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
Publisher: s.n.
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.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00229
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Sumter *County

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

Part C--Government

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

Prepared By:

101 Fifth Street South
4 Saint Petersburg 1, Florida

O and

311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida

With the assistance of City officials.


Part A--Natural Resources

1. Geography:

Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 89 feet.

2. Climate:

(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-
tural products.

Other: Livestock.

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.

2. Labor:

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
not licensed.

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.
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Part C--Government

1. Administration:

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, Tom Brown.

2. Finances:

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,
8 mills.

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.

2. Power:

Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and distributing
systems. Copies of rate schedule may be obtained at the companyts office.

3. Fuel:

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.

Libraries: 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.

19. Newspapers:

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.

22, Churches:

I Webster has two Protestant churches.


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