El Jobe-An, Florida "The City Of Destiny"
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Title: El Jobe-An, Florida "The City Of Destiny"
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Publisher: The Boston and Florida Reality Trust
Place of Publication: Boston, MA
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Waterfront View of El Jobe-an Beach Taken Before Development
]\fOT in the wide, wide world is to be found a superior climate of more even temperature, more sunshiny days and starry nights, more attractive waters with as gamey fish, more beautiful islands with tropical foliage, more delightful white sand beaches with shaded shore, or more satisfying conditions for the full enjoyment of life in God's great out-of-doors, than at El Jobe-An.

View Showing Natural Drainage Aspect of Land in Ei Jobe-An Before Development Indicating Gradual Slope to Waterfront.
HE site of the future city of El Jobe-An, comprising some 1500 acres of land, is situated near the mouth of the Myakka river at the head of Charlotte Harbor, midway between the cities of Sarasota and Fort Myers, on the west coast of Florida.
Nowhere on Florida's wonderful coast line of more than 1200 miles is there a spot possessing greater natural advantages for the creation of a cosmopolitan world port city of the first rank, than the site chosen for the city of El Jobe-An.
The location of El Jobe-An invites the attention of all who are interested in Florida real estate and especially the investors who have profited through the tremendous rise in price of real estate in Florida cities which had little more than climate as an asset for the attraction of capital�cities which were obliged to spend millions of dollars in the creation of those surroundings which are essential to commercial growth and which nature has so lavishly bestowed on El Jobe-An as a part of its inheritance.
El Jobe-An lies 284 miles southwest from Jacksonville, 85 miles south of Tampa, about 22 miles southwest from Arcadia, the county seat of De Soto County, 30 miles southeast of Sarasota, 28 miles northwest from Fort Myers and about 10 miles from Punta Gorda, the capital of Charlotte County.
The distance from El Jobe-An to Lake Okeechobee, some 55 to 60 miles, is through the heart of what some day may be called the nation's most profitable farming section. It is here that Henry Ford is conducting his wonderful experimental farm of 8200 acres.
The Site of El Jobe-An is owned and is being developed by the Boston and Florida Realty Trust, a Massachusetts organization composed of Massachusetts and Florida men of large and successful experience in operations of like character. The personnel of the organization includes Joel Bean of Boston, Edmund M. Warren of Springfield, Mass., B. L. Hamner of Tampa, Fla., Robert B. Sturkie, U. S. A., retired, of Dade City, and P. L. Weeks of Brook-ville, Florida.
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East Railroad Avenue in Process of Construction, Connecting El Jobe-An with
Tamiami Trail.
MR. BEAN is one of the most successful real estate men in Massachusetts, where he established an enviable reputation for doing big things in a big way. Mr. Bean's remarkable achievement at Kenberma, Nantasket Beach, in transforming waste land regarded as little better than worthless, into a million dollar development, stamps him as a real estate man extraordinary.
El Jobe-An is Mr. Bean's conception. He intends to make it his master development. He has surrounded himself with capable and efficient lieutenants, who are in harmony with his purpose. The entire staff is a unit in its determination to create in physical being the great city which Joel Bean has visualized.
Associated with Mr. Bean in the development of El Jobe-An are some of the most astute business men of New England and Florida. Prominent men from all over the country are identified with the project as lot owners and are vitally interested in its success.
PROBABLY no one man in Florida is better posted on real estate values or is so unerring in his forecast of the trend of development than Burks L. Hamner.
There are few if any real estate men in Florida whose opinions on matters relating to land selections for profit are more eagerly sought or followed with greater reward.
In Tampa, his adopted city, Mr. Hamner is known as the west coast miracle man through having converted a roadless wilderness into one of the show places of Hillsborough County� beautiful Temple Terrace.
Mr. Hamner says that the trend of development from Tampa unquestionably is south, and it was largely through his knowledge of conditions that the land now comprising the future city of EI Jobe-An was selected.
Mr. Hamner, as the Southern member of the El Jobe-An Planning Board, exercises general supervision over development operations now being conducted in the various wards.
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View showing the broad expanse of the Myakka river at El Jobe-An
MR. WARREN, a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, is known throughout the North Atlantic Coast as a prudent and far-seeing business man, whose large and successful land operations in the New England states entitle him to the front rank position in northern real estate circles which he occupies.
As a directing factor, Mr. Warren has been identified with many of the great land development enterprises of New England. He is a man of large affairs and his connection with any undertaking is alone sufficient to justify the investment of money.
Mr. Warren's participation with Messrs. Bean and Hamner. in the development of El Jobe-An adds strength to the combination of forces at work in building the city of Destiny at the head of Charlotte Harbor.
COL. ROBERT B. STURKIE, a former mayor of Dade City and one of Florida's most prominent attorneys, is now associated with the Boston and Florida Realty Trust as legal adviser.
Colonel Sturkie has more than a state wide reputation as an authority on Florida land titles. All real estate transactions involving the Trust receive his approval and all deeds are executed under his direct supervision.
As an extra precaution, Colonel Sturkie advised the Trust to insure the title of all lands acquired. This advice was heeded, and the title to each individual lot is now insured with a strong company against any possible imperfection.
A clear title is the most important and absolutely the vital factor in all transactions involving the transfer of real estate.
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View showing heavy growth of tropic vegetation close to the El Jobe-An waterfront.
PL. WEEKS of Brookville, the southern � member of the Trust, from his long experience in Florida "out-of-doors." he at one time being one of the largest turpentine operators in the state, naturally became interested in soils, drainage and kindred matters pertaining to growth of certain crops on certain lands.
In short, he is a soil expert, though in his modesty, he might not subscribe to that term. Nevertheless, Mr. Weeks has been of invaluable assistance to the Trust in the acquirement of desirable land from the farmer's point of view.
Mr. Weeks holds himself in readiness for consultation with El Jobe-An lot owners in beautifying their grounds with shrubbery for which their particular soil is best adapted.
Though El Jobe-An soil will produce most tropic vegetation luxuriantly, it is well to know the varieties of plant life which will be the more attractive.
HARLOTTE HARBOR, its islands and all the marvelous country lying adjacent and tributary, have in recent months become the cynosure of all eyes focussed on the intensive development of the west coast, now gaining momentum. The trend of development, as Mr. Hamner well says, is unquestionably southward along the water front. The rise of Sarasota from a handful of people a few years ago to a metropolis only second to the old established cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg is a harbinger of what is to come. The Charlotte Harbor section has had little public advertising to proclaim its beauty and commercial possibilities, other than by word of mouth from those who have been charmed by its natural tropical wonders.
This advertising, so urgently vital to modern progress, will quickly percolate to the outside world, coincident with the opening of the
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Tamiami Trail to automobile traffic, a few months . hence. Then, with Tampa and Miami in direct highway communication over America's tropical wonder road through the "Florida Everglades" and with continuing thousands of motor cars passing in both directions, Charlotte Harbor, through sheer attractiveness, should become, as it justly deserves to be, the rnecca for an endless chain of sightseers, with each individual link a potential citizen of this glorious region.
Charlotte Harbor's environs in the way of population are comparable with the Sarasota section of a. few years ago and with real estate values correspondingly as low. In the very nature of things it is therefore not unreasonable to expect that
land prices in the vicinity of Charlotte Harbor, a locality of even greater promise, will undergo advances, as population increases, on a similar schedule to the one followed by the Sarasota section in its rise to the point, now achieved, where it is credited as being the fastest growing community in the United States.
As a herald of approaching real estate activity in the Charlotte Harbor section, it may be stated, that the Ringling Brothers, the men of all others who turned the tide of immigration towards Sarasota, have quietly purchased thousands of acres adjoining the city of El Jobe-An along the Tamiami Trail.
Note the Location of Charlotte Harbor.
EW counties in Florida possess greater natural advantages than Charlotte. None surpass it in fertility of soil and none hold out superior inducements to the home seeker.
Lying as it does, below the line of probable frost, and with its entire west coast lapped by the waters of its wonderful harbor, climatic conditions are ideal for the successful production of the many tropical fruits, which bring high prices in the market and which it would be hazardous to attempt to grow in counties farther north.
The capital of the county, Punta Gorda, lying some 10 miles southeast of El Jobe-An, is a charming residential city situated on the south shore of the fascinating Peace river at its entrance to Charlotte Harbor, occupying a position similar to that of El Jobe-An at the mouth of the Myakka. Both the Peace and Myakka rivers are alive with fish and each one navigable for medium draft vessels for considerable distances.
The State Legislature recently passed a resolution permitting the county to issue improvement bonds to the amount of $2,000,000. Contemplated improvements include a $100,000 bridge connecting El Jobe-An with McCall, on the west side of the Myakka, a new court house at Punta Gorda and the remainder of the money for highway construction.
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UTERB climate, wonderful location near the mouth of the majes-t i c Myakka river with more than six miles of salt water shore line fronting on white sand and shaded beaches.
Commanding view of beautiful Charlotte Harbor with its incomparable islands of tropic loveliness�gems of the southern sea.
Direct connection with Boca Grande, where once the pirate Gas-parella ruled, but now transformed into one of America's most fashionable resorts set amid the sparkling waters of sea and harbor.
Rail and highway facilities for communication with all parts of Florida, remarkable fertility of soil, hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin land, within tributary distance, awaiting the incoming settler.
Near the geographical center of Florida's fishing industry already producing upwards of $20,000,000 annually and the acknowledged Utopia for rod and reel devotees who seek the gamey Tarpon in his home waters.
The above illustration is a prospective of the new city of El Jobe-An, Charlotte County, Florida, situated on the Myakka River and at the head of Charlotte Harbor, thirty miles southeast of Sarasota, and! twenty-eight miles north of Fort Myers. This illustration shows only the first unit or lots in three wards that were placed on the market several months ago, nearly all of which have been sold. There are six wards in all, comprising between thirteen and fifteen hundred acres, in the site planned for the city. In the center of each city ward there is a public plaza. Several thousand acres adjoining are to be
laid out in five acre tracts, and will be sold for growing citrus fruit and truck gardening.
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Standing pine on the El Jobe-An city site, quantities for saw mill purposes being
"E5g?| HE city of El Jobe-An has been de-j||T|| signed and is laid out on economic �p|1f| principles which provide for its future WbgJ$ growth in population and commercial g*�p^ expansion as well as for its present [g.' requirements. It is intended that all municipal and public buildings such as churches, schools, hotels and theatres and as far as possible, the private home, be confined to the attractive Spanish type of architecture, which not only implies beautiful buildings but dwellings best suited to tropical environment. To carry out this purpose, a Citizen's Improvement Committee has been formed to consult with and assist lot owners in the selection of house plans which follow out the general policy of harmonious landscape blending.
The city is divided into six wards, each with its own civic center bordering on a circular plaza surrounded by a 100 foot boulevard from which six main thoroughfares 80 feet wide, radiate in the form of a hexagon to the ward limits, where they connect with similar avenues in the adjacent ward (see Map on Page 9), thus bringing the various civic centers into im-
mediate touch with each other, and placing every part of the city within easy distance of both water front and Tamiami Trail.
Streets from 50 to 60 feet wide connecting at each end with the avenues, parallel each other to the end of the ward, giving the owner of even the most remote lot quick access to his particular civic center. Lots fronting on the boulevard, surrounding the central plaza are intended for business purposes. Reservations have been made in the immediate neighborhood for schools and churches and here it is, in the plaza section, that the commercial life of the ward will center with its theatres, public buildings, recreational attractions and other distinctive features of a thriving city.
For the golf enthusiast there has been reserved, at a convenient location, land for an eighteen hole course, which, when completed, is intended to compare favorably with any similar improvement on the Southwest Coast of the "Sunshine State."
Except in a few instances, city lots are of the uniform dimensions of 5000 square feet or 50 by 100 feet, with a 12 foot driveway in the

View Showing Tropical Vegetation and General Character of Land Comprising El Jobe-An Townsite Prior to Development.
rear, the blocks being 212 feet from street to street. A large part of the land area, comprising the city wards, contains profuse tropical vegetation, (see photograph) so that it is possible for lot owners to beautify their grounds at little or no expense for plants, trees or shrubbery.
Not the least interesting feature of the El Jobe-An policy, is the provision made for lot owners, who desire to engage in horticulture, to acquire 5, 10 or 20 acre tracts of land near the city and Tamiami Trail at prices which are practically certain to show a rapid advance upon the Trail's completion. These lands are well adapted to the growing of various money making products, such as citrus fruits and winter vegetables which command high prices in the northern market.
Preparations are being made to place these small farms on the market at as early a date as possible. Lot owners, in the meantime, have the privilege of applying for reservations pending the opening sale date. As the tracts are limited, those who make first applications will be given preference.
One of the greatest natural assets of the city is its wonderful white sand beaches with miles
of shaded shore line, a feature possessed by but few bathing resorts on either coast, (see photograph) an attraction at once noticed and appreciated by the visitor.
The owners of El Jobe-An are spending money freely in its development. Many miles of streets and highways are in process of building with construction well advanced. Other municipal improvements are under way and individual activity in building operations is being speeded up to relieve present inadequate tourist accommodations and to provide for the throng of home seekers expected to follow the opening of the Tamiami Trail from coast to coast. It is intended to replace the present Seaboard Airline passenger station, now located near the bridge over the Myakka (see picture on page 9) river, with a modern structure of Spanish design, nearer the center of the city. A bathing pavilion, dance hall and casino of large capacity also is planned for erection at a central point on the water front.
Property sales in El Jobe-An are surpassing all expectations. The first unit, comprising three wards, is practically sold out, rendering it obligatory to place the second unit on sale at a much earlier date than was intended. Resale
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View showing railroad bridge across the Myakka river at El Jobe-An
values have advanced accordingly and those who made first purchases less than a year ago already can see generous profits from their investment.
The price of property now, in El Jobe-An, is, according to some of the best real estate authorities, from one to two hundred per cent, lower than in any city on either coast having equal advantages of location and in the same stage of development.
Property values in El Jobe-An today are about on a par with those of Miami some years ago before that remarkable city had received the widespread publicity which gave rise to its growth in population and consequent tremendous advance in the price of its real estate.
The story of El Jobe-An, when written, if natural attributes are criterions, should not be unlike the history made by Miami in its transitory progress from an unimportant place on the map to the position it now occupies as Florida's east coast metropolis, for El Jobe-An possesses almost identical factors of climate, harbor, rail and highway, moreover, it is nearer the developed and great producing sections of inland Florida, for whose commodities it is the natural water outlet.
L JOBE-AN, having more than six miles of salt water frontage at the mouth of the deep flowing Myakka, commanding the full sweep of beautiful Charlotte Harbor, would naturally appear to be the logical terminal port for ocean freight seeking entrance to the interior of Florida and likewise the shipping point for the products of the back country seeking egress to the markets of the world by water.
The Seaboard Airline Railroad with its thousands of miles of trackage branching out from civic centers in all directions makes its South Florida entrance to the sea through El Jobe-An, affording the city transportation facilities by rail equal to those by water through its wonderful harbor. Motor transportation through El Jobe-An's connection with the Tamiami Trail and other country roads places the city in direct communication with all parts of Florida through the medium of the state's stupendous system of hard surface highways aggregating nearly, if not quite, eleven thousand miles.
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Water front view taken in Ward 3, El Jobe-An.
Aside from its commanding position as a transportation center by water, rail and highway, El Jobe-An has all of the attractive features in natural form possessed by any locality on the coast of Florida. Also it has a marvelous back country of empire extent, comprising hundreds of thousands of acres of land as fertile and potentially as prolific as any of which the State of Florida can boast, all of which acreage lies within tributary distance of El Jobe-An and must in the future contribute largely to its commercial life.
Florida's fishing industry, now with an annual product exceeding $20,000,000 in value, centers on the Gulf coast, the waters between Sarasota and Marco which include Charlotte Harbor, being to Florida what the "Grand Banks" are to Nova Scotia and New England.
El Jobe-An, occupying as it does a central position within this vast fishery domain, might naturally be expected to be headquarters for the growing industry and become the southern rival of Boston as a fish market and distributing point.
Tributory to El Jobe-An are vast tracks of virgin pine, oak and cypress awaiting the woodman's axe and saw mill for transformation into lumber, furniture, building material and the millions of crates, hampers and containers annually required for marketing the thousands of car loads of garden truck, melons, berries, tropical and citrus fruits which the tributory lands are capable of producing. This business, lumber, and its by-products, is open to capture by the citizens of El Jobe-An. It is well worth the effort as it would provide lucrative employment for hundreds if not thousands and become the source of big earnings for invested capital.
Another industry of which El Jobe-An should become an important center, is the preserving and canning of the many varieties of tropical and sub-tropical fruits which are indigenous to Charlotte County and the tributory region roundabout.
Grazing lands capable of twelve months in the year thousands of head of cattle, lie within drover distance of El Jobe-An, thus suggesting future
providing forage for hundreds of
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One of the many safe bathing beaches at El Jobe-An. "No Undertow."
stock yards and packing houses as one of the city's prominent industries.
The climate of El Jobe-An is superb both winter and summer and as a residential city for year round living it yields to no locality in the "Sunshine State."
It has natural drainage from the Tamiami Trail to the Myakka. Its drinking water, savory and palatable, cool and refreshing, is to be had at depths of from twenty to thirty feet and but a short distance away are mineral springs containing medicinal properties comparing favorably with the ingredients found in the waters at America's most noted health resorts.
Pleasure boats are available for deep sea fishing, for cruising up the enticing Myakka and for excursions to the harbor's many captivating islands of tropical charm. Bathing in waters, ever of the right temperature which ebb and flood on immaculate hard sand beaches,
may be enjoyed with safety 365 days in the year.
El Jobe-An has direct connection with "Gasparilla Island," that gem of South Florida waters where Boca Grande, the famous resort of fashionable New York, lies in all its balmy loveliness. The islands near El Jobe-An are the rendezvous for hundreds of sportsmen from the four corners of the country who seek the gamey tarpon, king fish and barracuda in their home waters. Nowhere in America are these game fish and hundreds of other varieties, more plentiful than in the sea near El Jobe-An.
For those who delight in hunting El Jobe-An affords ample possibilities in the way of small game. Ducks and geese are numerous at certain seasons. Deer and wild turkey are to be found at no great distance, and those wilder denizens of the forest, the bear and wildcat, lurk in places more remote though not difficult to find by those who seek more exciting sport.

With the tremendous influx of home seekers to southern Florida, drainage of the Everglades opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of marvelously rich land from which two, three and as many as four crops a year can be produced, the completion of the Tamiami Trail, building of proposed new railroads and the millions of dollars to be spent for new highways, bridges and for other public improvements all within tributory distance of El Jobe-An, one does not have to draw extensively on the imagination to visualize the city as the outstanding commercial and residential center of the South West Coast, for it possesses the necessary factors which apparently point towards that distinction.
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The illustrations in this booklet, with one exception, portray actual scenes from photographs taken at El Jobe-An by our own associates. The one exception is the illustration, "A PEEK INTO THE FUTURE," which was taken from an artist's drawing, showing the water scene and forecasting future developments.
Fully realizing that all things considered EL JOBE-AN occupies an unique position in FLORIDA Development, we have no desire to color or embellish existing conditions in the slightest degree. The statements contained herein also are conservative in every particular.
Complete and detailed information regarding prices and terms will be promptly furnished on request.
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