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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Volume ID: VID00168
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Manatee County : \I

Table of Contents


Part A---Natural Resources

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

Part B7--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. Available Data 4
2. Transportation Facilities 4
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 5
7. Communications Facilities 5
8. Educational Facilities 5
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 6
11. Police Protection 6
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 7
21. Radio Stations 7
22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 7
23. Civic Organizations 7

Prepared By:

311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida

-assisted by-

July/48 Miami 30, Florida



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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography

Location: Palmetto is on the West Coast of Florida, 41 miles south of Tampa
and adjacent to the northern boundary of Bradenton.

Chief topographical features: Flat, with river and bayous. Elevation,
15 feet.

2. Climate

(From observations of the U. S. Weather Bureau at Bradenton, Florida.)

Annual January April Jly October

Normal temperature 71.8 61.5 70.5 80.8 74.3
Normal rainfall 54.60 2.63 2.31 9.73 3.39

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, January 20;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 22; average length of
growing season, 336 days.

3, Local Raw Materials

Timber: Second growth of long-leaf pine and slash pine are available 10 to
40 miles from town and small quantities of virgin pine are available 30 miles
from town. No sawmills of any size are operated in this section.

Minerals: Sand is taken from the Manatee River. One or two travertine rock
and dolemite plants not in operation and one fuller's earth plant will be in
operation soon, employing approximately 50 persons. Low-grade phosphate and
potter's clay are available in quantities.

Agricultural products: Citrus fruits and winter vegetables are the principal
crops. Approximately 750,000 boxes of citrus, 2,500-3,000 cars of vegetables
and large quantities of gladioli are shipped annually.

Other: Salt (over 6,000,000 pounds caught and distributed
annually) and beef cattle.

Part B--General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1948 1945 1940 193- 1930

County total 28,300* 26,803 26,098 23,061 22,502
City total --- 3,563 3,491 3,092 3,043
Negroes in county --- 6,778 6,885 6,382 6,820
Negroes in city --- 1,760 --- 1,271 -

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white, Negro.

2, Labor

Unions: Construction workers are organized.

Female employment: 10% of the total employment is female.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 650-700; unskilled Negro
male, 550-600; unskilled white female, 500; unskilled Negro female, 400-500;
skilled white male, $1.37* $1,75; skilled Negro male, 750-85~ No skilled
females are employed.
General: Skilled and unskilled labor supply seems adequate.



3. Retail Market

General: Palmetto is a trading center for Manatee County and parts of
DeSoto, Hardee and Sarasota counties.

1947 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,056.*
1947 Estimated total retail sales in county, $20,259,000.*
1947 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $6,521,000.*
1947 Estimated general merchandise store sales in county, $2,536,000.*
1947 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $886,000.*

*Copyright 1948, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: Palmetto and Bradenton comprise one labor market area. The area
has 40 manufacturing plants employing a total of 1,800 persons.

Principal manufacturing plants: Diamond Battery Company, batteries; Domino
Canning Association, citrus juice; Florida Grapefruit Canning Company, citrus
juice; Miller Trailers, trailers; Coca Cola Bottling Works, carbonated
beverages; Burnett's Dairy Farms, dairy products; Manatee Ice and Cold
Storage, ice manufacturing; Nocatee-Manatee Crate Company, woodenbboxes;
Floridin Company, fuller's earth and dusting compound.

5. General Remarks on Economy

Palmetto is the center of a very rich agricultural section, shipping
thousands of cars of citrus fruit and winter vegetables. The processing is
a big industry and along with a large tourist trade produces most of the
income in this section.

Part C--Government

1. Administration

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, W, W. Tresca; City Attorney, Bill Grimes.

Special departments: City has an active building inspector, electrical
inspector, plumbing inspector, zoning board and street department.

Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 16 mills; debt service, 15 mills.

Average city tax rate fbr last five years: Operations, 15.2 mills; debt
service, 14.9 mills.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $2,212,421.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $15-$25.

City utility tax: 10% on first $40.

Other major city taxes: None.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 36-1/8 mills; debt service, 10 mills.

Bonded debt: City, $1,250,000; county, $130,000.

Other long-term obligations: City, $20,000; county, 0.



Part D--Communitv Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City street, trunk water main, trunk sewer and zoning maps are avail-
able at the city offices and power distribution system maps are available at
the Florida Power and Light Company office.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Palmetto is served by a main line of the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad and a branch line of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Both railroads
have daily passenger and freight service. Free pick-up and delivery service
is available for less than carload freight.

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

Highway: U. S. Highways 41 and 541 pass through Palmetto.

City bus service: Three buses are used for local bus service.

Intercity bus service: Tamiami Trail Tours operates 24 buses daily through

Intercity trucking facilities: Fogarty Brothers Transfer Company and
Tamiami Truck Lines provide interstate service. Tampa, St. Petersburg,
Miami and Jacksonville are the principal cities that may be reached by an
overnight truck haul.

Air: Sarasota-Bradenton Airport is nine miles from town. It is jointly
owned by Bradenton, Sarasota, Manatee County and Sarasota County. The field
has 20,000 square feet of hangar space and three 5,000-foot runways. The
field is open to private planes. Charter cross-country flights are avail-
able. Cargo Shipments provides non-scheduled transportation. National
Airlines has four scheduled passenger flights daily. However, two flights
were temporarily suspended at the time of this survey.

3. Power

General: Palmetto is served by the interconnected system of Florida Power
and Light Company. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's
office in Bradenton.

4. Fuel

Coal: Delivered cost per ton is $16-$17 for domestic lump. Very little
industrial stoker is used.

Gas: Artificial gas, iated at 525 B.t.u. per cubic foot, is distributed by
Southern Gas and Electric Corporation. Copies of rate schedules can be
obtained at the company's office in Bradenton.

Bottled Gas: Southern Gas and Electric Company and Green's Fuel distribute
propane and butane. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the
companies' offices in Bradenton.

Other: Number 1 and Number 2 fuel oils are available from local distribu-
tors. Delivered cost per gallon was 14.70 for Number 1 and 14.20 for
Number 2 on June 1, 1948.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Septic tanks are used
for sanitary sewage disposal.

Industrial waste disposal: Local industries empty waste into city sewerage
system. City has no ordinances on industrial waste disposal.



5. Sewage and Waste Disposal (Cont.)

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

6. Water Supply

Operator: City.
SSource: Deep wells. Present source is considered adequate for expansion,

Treatment: Aeration and chlorination.

Consumption: 1,500,000 gallons per day.

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

Chemical analysis: A chemical analysis is not available.

Rate: Rate schedules can be obtained at the City Hall.

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Peninsular Telephone Company operates a dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on
week-days and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities

Elementary Junior High g


Number of schools 1 1 0*
Present enrollment 329 197
Present capacity 500 300


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 468 106 62
Present capacity 500 150 100

*Palmetto high school students attend school in Bradenton.

Vocational training for rhite students: Agriculture, shop and home

Vocational training for Negro students: Agriculture, shop and home

Libraries: City of Palmetto Library.

9. Health Facilities

PCity health department: None.

*County health department: Staff of one doctor and three nurses. Operates
communicable and contagious disease clinics at Court House.

Hospitals: Bradenton General Hospital, a 30-bed, privately-owned general
hospital; Riverside Hospital, a 20-bed, privately-owned general hospital,
and Manatee County Hospital, an 80-bed county-owned general hospital, serve
this area.



10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Palmetto City Bark has tennis courts and ball courts,

Athletic fields: The city and the Business Men's Association each own a
football field.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of four men. City has one police car, with radio
equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at
night. City jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: Police protection outside the city is provided by the Sheriff's
office. County jail is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 15 volunteer firemen. City has two engines and
one station.

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

County: Fire protection is provided outside the city by special

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 50 miles; paved, 20 miles; gravelled, 30 miles.

General: Asphalt is the principal type of pavement used. About 40% of
the streets are curbed and about 30% have sidewalks. None of the streets
should need extensive repair or rebuilding within the next five years.

14. Banking Facilities

General: Bank of Palmetto, total resources, $826,000.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 11; architects, 1; land surveyors,
2; general machine shops, 6; machine repair facilities, 6; foundries, none
that do general work; automotive repair facilities, 8; consulting engin-
eers, 1.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 4; department stores, 1; grocery
stores, 10; drug stores, 2.

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

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Palmetto is not considered a wholesale distribution center for
the area. City operates special markets for the sale of livestock and
vegetables. Commercial cold storage, commercial freezing and public
warehousing facilities are available but are not adequate for present needs.

18. Housing Conditions

General: Housing situation is acute. A large number of houses will be
finished soon, which will relieve this situation.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 200.

Restaurants: Number, 3.


20. Newspapers

Weekly: Palmetto News, circulation, 1,100.

21. Radio Stations

General: Station WDHL, Bradenton, operates on 1490 kilocycles, with power
of 250 watts.

22. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 2.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 6.

23. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Palmetto Merchant's Association,
Roger Murray; Rotary, J. D. Howze.


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