
9. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: None.
Athletic fields: None.
10. Police Protection:
City: City marshall provides police protection inside the city.
11, Fine. Protection:
General: Fire protection is not available.
12. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 4 miles; paved, 4.
13. Banking Facilities:
9 General: There is no bank in Webster.
14. Construction and Service Facilities:
General: Two general contractors are available. Architects, land surveyors,
general machine shops, machine repair facilities, foundries, automotive repair
facilities, and consulting engineers are not available.
15. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 0; grocery stores, 6;
drug stores, 2,
Parking: City has no parking meters and noparking lots.
15, Retail Facilities: (Cont.)
Vacant stores; There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.
16. Wholesale Facilities:
General: Webster is not a wholesale distribution center. Special markets are
operated for the sale of livestock and vegetables. Commercial cold storage,
Commercial freezing end public warehousing facilities are not available.
17. Housing Conditions:
General: Housing shortage is acute.
18. Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Nuuber, 0.
Restaurants: Number, 2; seating capacity, 50.
General: No newspaper are printed in Webster,
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
General: Commercial laundry and commercial dry cleaning services are not
21, Civic Organizations:
Name and rile of president: Webster Ments Civic Club, Stanton M. Gideon.
I Webster has two Protestant churches.