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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Palm Beach County

Table of Contents

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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 2
4. General Remarks on Economy 3

Part C---Government

1. Administration 3
2, Finances 3

Part D---Community Facilities 3

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 5
8. Educational Facilities 5
9. Health Facilities 5
10, Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12. Fire Protection 6
13. City Streets 6
14, Banking Facilities 6
15. Construction and Service Facilities 6
16. Retail Facilities 6
17. Wholesale Facilities 6
18. Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21. Radio Stations 6
22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 7
23. Civic Organizations 7
24. Churches 7

Prepared By:

Palm Beach, Florida


Tallahassee, Florida

(NOTE: No industries are permitted in Palm Beach. This survey is
published as general information only.)



Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geoaraphy

Location: Palm Beach is on the Lower East Coast of Florida, 65 miles north of
Miami, and connected with West Palm Beach by causeway across Lake Worth.

Chief topographical features: Flat. Intra-Coastal waterway on west side of
town and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Elevation ranges from sea level to
32 feet.

2. Climate

(From U. S. TWeather Bureau observations at Hypoluxo, Florida.)

Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 74.7 67.2 73.1 81.3 77.7
Normal rainfall 59.44 3.02 3.74 5.13 9.58

Growing season: During a 36-year period, the U. S. Heather Bureau recorded
killing frosts in the spring in only seven years and in the fall in only eight

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: No timber is available in this section.

Minerals: Peat is produced six to 24 miles from town.

Minerals produced in past: Peat was formerly produced six to 24 miles from
town. Supply is not exhausted.

Agricultural products: No agricultural products produced in immediate area,
except small farms of mixed vegetables and 500 acres of citrus 16 miles west.

Other: 1,000 dairy animals, extensive poultry plants and three large and four
small nurseries within a few miles of Palm Beach.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1949* 1945 1940 1935 1930

County total 115,000 112,311 79,989 53,194 51,781
City total 6,148 3,596 3,747 1,386 1,707
Negroes in county 47,000 45,467 28,380 17,550 16,760
Negroes in city 50 58 -- 111 --

Predominant nationality: Native-born white.

*Estimate by Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.

2. Labor

Unions: All building trades are represented by A. F. of L.

General: Until recently labor could not afford to live in Palm Beach. However,
Palm Beach does not supply any labor to the labor market. Labor is imported
every season.

3. Retail Market

General: Palm Beach serves as the retail market for immediate vicinity. For
many luxury items it is the retail center for the county.




3. Retail Market (Cont.)

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,433.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $143 764,000,.
1948 Estimated total food store sales in county, $32,247,000.*
1948 Estimated total general merchandise store sales in county, $10,289,000.*
1948 Estimated total drug store sales in county, $4,817,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduction
not licensed.

4. General Remarks on Economy

Palm Beach is a resort town and world famous as the winter playground for
society. Permanent residence is maintained by many of the country's wealthiest
families. Palm Beach is restricted as to certain businesses and permits no
industries in the town.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Council-Managor.

Officials: Mayor, James M. Owens, Jr.; City Manager, Trevotte L. Lockwood;
City Attorney, E. Harris Drew.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical inspec-
tor, plumbing inspector, city engineer, zoning board, street department and
public works department. The city also has a planning board.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations and debt service combined, 11.57 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations and debt service combined,
11.35 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $62,705,115 ($33,107.08 in
homestead exemptions).

City utility tax: 10% on first $25; 5% on next $50 and 1% on balance.

Other major city taxes: None.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15.2 mills; debt
service, 6.01 mills.

Special tax districts over property in city: 11.45 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $727,000; county, 0.

Other long-term obligations: None,

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City streets, trunk water mains, trunk sewers, power distribution system,
zoning and tax district maps are available. Most maps are available for refer-
once only.



2. Transportation Facilities

Railroads: No railroad serves Palm Beach. The city is served from West Palm
Beach by a Florida East Coast Railway main line with 12 to 20 passenger and
five freight trains daily and a Seaboard Air Line main line with eight to 12
passenger and six freight trains 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: Florida Highway A-l-A passes through Palm Beach.

Local bus service: West Palm Beach Lines serves Palm Beach.

Intercity bus service: West Palm Beach Lines has ten buses on fifteen minute
schedules. Greyhound Lines also serves the area.

Intercity trucking facilities: (Offices and freight depot at West Palm Beach)

Company Area Served

Great Southern Trucking Company Florida, Georgia, South Carolina,
North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee
Central Truck Lines, Inc. Florida and south of Atlanta
T .Llini Trail Tours Freight Lines Florida

Air: Palm Beach International Airport serves the city and the surrounding area.
The field is five miles from Palm Beach. The field has 32,724 feet of hangar
space and 24,696 feet of shelter space. The field has one 4,000 foot runway and
three 6,500 foot runways. The field is not open to private planes, but it is
'used by commercial air lines, Scheduled commercial air transportation is pro-
vided by Eastern Air Lines and National Air Lines. Air freight service is also

3. Power

Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the generating and distribut-
ing facilities. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's

4. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Artificial gas, rated at 502 B.t.u. per cubic foot, is distributed by
Florida Public Utilities Company. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained from
the company's office in West Palm Beach.

Bottled gas: Southeastern Natural Gas Corporation distributes Philgas, rated
at 2,550 B.t.u. per cubic foot. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the
company's office in West Palm Beach.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers cover approximately 60% of the city.

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily.

6. Water Supply

Source: Lake, Supplied by West Palm Beach water plant. Present source is
adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorinated and aerated.

Consumption: 2,000,000 gallons.




6. Water Supply (Cont.)

Pumping capacity: 5,000,000 gallons per day.

Rate: Copies of rate schedule can be obtained from city office.

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, Inc.,
operates a dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on week
days and 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High High


Number of schools 2 1 0

Negro: All Negro students attend school in West Palm Beach.

Vocational training for white students: At West Palm Beach.

Vocational training for Negro students: At West Palm Beach.

Other schools: Graham Eckes and Palm Beach Private.

Libraries: The Society of Four Arts, 1,000 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: Staff of one doctor and one sanitary inspector.

County health department: Staff of two doctors, one veterinarian, one
sanitarian and a corps of county and school nurses. Operates a tuberculosis
clinic in West Palm Beach.

Hospitals: No hospitals are located in Palm Beach. Good Samaritan Hospital,
135 beds, Saint Mary's Hospital, 100 beds, and Pine Ridge Hospital (Negro), 50
beds, in West Palm Beach serve the area.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Seaview Avenue Playground has four tennis courts, softball and
volleyball courts, recreation house and children's playground equipment.

Athletic fields: None.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of 36 policemen, with an additional 10 during the winter
season. City has 10 cars, equipped with radio. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regu-
lar beats are maintained at night. City jail is approved for quartering
Federal prisoners.

County: Sheriff's office provides police protection outside the city limits.
County jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.



12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 27 full-time and 1 volunteer firemen. City has three
engines and one 75 foot acril truck and two stations.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 5.

County: Fire protection is not guaranteed outside the city limits.

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 45 miles; paved, 45 miles.

General: Limcrock surfaced treated is the principal type of surfacing. 100%
of the streets have curbs or headers. 100% of the streets in the congested
area have sidewalks. About 35% of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively
repaired during the next five years.

14. Banking Facilities

General: First National Bank of Palm Beach, total resources, $40,000,000.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 10; architects, 9; automotive repair
facilities, 3; consulting engineers, 0. Land surveyors, general machine shops
and machine repair facilities are available in West Palm Beach.

16. Retail Facilities

Typo and number: Dry goods stores, 0; grocery stores, 10; drug stores, 8,
Branch stores of New York department stores are open during the season only.

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

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

Deficiencies: Chain grocery store.

17. 1holosale Facilities

General: Palm Beach is not a wholesale distribution center. Commercial cold
storage, commercial freezing and public warehousing facilities are available in
West Palm Beach.

18. Housing Conditions

General: There is a demand for additional dwellings.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 25; rooms, 2,958.

Restaurants: Number, 35; seating capacity, 3,100,

20. Newspapers

Name Type Circulation

Palm Beach Daily News Daily (Season only) 3,000
Palm Beach Life Semi-monthly (Season only) 3,600
Palm Beach Sun Weekly 2,000

21. Radio Stations

Station WTPG operates on 250 watts. This station also has FM facilities.



22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: None. Service is available in West Palm Beach.

Commercial dry cleaners: None. Service is available in West Palm Beach.

23. Civic Organizations

Name and name of president: Palm Beach Civic Association, Alford G. Kay;
Woman's Club, Mrs. L. A. Dawes; Garden Club, Mrs. F. L. V. Hoppin; Chamber of
Commerce, R. L. Ray (Manager).

24. Churches

Denomination: Episcopal, Roman Catholic and Non-Denominational.




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