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

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

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

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

Prepared By:

Fort Myors, Florida

Miami 30, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida




Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Fort Myers is on the lower West Coast of Florida, 71 miles south
of Sarasota and 145 miles northwest of Miami, across the Tamiami Trail. It
is on the lower end of Caloosahatchee River and near the Gulf of Mexico.

Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 3 to 20 feet.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Fort Myers.)
Annual January Aril July October

Normal temperature 73.4 63.8 72.6 81.2 75.9
Normal rainfall 52.39 1.76 1.89 8.16 4.48

Growing season: During a 40-year period, the U. S. Weather Bureau recorded
only 5 killing frosts in spring and 7 in the fall.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Slash pine and cypress are plentiful.

Minerals: Limestone is produced in commercial quantities for use in road

Agricultural products: Citrus, vegetables, cattle, tropical fruits, poultry,
and hogs are the chief agricultural products.

Other: Fish and gladioli are produced commercially.
Part B---General Economy

1. Population
Est. 1949* 19 1940 1935 193

County total 28,000 23,593 17,488 16,351 14,900
City total 19,000 15,198 10,604 10,312 9,082
Negroes in county 4,990 4,804 3,953 3,411 3,543
Negroes in city --- 3,931 ---- 2,471 ---

Predominant nationality: Native-born white.

*Estimate by Lee County Chamber of Commerce, Fort Myers.

2. Labor

Unions: Carpenters Union represents the carpenters and the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents the employees of the Florida
Power and Light Company and the employees of the Inter-County Telephone and
Telegraph Company.

Female employment: Approximately 30% of the total employment is female. No
women are employed in manufacturing industries.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 600-700; unskilled female, 350-600;
skilled male, $1.50; skilled female, $25-$35 per week. There is no differential
in the wages of white and negro workers of equal skill.



3. Retail Market

General: Fort Myers serves as the retail trade center for Lee, Collier, Charlott
Glades and DeSoto counties.

1948 Effective Buying income per family in city, $3,225; in county, $2,949.*
1 1948 Estimated retail food store sales in city, $2,841,000; in county, $3,953,000,
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in city, **; in county,
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in city, **; in county, $570,000.

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

**Withheld to avoid disclosure.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Total number of manufacturing establishments 2.

Principal manufacturing industries: Shell Factory and cigar factory.

5. General Remarks on Economy

Tourists, gladioli, commercial fishing and general agriculture are the principal
industries. There is some canning of citrus and small scale production of
fertilizer and honey. Possible location for port of entry. Stable year-round
payrolls will aid growth and development.
Part C---Government

1. Administration

SType: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, Ernest D. Goodyear.

Special departments: The city has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, planning board, zoning board, park board, and
street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 11.6 mills; debt service, 6.4 mills.

Average city tax rate for last 5 years: Operations, 13 mills; debt service,
12 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $23,482,160.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $2.00 per $1,000 of value of manu-
factured product.

SCity utility tax: 10% with maximum tax of $2.50 per month on any one utility.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 45.2 mills, District 1; debt service, 3.2
mills, District 1.




2. Finances (Cont.)

Bonded debt: City, $2,672,000; County, $825,171.78.

Other long-term obligations: City, $663,000; County, 0.

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities

Railroads: Fort Myers is served by a branch line of the Atlantic Coast Line
with 2 passenger and 2 freight trains daily and a main line of the Seaboard
Air Line Railroad with one freight train daily. Pick-up and delivery for less
than carload freight is available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail and air express. Free
pick-up and delivery for express is available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 41 and Florida Highways 80 and 867 pass through Fort

Local bus service: 5 buses are used for local bus transportation.

Intercity bus service: Trailways has 27 buses daily through Fort Myers.

*Fort Myers-Immokalee Road under construction at time of survey.

Intercity trucking facilities: Mercury Delivery (2 trucks) and City Transfer
Company (*) (4 trucks) provide trucking facilities throughout the county.
Tampa, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Tallahassee are the
principal cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Page Field, county owned, is 4 miles out of town. The field has 12,250
square feet of hangar space and three 5,000 foot runways. The field is open to
private planes. Charter cross-country flights are available. Scheduled com-
mercial air transportation is provided by National Airlines, which has four
planes daily, two northbound and two southbound.

*Authorized to serve the state of Florida.

2. Power

Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the distributing and generating
systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's office.

3. Fueol

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Artificial gas, rated at 540 B. t. u. per cubic foot is distributed by the
city. Copies of rate schedules are available on request.

Bottled gas: Propane and butane are distributed by Moody Bros. and Southeastern.
Delivered cost is 70 per pound for domestic customers and 5-1i per pound for com-
mercial customers.

Other: All grades of fuel are available from local distributors.

4. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: City has a new storm and sanitary sewerage system, and is planning a new
disposal plant. System is financed by assessment and service charge.




4. Sewage and Waste Disposal (Cont.)

Industrial waste disposal: Industrial waste is used in feeding cattle and hogs
and in making fertilizer.

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

5. Water Supply

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

Treatment: Softened, filtered, and chlorinated.

Consumption: 1,200,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 2,500,000 gallons per day.

Chemical analysis: Chemical analysis of raw water available upon request.

6. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Inter-County Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
manual exchange serving 3,439 company-owned stations and 80 (*) toll circuits.
A dial system is proposed.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 7:30 a.m. to midnight
week-days and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

*Number includes 9 switch points.

7. Educational Facilities


Junior High High

Number of schools in city
Present enrollment
Present capacity

Number of schools outside
Present enrollment
*Present capacity


city 5






Number of schools in city 1 1 1
Present enrollment 552 146 112
Present capacity 1070 250 200

Number of schools outside city 2 1
Present enrollment 27 7
**Present capacity -- --

Vocational training for white students: Electric power, airplane mechanics,
machinery, metal work, home economics, commercial, and wood work.

Vocational training for Negro students: Industrial arts and wood work.

Other schools: St. Francis Elementary School.




7. Educational Facilities (Cont.)

Proposed Schools: Ft. Myers Junior-Senior High School capacity 1200.
Joint Marine Biological Experimental Station, for the University of Florida
and the Florida State University at The James Foundation, Ft. Myers Beach.

Libraries: Fort Myors Public Library.

*Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel elementary schools only, grades 1-6, capacity
215; Bonita Springs, combined elementary and junior high schools; Boca Grande
and Alva, combined elementary junior and senior high schools. Total capacity
of these three schools, 1050.

**Sanibel elementary only, capacity 35; South Boca Grande, combined elementary
and junior high, capacity 35.

8. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one doctor. No clinic.

County health department: Staff of one doctor. No clinic.

Hospitals: Lee Memorial Hospital. General hospital with 50 beds. Owned by
the Lee Memorial Hospital, Inc., non-profit organization. Jones-Walker Hospital
(Negro), general hospital with 12 beds. Owned by the Lee Memorial Hospital, Inc.
non-profit organization.

9. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Yacht Basin Park has tennis, shuffleboard and ball diamond.
Evans Park has tennis courts, shuffleboard courts and swimming pool.

Athletic fields: Terry Park and Yacht Basin Diamond have playground equipment.
Edison Stadium, Cleveland Avenue, scene of football and other sporting events.
Capacity 2100.

Other: Tennis courts, Civic Center Auditorium, free picnic grounds and pool.
New Youth Center, Evans Park.

10. Police Protection

City: Force consists of chief, one lieutenant, two sergeants and 12 patrolmen.
City has two police cars, with 2-way radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed.
Regular beats arc maintained at night. City jail is not approved for quartering
Federal prisoners.

County: Sheriff's office provides police protection outside the city limits.
County jail (*) is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

*Now county jail to be erected at Broadway and Second Streets.

11. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 11 full-time firemen and 20 "call" firemen. City has
3 large engines, 4 small engines and 2 stations. Maintains a First Aid
Emergency Car (LnSalle). Game Well fire alarm system.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 6.

County: Fire protection is furnished by the city by arrangement with the



12. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 121.2 miles; paved, 65.06 miles; shelled, 33.7 miles; balance
unimproved, total of 22.44 miles.

General: Asphalt surface is the principal type of pavement. About 30% of the
streets are curbed and about 50% have sidewalks. Approximately 40% of the
streets should be rebuilt or extensively repair during the next five years.

13. Banking Facilities
Total Resources

Lee County Bank $ 7,339,211.32
First National Bank 6,874,637.93
First Federal Savings & Loan Association 1,218,661.93

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Typo and number: General contractors, 5; electrical contractors, 7; architects,
2; land surveyors, 1; general machine shops, 3; machine repair facilities, 2;
foundries, 0; automotive repair facilities, 12; consulting engineers, 1; sewage
and street contractor, 1; land-clearing contractor, 1.

15. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 6; grocery stores, 31;
drug stores, 12.

Parking: City has 245 parking meters and 3 parking lots.

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the time
of this survey, but First Street locations are available for those who may desire
to build.

16. Wholesale Facilities

General: Fort Myers is considered a wholesale distribution center for the area.
Special markets are operated for the sale of vegetables, fruit and gladioli.
Commercial cold storage facilities and public warehousing facilities are available
and adequate.

17. Housing Conditions

General: Some construction is under way, but generally there is a shortage of
houses and apartments for rent, and tourist court accommodations.

18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 11; rooms, 520.

Restaurants: Number, 40; seating capacity, 1,500.

19. Newspapers

Name Type Circulation

Fort Hyers News Press Daily 7,500
Florida Republican Weekly

20. Radio Stations

Station WINK operates on 250 watts.




21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 7.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 6.

22. Civic Organizations:


Community Club
Junior Chamber of Commerce


Herman Gluckman
James Kelly
Warren B. Wiltshire
Harold Case, Jr.
Mrs. George Mann
Ernest Mitts
Park Pigott

23. Churches


Christian Science
Church of Christ
Church of God

Missionary Alliance
Seventh Day Adventist


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