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?]
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Pinellas County

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. 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. 7Tholesale Facilities 7
18. Housing Conditions 7
19. Hotels and Restaurants 7
20. Newspapers 7
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 7
22. Civic Organizations 7
23. Churches 7

Prepared By:

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Sept./49 Tallahassee, Florida


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geograohv

Location: Tarpon Springs is on the VJest Coast of Florida, 30 miles north-
west of Tampa and 14 miles north of Clearwater. It is on the Gulf of Mexico.

Chief topographical features: Flat; Anclote River bounds city on north;
elevation, 18 feet above sea level.

2. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Tarpon Springs.)

Annual Januar Aprl Ju l October

Normal temperature 73.7 62.6 71.9 82.0 75.8
Normal rainfall 61.53 2.92 0.72 9.00 4.22

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, January 30;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 18; average length of
growing season, 322 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Long and short leaf yellow pine and cypress are available within
five miles of town. Huffman Sawmill, keystone Sawmill, Unzle Lumber Company
and Palm Harbor Sawmill are cutting timber.

Minerals: No mineral deposits are being worked in this section at present.
Glass sand was formerly produced eight miles from here. The supply is not
believed to be exhausted. Fernald Quarries formerly produced concrete
aggregate, riprap, road cover material, agricultural limestone, jetty stone
and rock suitable for manufacturing cement.

Agricultural products: Citrus fruits are the principal agricultural products.

Other: Salt water fish and sponges are important local resources.

Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est. 1949* 91945 IM 930

County total 145,000 130,268 91,852 64,638 62,149
City total 5,500 4,727 3,402 3,520 3,414
Negroes in county 16,200 16,106 16,137 12,970 10,974
Negroes in city 700 763 ---- 714 --

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Greek.

*Estimate by Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce

2. Labor

Unions: Employees of the Sponge Producers Exchange, Inc., are members of
a C. I. 0. union.

Female employment: About 10% of the total employment is female. About 15%
of the manufacturing employment is female.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, $1; unskilled Negro male,
75q; unskilled white female, 750; unskilled Negro female, 750; skilled white
male, $1.75-$2.50; skilled Negro male, $1.75; skilled white female, $1. In-
sufficient Negro females are employed in skilled jobs to establish a wage

General: Both skilled and unskilled labor is available.


3. Retail Market

General: Tarpon Springs is the retail trade center for New Port Richey,
Hudson, Elfers, Aripeka, Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Ozona and Odessa.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $3,738.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in county, $166,987,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $32,914,000.*
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $17,092,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $11,989,000.*

*Copyright 1949, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further repro-
duction not licensed.

4. Manufacturing Industries

General: There are 12 manufacturing industries, employing 250 persons, in
Tarpon Springs. Victor Chemical Works is now producing elemental phosphorus,
slag and ferro-phosphorus. It is the largest manufacturing industry in
Tarpon Springs.

5. General Remarks on Economy

The local economy is primarily dependent upon sponge fishing, commercial
fishing and citrus. The new chemical plant will stabilize the local economy.

Part C---Government

1. Administration

Type: Commission-Manager.

Officials: Mayor, Fred H. Howard; City Manager, Joseph R. McCreary; City
Attorney, Archie Clement.

Special departments: City has an active zoning board. The City Manager
serves as building, electrical and plumbing inspector and city engineer.

Zoning: The city has a zoning ordinance in effect.

2. Finances

Current city tax rate: Operations, 10 mills; debt service, 13 mills.

Average city tax for last five years: Operations, 12 mills; debt service,
11 mills.

City basis of assessment: 100% of actual value.

Total assessed value of real property in city: $5,017,870.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: $10 to $25.

City utility tax: 10%.

Other major city taxes: Tangible personal property tax.

Current county tax rate: Operations, 7.72 mills; debt service, .88 mills.

Average county tax rate for last five years; Operations, 12.302 mills; debt
service, .848 mills.

Special district taxes: The school district tax rate for property within the
city is five mills.

Bonded debt: City, $1,660,000; county, $7,100,000 (not including special
district bonds).



Part D---Community Facilities

1. Available Data

Maps: City street and zoning maps are available.

Reports: Reports on the physical development of the city are available for
reference at the Chamber of Commerce.

2. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Tarpon Springs is served by an Atlantic Coast Line main line
with three northbound and three southbound. passenger trains and one north-
bound and one southbound freight train daily. Pick-up and delivery service
is available for less than carload freight. The Seaboard Airline Railway
has a spur track to Victor Chemical Works.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Air
express service is available from Drew Field at Tampa. Free pick-up and
delivery is available for express.

Local bus service: Six jitney buses are used to provide local service.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines has one bus daily through Tarpon
Springs and Gulf Coast Motor Lines has four buses daily.

Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Line provides intercity truck-
ing service. Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Miami are among the
major cities that can be reached by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Tarpon Springs has one small airport for private planes. Drew Field,
25 miles away in Tampa, is the nearest commercial airport. The field is
open to private planes. Charter cross country flights are available.
Eastern Air Lines and National Air Lines provide scheduled commercial air

3. Power

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

4. Fuel

Coal: Very little coal is used in this section.

Gas: Neither artificial nor natural gas is available.

Bottled gas: Southeastern Natural Gas Corporation, Green's Fuel, Gulf
Electric Company and Henry W. Brown distribute bottled gas. Copies of rate
schedules can be obtained from the distributors.

Other: Kerosene is available from local distributors for about 15 a gallon.
Wood is available at approximately $7 a strand, for 12 inch pieces.

5. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. The sanitary sewers cover
about 75% of the town. Septic tanks are used for disposal. Plans are now
being considered for enlarging the system and installing a modern disposal

Industrial waste disposal: Local industries use private septic tanks for
waste disposal.

Garbage: Garbage is collected three times a week in residential sections,
daily in business sections.


6. Water Supply

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

Treatment: None.

Consumption: 333,000 gallons a day.

Pumping capacity: 500,000 gallons a day.

Chemical analysis:

Total solids 201.00 Chlorides as Cl 39.00
Loss on ignition 73.00 Nitrates as N03 0.35
Fixed solids 128.00 Alkalinity as CaC03 47.00
Calcium as Ca 20.00 Phenolphthalein ad CaC03 0.00
Magnesium as Mg 1.92 Total Hardness as CaC03 58.00
Sodium and potassium as Na 23.00 Carbonate hardness as CaC03 47.00
Iron as Fe 0.20 Non-carbonate hardness
Silica as Si02 4.40 as CaCO. 11.00
Sulphates as SO4 5.80 Free carbon dioxide as CO 0.10
pH, 7.40
Color, 15
Odor, Indefinite

Rate: $1.25 for first 2,000 gallons and 250 per 1,000 gallons for all

7. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Peninsular Telephone Company operates a dial exchange.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon and
1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on week days and 9 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on
Sunday and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities
Elementary Junior High High


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 456 199 184
Present capacity 400 175 175


Number of schools 1* 0 0
Present enrollment 126 -
Present capacity 140

*First through eighth grades.

Vocational training for white students: Industrial arts, commercial subjects,
home economics and diversified cooperative training.

Vocational training for Negro students: Home economics.

Other schools: A Greek elementary school has 160 students.

Libraries: Tarpon Springs Public Library has 10,000 volumes.

9. Health Facilities

City health department: None.




9. Health Facilities (cont'd)

County health department: The county health department employs one local
doctor on a part-time basis to conduct immunization, venereal and chest
clinics in Tarpon Springs. The county health department has a staff of five
doctors, one dentist and 11 nurses. It operates general clinics for white
persons and Negroes in Clearwater and maintains a county health clinic
building in Tarpon Springs.

Hospitals: Tarpon Springs Municipal Hospital, a municipally-owned general
hospital, has 13 beds and six cribs.

10. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Coburn City Park.

Athletic fields: Memorial Field; Rotary Park, volleyball, basketball, base-
ball, badminton and boxing facilities; Elementary School playground, slides,
swings, health ladder, pull away, mountain climber and softball diamonds;
Union Academy (Negro), swings, health ladder and pull away.

Other: Double tennis court, 10 shuffleboard courts, and picnic grounds are
maintained by the city. A fee of $1 a year is charged to use the shuffle-
board courts. The tennis courts and picnic grounds are free.

11. Police Protection

City: Force consists of seven persons. City has one patrol car and one
motorcycle, without radio equipment. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular
beats are maintained at night. City jail is not approved for quartering
Federal prisoners.

County: A constable, the Sheriff's office and the State and County Highway
patrols provide police protection outside the city.

12. Fire Protection

City: Force consists of one full-time fireman, 10 part-time firemen who
are paid for.each fire, and five substitute firemen. City has two engines
and one station.

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

County: The city will provide protection in outlying areas under certain

13. City Streets

Mileage: Total, 50 miles; paved, 40 miles; gravelled, 1 mile.

General: Brick is the principal type of surfacing. About 90% of the streets
are curbed and about 80% have sidewalks. Approximately 10% of the streets
will need to be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

14. Banking Facilities

General: First National Bank, total resources, $4,218,595.33.

15. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number; General contractors, 10; architects, 0; land surveyors, 2;
general machine shops, 7; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 7; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 0; department stores, 2; grocery stores,
12; drug stores, 2.

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16. Retail Facilities (cont'd)

Parking: City has 185 parking meters and no parking lots.

Vacant stores: There were two vacant stores in the business district at
the time of this survey.

Deficiencies: A book store, shoe store, millinery shop, and an office
supplies, equipment and repairs business are needed.

17. Wholesale Facilities

General: Tarpon Springs is not a wholesale distribution center. No markets
are available for the wholesale distribution of agricultural products but a
wholesale sponge market is established. Commercial cold storage facilities
are adequate for present needs. Commercial freezing and public warehousing
facilities are not available.

18. Housing Conditions

General: A large number of rooms are available in private homes, hotels
and tourist homes. A few apartments and tourist cabins are unoccupied.

19. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 5; rooms, 160.

Restaurants: Number, 8; seating capacity, 400.

20. Newspapers

Weekly: Tarpon Springs Leader, circulation, 1,442.

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 2.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 4.

22. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Rotary, Gordon H. Young; Lions, Mason
Young; Voman's Club, Mrs. Robert Greer; Chamber of Commerce, E. H. Beckett.

23. Churches

Denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Universalist,
Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox Catholic and Church of God. There are also
two Negro Baptist churches and one Negro Methodist church in Tarpon Springs.


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