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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?]
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General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
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INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL

WILDWOOD, FLORIDA

Sumter County



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Part A---Natural Resources

e1 Geography
2. Climate
3. Local Raw Materials

Part B--General Economy

1. Population
2. Labor
3. Retail Market
4. Manufacturing Industries
5. General Remarks on Economy

Part C--Government

1. Administration
2. Finances

Part D---Community Facilities


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Transportation Facilities
Power
Fuel
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Water Supply
Communications Facilities
Educational Facilities
Health Facilities
Recreational Facilities
Police Protection
Fire Protection
Banking Facilities
Construction and Service Facilities
Retail Facilities
Wholesale Facilities
Housing Conditions
Hotels and Restaurants
Newspapers
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Civic Organizations
Churches


Prepared By:

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Wildwood, Florida

FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth Street South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida


FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
Tallahassee, Florida


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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Wildwood is in Central Florida, 78 miles northeast of Tampa, 54
miles northwest of Orlando, and 25 miles south of Ocala.

Chief topographical features: Flat, Elevation, 63 feet above sea level.

2, Climate

(From U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Bushnell for a 9-year period.)

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 70.6 58.4 70.7 80.2 71.7
Normal rainfall 51.44 2.01 3.35 9.84 2.79

Growing season: (From observations at Brooksville, Florida). 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: Pine is available in small quantities 10 miles from town,

Minerals: Limestone is produced 10 miles from town by Central Quarries, Inc.

Agricultural products: Watermelons, tomatoes and general farming.

Other: Livestock.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1948 1945 1940 1035 1930

County total 11,600 10,417 11,041 10,056 10,644
City total 3,000 2,025 1,346 1,345 1,409
Negroes in county --- 2,873 3,079 2,962 3,217
Negroes in city --- 531 --- 351 --

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white.

2, Labor

Unions: Employees of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad are represented by various
railroad brotherhoods.

Female employment: The proportion of female employment is slight. No women
are employed in manufacturing industries.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 650; unskilled Negro male,
600; unskilled Negro females, 550; skilled white male, $1.50; skilled Negro
male, $1.25. No skilled females are employed.

General: Good quantity and quality of unskilled white female labor and fair
quantity of skilled male labor is available,

3. Retail Market

General: Wildwood serves as the retail trade center for the northern part
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3. Retail Market (Cont.)

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,840.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $3,602,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $1,389,000.*
1947 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $233,000.*
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $183,000.*

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

4o Manufacturing Industries

General: The principal manufacturing industry in Wildwood is the Royal Palm
Ice Company, Inc., ice manufacturer,

5. General Remarks on Economy

This area is dependent upon the payroll of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad shop
and an increasing cattle industry.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, E. W. Boring; City Attorney, Carroll Fussell.

Special departments: City has an active street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect,

2, Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 8 mills; debt service, 10 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

City utility tax: 10%

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 29 mills; debt service, 0,

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 29 mills; debt
service, 0.

Bonded debt: City, $192,000; county, 0.

Other long-term obligations: None.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

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

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroads: Wildwood is served by a Seaboard Air Line Railroad main line with
24 passenger and 15 freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less than
carload freight is available.


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2. Transportation Facilities (Cont.)

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery for express is not available, Direct air express is
not available.

Highway: Florida Highways 35 and 44 pass through Wildwood.

Local bus service: None,

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines has 21 buses through Wildwood daily.

Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines provides trucking service
to all of Florida. Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Atlanta and Savannah are the
principal cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Wildwood does not have an airport.

3. Power

General: Florida Power Corporation owns and operates the generating and
distribution systems. Rate schedule may be obtained at the company's office.

4. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available,

Bottled gas: Greents Fuel distributes Pyrofax.

Other: Number 1 and Number 2 fuel oils are available.

5, Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Waste is treated by settling
tanks and chlorination. Present system is financed by assessment.

Industrial waste disposal: Industries use septic tanks.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily.

6. Water Supply

Operator: City.

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

Treatment: None,

Pumping capacity: 936,000 gallons per day.

Rate: Rate schedule can be obtained from City Clerk.

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Florida Telephone Company operates a manual exchange,

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
week days and is open half-day on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High Hiph

White:

Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 270 143 117
Present capacity 300 150 150








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8. Educational Facilities (Cont.)

Elementary Junior High High
Negro:

Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 167 69 55
Present capacity 200 100 100

Vocational training for whit6 students: Agriculture.

Vocational training for Negro students: Agriculture,

Libraries: None,

9. Health Facilities

City health department: City has no health department.

County health department: Staff of one doctor and one nurse. Operates a
general clinic.

Hospitals: None.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: None.

Athletic fields: High school football field.

Other: Tennis court.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of two policemen. City has one police car, without radio
equipment. Patrolmen are not uniformed. Regular beats are not maintained at
night.

County: Police protection is not available outside the city limits.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of eight volunteer firemen. City has one engine and one
station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.

County: Fire protection is not available outside the city limits,

13. Banking Facilities

General: Bank of Wildwood, total resources, $1,325,000.

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 1; department stores, 0; grocery stores, 12;
drug stores, 2,

Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots,

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

16. Wholesale Facilities

General: Wildwood is not a wholesale distribution center.


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17. Housing Conditions

General: Housing shortage in Wildwood is acute. Housing project now in
progress.

18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 3; rooms, 60.

I Restaurants: Number, 5; seating capacity, 100.

19. Newspapers

Weekly: Wildwood Echo, circulation, 500.

20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: None.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2.

21. Civic Organizations

Name and name of president: Qhamber of Commerce, A. M. Barlow; Lions Club,
S. L. Pyles.

22. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Church of Christ, Church of God, Methodist and
Presbyterian.




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