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
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
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Polk County

Table of Contents
Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Raw IMaterials 2

Part B---General Economy

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

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. inarcs ': *".. :.' 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data 3
2. Transportation Facilities 4
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 5
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 6
14, Banking Facilities 6
15. Construction and Service Facilities 6
16. Retail Facilities 6
17. WTholesale Facilities 6
18, Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Civic Organizations 6
23. Churches 6
Prepared By:

Fort Meade, Florida


311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida



Part A---Natural Resources
1. Geograhhv:

Chief topographical features: River adjacent to city limits; several
small lakes and phosphate pools in vicinity. Elevation, approximately
125 feet.

2. Climate:

(From observations at Bartow, Florida)

Annual January April Jul October

Temperature averages 72.2 61.4 71.5 81.6 74.3
Rainfall averages 55.31 2.65 2.43 8.36 3.63

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, February 5;
usual date of first killing frost in Fall, December 13; average length
of growing season, 311 days.

3. Local Raw Materials:

Timber: Long leaf pine, gum, oak and cypress are available from four to
20 miles from town.

Minerals: International Minerals and Chemical Corporation, Swift and
Company and Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company are operating phosphate
pits in the immediate vicinity.

Agricultural products: Strawberries, vegetables, corn and citrus are the
principal agricultural products.

Other: Beef cattle, dairy cattle, hogs, poultry and nursery products
are of commercial importance.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population:

Est. 1947 9 1940 1935 1930

County total 125,400 112,429 86,665 82,184 72,291
City total 2,500 2,063 1,992 1,997 1,981
Negroes in county -- 24,994 19,516 17,740 16,020
Negroes in city 700 528 --- 569 --

Predominant nationality: Native-born white.

2. Labor:

Unions: Employees of the Inter County Telephone and Telegraph Company
belong to an independent union. Citrus workers are members of a C. I. 0.
union. Phosphate workers and electrical employees of Florida Power
Corporation and Foley Construction Company are members of A. F. of L. unions.

Female employment: Approximately 10% of the total employment is female.
About 152 women employed in citrus canneries and packing plants during
the season.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white males, 70; unskilled Negro
males, 700; unskilled white females, 600; unskilled Negro females, 600;
skilled white males, $1.25; skilled Negro males, $1.00; skilled white
females, $1.00; skilled Negro females, 600.

General: An ample supply of labor is available.

3. Retail Market:

General: Fort Meade is the retail trade center for the immediate vicinity


3. Retail Market: (cont.)

1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,740.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $16,525,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, ,6,563,000*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $2,279,000.*

*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries:

Principal manufacturing industries: Mlitchell Canneries, canned citrus
fruit; Alturas Canning Company, canned citrus fruit; Fort iyers Bottling
Works, soft drinks; Midway Moss Market, ginned Spanish moss; Fort Meade
Bottling Works, soft drinks.

General: Three citrus packing plants are important factors in the local
economy but are not classified as manufacturing industries.

5. General Remarks on Economy:

Undeveloped agricultural'and natural resources in this section offer great

Part C---Gqvernment

1. Administration:

Type: Commission-Lanager.

Officials: Iayor, J. J. Barden; City Manager, John L. Green; City
Attorney, Nat. J. Patterson.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector and plumbing inspector.

Zoning: City does not have a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances:

Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills; debt service, 18 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 3 mills; debt
service, 23 mills.

City basis of assessment: 60% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: i1,273,711.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $'25.

City utility tax: None.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 16.92 mills; debt service, .11 mills.

Bonded debt: City, 0303,000.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data:

ITaps: Maps of city utilities may be obtained from City Clerk upon request.

Reports: Monthly and quarterly reports of the city government are avail-
able for reference.



2. Transportation Facilities:

Railroad: Atlantic Coast Line main line, with two passenger and two freight
trains daily, serves:. Fort lieade. Pick-up and delivery for less than car-
load freight is available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Air
express is sent to Lakeland by rail and then forwarded by air. Free pick-
up and delivery for express is available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 17 passes through Fort M~eade.

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service: Glades Motor Lines has eieht buses daily through
Fort 1'ieade.

Intercity trucking facilities: Hunt Truck Lines provides service to Tampa,
Lakeland and iulberry. Tamiami Trail Tours provides service to Tampa and
south to Fort myers. Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville are among the principal
cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Bartow Airport, a municipally-owned field, is the nearest airport.
It is 16 miles fror Fort Meade. The field is open to private planes.
Charter cross-country flights and scheduled commercial air transportation
are not available.

3. Power:

The distribution system is operated by the city. Power is purchased from
generating facilities of Florida Power Corporation. Copies of rate
schedules may be purchased from the city clerk.

4. Fuel:

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.

Bottled gas: Green's Fuel and Central Florida Gas Company distribute
butane. The delivered cost is 250 per gallon.

5. Sewage and T;aste Disposal:

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Disposal plant uses a
25,000 gallon capacity septic tank.

Industrial waste disposal: Industries dispose of part of waste through
city sewerage system and haul the remainder to dumping grounds. A copy
of the ordinance of industrial waste disposal may be obtained from the
City Clerk.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and twice
weekly in the residential sections.

6. Water Supply:

Operator: City.

Source: Deep wells. Present sources are considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorination.

Consumption: 500,000 gallons per day.

Chemical analysis: A report on the chemical analysis of the water may be
obtained from the City Clerk.

Rate: y1.25 minimum for first 5,000 gallons and 10 per 1,000 gallons
for all over 5,000 gallons.

7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service: Inter County Telephone and Telegraph Company operates
a manual exchange serving 250 company-owned stations in town, 25 rural
stations, and five toll circuits. A dial system is being installed.


7. Communications Facilities: (cont.)

Telegraph service: Uestern Union has office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12
noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on week-days. On Sundays and holidays,
service is available from 3400 to 5:00 p.m.

8. Educational Facilities:

Elementgrv Junior High High


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 434 187 133
Present capacity 450 200 200


Number of schools 1 1 0*
Present enrollment 100 20 -
Present capacity 100 25

*Negro high school students are transported to Bartow.

Vocational training for white students: Agriculture, home economics and
commercial subjects. An adult education program is also available.

Vocational training for Negro students: No vocational training is avail-
able but an adult education program is available.

Other schools: Seventh Day Adventists operate a school for 25 students.

Libraries: Fort Meade Public Library.

9. Health Facilities:

City health department: None.

County health department: County operates a health unit at Bartowr

Hospitals: There are no hospitals in Fort IHeade. Bartow lIunicipal
Hospital, a 22-bed municipally-owned general hospital, and Polk County
Hospital, a 68-bed county-owned general hospital, also in Bartow, serve
this section.

10.. Recreational Facilities:

Public parks: None.

Athletic fields: City Ball Park.

Other: Three tennis courts, one swimming pool, and picnic grounds on
the river.

11. Police Protection:

City: Force consists of two policemen. City has one patrol car, with-
out radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are main-
tained at night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal

County: City patrolmen are also deputy sheriffs. Sheriff's office in
Bartow also provides protection.

12. Fire Protection:

City: Force consists of 18 volunteer firemen. City has two engines and
two stations.

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

County: City fire department also provides protection outside city limits.




13. City Streets:

Mileage: Paved, 16 miles.

General: Brick and asphalt are the principal types of pavement used.
About 15% of the streets are curbed and about 15% have sidewalks. Approx-
imately 50% of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during
the next five years.

14. Banking Facilities:

First State Bank, total resources, $1,177,097.

15. Construction and Service Facilities:

Type and number: General contractors, 5; architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0;
automotive repair facilities, 5; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities:

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 3; department stores, 0; grocery
stores, 9; drug stores, 2.

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

Vacant stores: There are no vacant stores in the business district.

Deficiencies: Department stores, restaurants and sundries stores are

17. Wholesale Facilities:

General: Fort Meade is not a wholesale distribution center. A special
livestock market is operated. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing
and public warehousing facilities are not available.

18. Housing Conditions:

General: City officials estimate that 100 new residential units, 10 new
business units and a new hotel are needed.

19. Hotels and Restaurants:

Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 20.

Restaurants: Number, 2; seating capacity, 100.

20. Newspapers:

Weekly: Fort iMeade Leader, circulation, 2,000.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:

Commercial laundries: None.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2;

22. Civic Organizations:

Name and name of president: Lion, D. B. Renfro; .oman's Club, Miss Mattie
Pearl Spier,

23. Church:

Denomination and number: White---Methodist, 1; Baptist, 1; Church of God,
1; Seventh Day Advent, 1; Penticostal, 1; Apolostic Oenter, 1; Episcopal,
1; Presbyterian, 1. Negro---Baptist, 2; Lutheran, 1; Methodist, 1,

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