NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA
Part A--Natural Resources C~. .&'
Location: North Miami is on the lower East Coast of Floridh, about two..'
miles north of Miami.
Chief topographical features: Flat. Biscayne River runs through the city.
S 2. Climate:
Annual January uil vl October
Normal temperature 75.1 67.9 73.9 81.8 78.0
Normal rainfall 57.79 2.27 3.41 5.60 7.74
During a 40-year period, the U. S. feather Bureau recorded only 10 killing
frosts in the spring and three in the fall.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: No timber is available in the immediate vicinity.
Minerals: Maule Industries is working sand and rock deposits two to ten
miles from town. Mills Rock-Company manufactures concrete blocks.
Agricultural products: Vegetables are the chief agricultural products of
Part B---General Economy
Est. 1947 195 190 1935 1930
County total 351,100 315,138 267,739 180,998 142,955
City total --- 2,776 1,973 1,354 ---
Negroes in county --- 53,905 49,518 35,924 29,824
Negroes in city -- -- -- 37 --
Predominant nationalities: Native-born white.
Unions: No manufacturing industries are unionized.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white rales, $1; unskilled Negro males,
Il; skilled white males, $2.25.
3. Retail Market:
General: North Miami is the retail trade center for the immediate vicinity.
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,821.*
1946 Estimated total retail sales in county, .340,177,000.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, %63,618,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $50,507,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, "18,650,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
Sduction not licensed.
4. Manufacturing Industries:
General: Total number of manufacturing establishments, three.
Principal manufacturing plants: Florida Lith-I-Bar, concrete joints; Gus
Weber, wood cabinets.
NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA
Officials: Mayor, H. E. Beck; City Attorney, Ed Nelson.
Special departments; The city has an active building, electrical and
plumbing inspector, city engineer, park and recreation board, planning and
zoning board, street and water departments.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 16 mills; debt service, 4 mills.
Average city tax for last five years: Operations, 15 mills; debt service,
City basis 6f assessment: 100% of actual value at time of assessment.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $4,917,170 (1946).
City license tax on. nnufacturing plant: I25.
City utility tax: None.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 9.95 mills; debt service, 0.35 mills.
Bonded debt: $375,000.
Other long-term obligations: City, q200,000 (rater revenue bonds).
Part D---Community Frcilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City street and zoning maps are available.
2. Transportation Facilities:
Rail: North Miami is served by the Florida East Coast Railway and Seaboard
Air Line Railroad facilities in Miami.
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail and air express
service. Free pick-up and delivery service is available for express.
Highways: U. S. Highway 1 passes through North Miami.
Local bus service: Local bus service is not available.
Intercity bus service: Metropolitan Transit Company provides service to
Miami. Greyhound Lines, Glades Motor Lines and National Trailways have a
total of 158 scheduled buses in and out of Niami each day.
Intercity trucking facilities: Nationwide service is available from Miami.
Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlondo are among the principal cities that can be
reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: Miami International Airport, county o'ned, is the nearest airport.
It is about three miles from North Miami. It is open to private planes.
Ch-rter cross country flights are available. Scheduled commercial air
transportation is provided by:
Company Flights daily
Pan American Airways 78
Eastern Air Lines 68
National Airlines 36
Delta Air Lines 12
Espreso Aereo Inter-Americano 8
KLM Royal Dutch 4
In addition to those listed above, 28 other air lines operate charter or non-
scheduled flights from the Miami International Airport.
NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA
Florida Poner and Light Company owns and operates the generating and dis-
tributing facilities. Copies of the rate schedules can be obtained at the
Coal: Very little coal is used in this section.
Gas: Artificial gas, is distributed by the Peoples Tater and Gas Company.
Copies of the rate schedules can be obtained from the company's office.
Bottled gas: All types of bottled gas can be obtained from distributors in
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: NoFth'Miami has no sewerage system.
Industrial waste disposal: No local industries have large quantities of
Garbage: Garbage is collected twice a week.
6. Water Suuply:
Source: Wells. Present source is adequate for expansion.
Treatment: Filtered and chlorinated.
Rate: Rate schedules can be obtained from the city.
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates
a dial exchange.
Telegraph service: Western Union provides telegraph service.
8. Educational Facilities:
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 1 0 0
Present enrollment 1,500 -- -
Present capacity 1,500 -
Vocational training for white students: Vood7crk.
Libraries: North Miami Public Library.
9. Health Facilities:
City health department: None.
County health department: Staff of four medical doctors and 40 nurses.
Operates tuberculosis, X-ray, general disease, maternity, rell baby, and
Hospitals: North Miami is served by hospitals in Miami.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks and athletic fields: None,
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of eight men. City has two patrol cars, both equipped
with two-way radio. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained
at night. City jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
County: Police protection is furnished outside the city limits only on call.
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12. Fire Protection:
City: City has two fire engines and one fire station.
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 9.
County: County fire stations'provide protection outside the city limits.
13. Banking Facilities:
General: North Miabi is served by banking facilities in Miami.
14. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 4; architects, 1; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 5; consulting engineers, 0,
15. Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Grocery stores, 5; drug stores, 2.
Parking: City has one parking lot and no parking meters.
Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.
16. Housing Conditions:
General: At present the housing situation is not very good. About 500 houses
are under construction or contemplated.
17. Hotels and Restaurants:
Restaurants: Number, 4.
Weekly: North Dade County Chronicle.
19. Radio Stations:
General: (Metropolitan Miami Area)
Station Frequency Pcer
*Also operates frequency modulation station.
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
kw (day); 1 kw(night)
kw (day); 1 kw night )
Commercial laundries: Number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 1.
21. Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: North Miami Chamber of Commerce, Walter E,
Denominations: Baptist, Congregational, and Nazarene.