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.
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Okaloosa County '

Table of Contents


0 Part A---Natural Resources

l. 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

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities 3
2. Power 4
3. Fuel 4
4. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
S5. Water Supply 4
6. Communications Facilities 4
7. Educational Facilities
8. Health Facilities 4
9. Recreational Facilities 5
10. Police Protection 5
11. Fire Protection 5
12. City Streets 5
13. Banking Facilities 5
14. Construction and Service Facilities 5
15. Retail Facilities 5
16. Wholesale Facilities 5
17. Housing Conditions 5
18. Hotels and Restaurants 6
19. Newspapers 6
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
21. Civic Organizations 6
22. Churches 6
Prepared By:

Fort Walton, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Nov,/48 Tallahassee, Florida


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Fort Walton is in West Florida, 39 miles east of Pensacola and 47
miles northwest of Panama City.

Chief topographical features: Flat. Bordered on south by Santa Rosa Sound and
the Gulf of Mexico.

I 2. Climate

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

Normal temperature 67.2 53.8 65.5 80.5 69.2
Normal rainfall 58.85 3.78 3.37 8.05 3.74

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, March 13; usual
date of first killing frost in fall, November 21; average length of growing
season, 253 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Cypress, juniper, pine and hardwoods are available in Okaloosa County.
Kelly Lumber Mill is the principal producer in Fort Walton.

Minerals: Sand and clays are produced in Okaloosa County, within 20 miles of
town. Hardpan, for producing sap brown die, was formerly produced 20 miles
from town. Supply is not believed to be exhausted.

Agricultural products: Corn, peanuts, cane, potatoes, blueberries, tung oil,
forage, pecans, melons, fruits, and vegetables,

Other: Poultry, livestock, a wide variety of fish, and oysters.
Part B---General Economy

1. Population
Est. 1948* 1945 1940 135 _193Q

County total 17,100 16,155 12,900 10,717 8,881
City total 2,500 1,080 --
Negroes in county --- 1,270 1,144 936 1,016
Negroes in city --- 83 -- -- -

*County estimate copyright by SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. City
estimate made by Chamber of Commerce.

Predominant nationality: Native-born white.

2. Labor

Unions: Electrical workers employed by Gulf Power Company and Marshall and
Stacey Electrical Contractors are represented by the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers.

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

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 75Q; unskilled female, 500; skilled
male, $1.50; skilled female, $1. There is no differential in the wages of white
and Negro workers of equal skill.

General: Bricklayers, carpenters, painters and electricians are available.
Common laborers are scarce.


3. Retail Market

General: Fort Walton is the retail trade center for parts of Okaloosa, Santa
Rosa and Walton counties,

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,404.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $4,950,000.*
1947 Estimated total food store sales in county, $1,409,000.*
1947 Estimated total retail general merchandise store sales in county,
1947 Estimated total retail drug store sales in county, $168,000.*

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

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: The principal manufacturing plants are the Fort Walton Ice and Sea-
food Company and Kelly Lumber Company.

Part C---Government
1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, W. B. Harbeson; City Attorney, William Fisher.

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

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 12 mills; debt service, 0. This is the
first year the city has levied taxes.

City utility tax: 6%.

Other major city taxes; Amusement, 5%; occupational licenses, minimum $25.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 21 mills; debt service, 5 mills.

Donded debt: City, $160,000.

Other long-term obligations: None.

Part D---Community Facilities

1, TransDortation Facilities

Railroad: No railroad serves Fort Walton. The nearest railroad is the Louis-
ville and Nashville main line at Crestview.

Express: Express is taken to Crestview, Direct air express is not available.

Highway: U. S. Highway 98 and Florida Highway 85 pass through Fort Walton,

* Local bus service: Three taxi companies provide local bus transportation.

Intercity bus service: Modern Coaches and Coastal Stages provide intercity
S bus service.

Intercity trucking facilities: M.R. and R. Trucking Company provides trucking
service throughout west Florida. Mobile, Pensacola and Birmingham are the prin-
cipal cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.



1. Transportation Facilities (Cont.)

Air: The Municipal Airport at Crestview is 32 miles from Fort Walton. The
field is open to private planes. Scheduled commercial air transportation is
not available.

2. Power

General: Gulf Power Company owns and operates the generating and distribution
systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's office.

3. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.

Bottled gas: Bottled gas is distributed by Fort Walton Gas Company and Fowler
Butane Gas Company,

Other: Wood is available for fuel. Kerosene, distributed by service stations,
is also available for fuel.

4. Sewage and Waste Disposal

General: The city sewerage system was built in 1944. Treatment plant consists
of screens, settling tanks, chlorine contact tanks and sludge beds,

Garbage: Garbage is collected three times weekly.

5. Water Supply

Operator: City.

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

Treatment: Aeration and chlorination.

Consumption: 400,000 gallons per day.

Pumping capacity: 720,000 gallons per day.

6, Commnnications Facilities

Telephone service: Southeastern Telephone Company operates a dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

7. Educational Facilities

Schools: Grades 1 through 12 are combined in one school.

White Negro

Number of schools 1 1
Present enrollment 403 75
Present capacity 400 100

Vocational training for white students: None.

Vocational training for Negro students: None.

Libraries: None.

8. Health Facilities

City health facilities: Fort Walton has two doctors and eight nurses.
Hospitals: Fort Walton Hospital has 10 beds.



9. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Project is under construction.

Athletic fields: Football and baseball field at school.

Other: Shalimar Park is privately operated. Picnicking, softball, bathing
and outdoor cooking facilities are available.

S 10. Police Protection

City: Force consists of two policemen. City has one police car, without
radio equipment. One patrolman is uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at

County: Police protection outside the city limits is provided by the Constable
and the Sheriff.

11. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of seven volunteer firemen. City has one engine and one

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 4; NBFU, Class 10.

County: Fire protection outside the city limits is available.

12. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 9 miles; gravelled, 7 miles; clay surface, 2 miles.

General: About six miles of streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired
during the next five years.

. 13. Banking Facilities

General: Bank of Fort Walton opened for business in November 1948.

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 4; architects, 2; land surveyors, 2;
general machine shops, 0; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; automotive
repair facilities, 6; consulting engineers, 0,

15. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 1; department stores, 5; grocery stores,
10; drug stores, 2; electrical stores, 3; furniture stores, 2; home equipment
stores, 1.

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

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

16. Wholesale Facilities

SGeneral: Fort Walton is the wholesale distribution center for seafood and ice,
No markets are operated for the wholesale distribution of agricultural products,
SnCommercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public warehousing facilities
are not available.

17. Housing Conditions

General: Housing accommodations are inadequate, but some housing projects are
now under construction.




18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 6; rooms, 125.

Restaurants: Number, 9; seating capacity, 1,500.

19. Newspapers
General: Playground News is published in Fort Walton weekly. The Pensacola
Journal and the Mobile Register are delivered daily.

20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 6.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 3.

21. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Business Men's Club, James Miller; Kivanis
Hiliary Stewart; Parent-Teacher Association, Robert Swain; Woman's Club, Mrsa
Clyde Meigs.

22. Churches

Denominations: Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist,
Nazarene and Presbyterian.



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