INVENTORY OF INDUSTRIAL ADVANTAGE S
WILLISTON, FLORIDA : / \ i
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 2
4, Manufacturing Industries 3
5. General Remarks on Economy 3
1. Administration 3
2. Finances 3
Part D--Community Facilities
1. Available Data 3
2, Transportation Facilities 3
3. Power 4
4. Fuel 4
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
6. Water Supply 4
7. Communications Facilities 4
8. Educational Facilities 4
9. Health Facilities 5
10. Recreational Facilities 5
11. Police Protection 5
12, Fire Protection 5
13. City Streets 5
14. Banking Facilities 5
15. Construction and Service Facilities 5
16. Retail Facilities 5
17. Wholesale Facilities 6
18. Housing Conditions 6
19. Hotels and Restaurants 6
20. Newspapers 6
21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
22. Civic Organizations 6
23. Churches 6
FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION
101 Fifth* Street South
Saint Petersburg 1, Florida
FLORIDA STATE ADVERTISING COMMISSION
311 North Calhoun Street
With the assistance of City officials,
Part A---Natural resources
Chief topographical features: Flat. Elevation, 75 feet.
Annual January ri July tober
Temperature averages 70.7 57.9 69.8 82.1 73.5
Rainfall averages 45.30 2.94 1.68 7.32 2.55
Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring, February 144
usual date of first killing frost in Fall, December 15) average length of
growing season, 214 days.
3. Local Raw Materials:
Timber: Pine for lumber is available five to 15 miles from town. Burns
Lumber Company and J. L. Howe Lumber Company are the principal producers.
Minerals: Four lime rock plants operate within three miles of town and 18
lime rook plants operate in vicinity. Connell and Shultz, McLeod
Construction Company, Levy County Lime Rock and Duval Engineer Company are
the principal producers.
Agricultural products: Corn, peanuts, cucmabers, tomatoes, watermelons and
okra are the principal crops.
Other: Hogs and cattle.
Part B--General Economy
Est. 194 195 19 1935 1930
County total 11,000 9,902 12,590 12,973 12,456
City total 1,374 1,048 890 862 940
Negroes in county 3,573 3573 4831 5,191 4,762
Negroes in city 700 0 --- 172 ----
Predominant nationalities: Native born white; Negro,
Unions: No national unions are established in local industries.
Female employment: Approximately 25% of total employment is female.
Approximately 25 females are employed in manufacturing industries.
Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled male, 50#) unskilled female,500;
skilled male, $1.50; skilled female, $1,00. There is no differential in
the wages of white and Negro workers of equal skill,
General: Quantity of labor fair. Quality will average with other locations.
3. Retail Market:
General: Williston serves the local area as retail trade center.
1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $2,002.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $895,000.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county, $248,000.*
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $115,000.*
*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power, Further
reproduction not licensed.
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4, Manufacturing Industries:
Principal manufacturing industries: Williaton Ice and Storage, ice; Dixie
Lily Milling Company.
5. General Remarks on Econnoy:
Agriculture is the principal factor in the local economy.
Officials: Mayor, Gene Baily; City Attorney, H. S. Wilsort
Special departments: The city has an active parkland recreation board,
planning board, zoning board, street department.
Zoning: City has a zoning ordinance in effect.
Current city tax rate: Operations, 15 mills; debt service, 0,
Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 15 mills; debt ser-
City basis of assessment: 50% of actual value.
Total assessed value of real property in city: $593,415.
City license tax on manufacturing plant: $25.
City utility tax: None.
Other Major city taxes: None.
Current county tax rate: Operations, 13.33 mills; debt service, 0,
Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations, 13.33 mills; debt
Bonded debt: City, $75,000; county $82,000.
Other long-term obligations: City, 0; county, 0,
Part D-Copmunity Facilities
1. Available Data:
Maps: City streets, trunk water main, trunk sewers and tax district maps ..
2. Transportation Facilities:
Railroads: Williston is served by a main line of the Seaboard Air Line with
three freight trains daily and a main line of the Atlantic Coast Line with
two passenger and 16 freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less
than carload freight is not available,
Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express. Free pick-up
and delivery for express is available. Direct air express is not available,
Highway: U. S. Highway 41 and Florida Highway 500 pass through Williston.
Local bus service: None.
Intercity bus services: Florida Greyhound Lines Las 26 buses and Trailway
Tours has eight buses daily through Williston.
2. Transportation Facilities (Cont,)
Intercity trucking facilities: Central Truck Lines provides statewide
trucking service. Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville are the principal cities
that may be reached by an overnight truck haul.
Air: Williton Airport, municipally owned, is three miles from town. The
field has no hanger space and two runways. The field is open to private
planes. Charter cross-country flights are available. Scheduled commercial :."
air transportation is not available.
The city of Williston owns and operates the distributing system and Florida
Power Corporation owns and operates the generating system. Rate schedule is
available from city clerk.
Coal: Coal is not used in this section.
Gas: Natural gas and artificial gas are delivered from Ocala, 25 miles
Bottled gas: Bottled gas is delivered from Ocala.
5. Sewage and Waste Disposal:
Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Septic tanks are used to
treat sewage. System is financed by assessment, Additions to present
sewerage and disposal systems are contemplated.
Industrial wastes: Industries use city systems.
Garbage: Garbage is collected twice weekly.
6. Water Supp;y:
Sources Under-ground wells. Present source is considered adequate for
Consumption: 125,000 gallons per day.
Pumping capacity: 156,000 gallons per day,
Per 1,000 gallons
First 3,000 Gallons $1.000 minimum
Next 7,000 gallons 150
All over 10,000 gallons 100
7. Communications Facilities:
Telephone service; Florida Telephone Company operates a manual exchange
serving 160 company-owned stations, one rural station and four toll circuits.
Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 8 a. m, to noon and
1 to 5 p. m. on week days and 10 to 11 a, m. and 5 to 6 p. m. on Sundays and
8. Educational Facilities:
Elementary Junior High High
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment "201 83 65
Present capacity 201 83 65
8. Educational Facilities (Cont.)
Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 166 41 2D
Present capacity 66 20 10
Vocational training for white students: Agriculture and home
Vocational training for Negro students: Agriculture and home
9. Health Facilities:
City health department: City has no health department.
County health department: Staff of one doctor and two nurses.
10. Recreational Facilities:
Public parks: Williston Park, has no playground equipment.
Athletic fields: Baseball field, open with no bleachers.
11. Police Protection:
City: Force consists of two policemen. City has two police cars :. .:.
without radio equipment. Patrolmen are not uniformed. Regular beats are
maintained at night by one policeman. City Jail is not approved for
quartering Federal prisoners.
County: No police protection is available outside city limits. County jail
is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.
12. Fire Protection:
City: Force consists of volunteer firemen. City has one engine and no
Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 3; NBFU, Class 8.
County: No fire protection is available outside city limits.
13. City Streets:
Mileage: Total, 10 miles; paved, 8 miles; gravelled, 2 miles,
General: Approximately 25% of the streets are curbed. None of the streets
should need rebuilding or extensive repair during the next five years.
14. Banking Facilities;
General: Perkins State Bank, total resources, $792,396.88
15. Construction and Service Facilities:
Type and number: General contractors, 0; architects, 0; land surveyors, 0;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0;
automotive repair facilities, 8; consulting engineers, 0,
16, Retail Facilities:
Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 3; grocery stores,
3; drug stores, 3.
Parking: City has no parking meters and no parking lots.
Vacant stores: There were two vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.
17# Wholesale Facilities:
General: Williston is not a wholesale distribution center for the area,
City operates special markets for the sale of vegetables and livestock,
Commercial cold storage and commercial freezing facilities are available
18, Housing Conditions:
General: There is no housing shortage.
19, Hotels and Restaurants:
Hotels: Number, 1; rooms, 20,
Restaurants: Number, 6; seating capacity, 50,
Weekly: Williston Sun,
21, Laundries and Dry Cleaners:
Commercial laundries: Number, 1.
Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 2,
22, Civic Organizations:
Name and name of president: Lions, R, G, Rich; Womans Club, Mrs. Sue
Denomination: Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian.