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
Publisher: s.n.
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.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00080
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Part A---General Information

1. Location -

SFort Myers is on the West Coast of Florida, 145 miles northwest of Miami and
126 miles southeast of Tampa. It is on Caloosahatchee River and 13 miles
from the Gulf of Mexico. The elevation is three to 20 feet.

2. Transportation

Local bus service: Fort Iyers has four buses used for local service.

Highways: U. S. Highway 41 and Florida Highway 80 enter Fort Myers.

Rail: The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides rail service.

Intercity bus service: Tamiami Trail Tours and Glades Motor Lines provide
intercity bus service.

Air: Air service is provided by National Airlines.

Charter flight operators: Royal Palm Flying Service and Gulf Airways, Inc.,
are charter flight operators.

Passenger boat lines: None.

3. Population

1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census
I Total county 26,000 23,593 17,488

Total city 17,500 15,198 10,604

4. Climate

(Based on U.S. Weather Bureau records for a 55-year period.)

Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall

January 63.8 1.76 July 81.2 8.16
February 65.2 2.02 August 81.5 8.82
March 68.9 1.89 September 80.3 7.45
April 72.6 1.89 October 75.9 4.48
May 77.2 4.12 November 69.4 1.33
June 79.9 8.91 December 64.9 1.56
Annual 73.4 52.39

5. History

Fort Myers was built in 1850 on the site of Fort Harvie and was named in
honor of Colonel Abraham Charles Myers, then chief quartermaster in Florida.
Thomas A. Edison came to Fort Myers in 1886 in search of a suitable filament
Sfor the incandescent lamp. Thinking that the fiber of the bamboo plant
would be suitable, he established a home in Fort Lhyers and spent many months
in experimentation.. The bamboo6fiber was not used in the perfected lamp,
but Edison remained a regular winter visitor until his death in 1931 and
was one of the towns most ardent boosters.

6. Major Sources of Income

Tourist and winter gladioli are the main sources of income. Commercial
fishing is done to some extent the year round.



7. Newspapers

Name Type Circulation

Fort Myers News-Press Daily 7,000
Southwest Floridian Weekly 1,500

8. Radio Stations

Station WINK operates on a frequency of 1240 kilocycles, with power of 250
watts. It is a member of the CBS network.

9. Private Schools and Colleges

Private schools and colleges in Fort Ivyers are St. Francis Xavier Parochial
School and Edison Junior College (accredited). Miss Alicia Jeffcott, Fowler
Street, is a private tutor.

Part B---Recreation and Entertainment

1. Special Events

Edison Pageant in commemoration of Thomas A. Edison, second week in Feb-
Shell Fair, on Sanibel, usually second week in March.
Agricultural Fair,.February each year, no fixed date.
Edison Pageant Regatta, at close of Pageant of Light.
Shuffleboard Tournament, January, February and March.
Tampa to Fort IMyers Yacht Race, annually, November 15.
Boat Regatta, November 16.

2. Athletic Events

Amateur golf tournament in February.

3. Commercial Attractions

Thomas Alva Edison's home and gardens, Peace Jungle Gardens, Reptile
Gardens, and shell factory at nearby Bonita Springs. Sanibel Island is the
third best shelling beach in the world.

4. Tourist Clubs

Civic Center of Fort Myers; Shuffleboard Club, dues $5 per season; Fort
Myers Golf Club.

5. Recreational Clubs

Yacht Club, Thursday, 8 p.m. at American Legion Home.

6. Civic Organizations

Name 'Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting

Junior Chamber of Commerce Golf Club
Rotary Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. Lion's Den
Kiwanis Wednesday 12:15 p.m. Lion's Den
Lion's Wednesday 7 p.m. Lion's Den
Junior Business &. Professional
tomen's Club Lionts Den S
Exchange Club Thursday 12:15 p.m. Lion's Den
National Plant.& Flower Guild


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7. Fraternal Organizations


Masonic Blue Lodge
Royal Arch Masons
Eastern Star
American Legion
40 and 8
Spanish War Veterans
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Odd Fellows
Knights of Pythias
Knights Templar
De Molay
Royal Neighbors

Day & Time of Meeting

2nd & 4th Friday
2nd & 4th Tuesday
1st & 3rd Monday
1st & 3rd Wednesday
2nd & 4th Thursday
1st & 3rd Tuesday 8 p.m.
1st & 3rd Friday 8 p.m.
2nd Sunday every month
1st & 3rd Thursday
1st Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
1st & 3rd Monday 8 p.m.
Tuesday Night 8 p.m.
3rd Tuesday
2nd & 4th Monday
2nd & 4th Wednesday
1st & 3rd Thursday

Place of Meeting

Masonic Home
Masonic Home
Masonic Home
Elks Home
Odd Fellows Hall
Legion Home
Legion Home
Legion Home
Legion Home
Lion's Den
Odd Fellows Bldg.
Pigott Hall
Masonic Hall
Masonic Hall
Pigott Hall
Odd Fellows Hall

8. Organized Entertainment

Old Fashion Dpnce Club
Civic Center Card Parties
"Parties-for Visitors", in which all auxiliaries of city participate.
Little Theatre stages six shows a season
Audubon lectures and pictures sponsored by Conservation Club

9. Recreational Facilities

38 shuffleboard courts, 18-hole municipally-owned golf course and municipally-
owned outdoor swimming pool.

10. Hunting

Deer, squirrel, wildcat, skunk, flying squirrel, panther, oppossum, red and
gray fox, bear, bobcat and rabbit, turkey, quail, marsh hen, duck, geese,
coot and dove are found in this area. Hunting lodges are not available in
this vicinity. Hunting guides are Fred Baucom, 600 Edgewood Avenue.

11. Fishing

Salt "ater tarpon, trout, kingfish, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, mackerel,
drum, flounder, pompano, snook, jackfish, redfish, grouper, blue crabs,
stone crabs, and clams are caught in the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf
of Mexico. Fresh water black bass, speckled perch, jack, pike and bream are
caught in Orange River, Upper Caloosahatchee River and several creeks.
Peppers Fishing Camp, on Lake Trafford, is 30 miles from Fort Myers and 1-
miles from Immokalee. Fishing guides are: Captain Stan Lummis, Dehydration
Plant, Fort Myers Beach;.Captain E. S. Acuff, 112 Willard Street, Fort Myers;
Captain Charles Tierney, Route 1, Punta Rassa; J. T. Chapman, Fort Myers
Beach; Captain Walter'Bostick, Yacht Basin, Fort Myers; Captain Luke Gates,
1407 Johnson Street, Fort Myers.

12. Churches

Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, Christian, Christian
Science, Missionary Alliance, Seven Day Adventist, Church of God and Church
of Christ denominations have services in Fort Myers.


Part C---Accommodations

1. Hotels


Franklin Arms*
Leon Hotel
Royal Palm
St. Charles





$6 up
$5 up
$8 & $10
$5 & $6
$2.50 up
$8 up
$5 up
$8 up
$6 & $8


$4 up
$4 up
$5 & $6
$3 & $4
$2.50 :
$1.50 up
$6 up
$3 up.
$5 up
$3 & $5



*Coffee shop or dining room adjoining hotel.

2. Tourist Courts

Housekeeping cottages: Caloosa Trailer Park, north of Edison Bridge on U.S.
41; Edison Bridge Court, north of Edison Bridge on U.S. 41; Lakeside Court,
north of bridge on U.S. 41; Mary's Modern Cottages, north of bridge on U.S.
41; Rivers Edge Tourist Park, north of bridge 'on U.S. 41;Trayte's Cottages,
north of bridge on U.S. 41; Chagaris' Cottages, Cleveland Avenue; Cottage
Court, south on U.S. 41; Victory Court, Cleveland Avenue.

Non-housekeeping cottages: Jimmie's Cabins, East First Street, two blocks
beyond Billy's Creek; Casa del Haven, half mile south of city on U.S. 41.

3. Trailer Courts

Caloosa Trailer Park, north of Edison Bridge on U.S. 41; Rivers Edge Tourist
Park, north of Edison Bridge on U.S. 41; Tropical Trailer Park, south on
U.S. 41 on Linhart Avenue; Harry's Trailer Park, out East First, turn left
at E. Superior Street; Glen Cove Trailer Park, Fort Myers Beach.

4. Other Accomrodatidns

Information on guest homes can be obtained from the chamber of commerce.

5. Specialized Eating Places

River House, Route 1, Fort Myers, has a special dish every day; Golf and
Country Club, 4101 McGregor Boulevard, smorgasbord.

Further information on Fort Myers can be obtained from:

Post Office Box 1311.
Fort Myers, Florida


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