The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 128
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 128

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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.1 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 Agri-Business: Our Number One Industry BV NORMAN BEZONA Assistant County Agricultural Agent The county ranks fourth in number of dairv cows and milk sold. 'The figure was $8,323,019 in 1968. The value of beef production was $6,100,000. Citrus groves are expanding rapidly here. In 1958, 2,600 acres were in production. By 1968, 20,000 acres were planted and by 1978, 25,000 acres are estimated to be in production. We are first in the state in rice with 1,000 acres; 3.500 acres will possibly be planted in 1969. It is really too soon to be sure if rice will be a major crop, but we certainly can grow it with success. These figures and rankings are just a portion of the total capital involved in agri-business. Consider all the money involved in landscape maintenance, fertilizers and insecticides used by the many homeowners, parks and golf courses. For example, to date we have 49 golf courses in our county. Many courses have annual budgets that figure into the 40 or 50 thousand dollar range. All of us in one way or another live life more abundantly because of Palm Beach County's and Florida's number one industry- plant, green peppers, snap beans, romaine and radishes, we are first among Florida counties and first in the United States in acreage and production. We rate "third In Florida in acres of tomatoes raised. This puts us first in Florida and fourth in the United States in acres of vegetables harvested for sale and in the value of vegetables harvested for sale. The total value for vegetables during the 1967-68 season was $91,440,577. Because of our semi-tropical climate, we rank second in the state in production of mangoes, avocados, papaya, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Dade County is first. No other region except Hawaii can boast such an ideal location for the production of these exotic taste treats. Ornamental horticulture is an ever increasing phase of agriculture. We are third in Florida in production of ornamental crops. Figures also show that we are third in the state in cut flowers, glads, mums and roses. The value of the ornamental horticulture segment of agriculture is estimated at about $15,000,000. in land area 1,266,000 acres. Until recently, it was the largest county. Lake Okeechobee was completely within our boundaries, however, now the lake is politically divided among the counties surrounding it. Our county ranks second in acres of cropland about 250,000 acres. Most of this is irrigated which puts us first in the state in acres of irrigated farm land. Second ranking SI. Lucie has only 80,000 acres. We rank first in Florida In value of all farm products sold. More fertilizer is used in our county than any other in the state. Palm Beach County ranks first in Florida and first in the United States In acreage and value of sugar cane harvested for sale. In the 1967-68 season. 173,114 acres were harvested. There were 6,093,673 tons of sugar cane milled; 632,976 tons of sugar were produced as well as 37,929,746 gallons of molasses. The value of the sugar was $93,300,663. Value of the molasses was $5,703,251. Total value of the crop was $99,003,914. With crops like sweet corn, lettuce, egg s 'j Visitors to the Gold Coast, and many residents too, assume thai tourism is our number one industry. It is not! Agriculture or agribusiness is number one both in Palm Beach County and in the state. In our county, it's a 260 million dollar industry. It is Florida's 4 billion dollar industry! Twenty per cent of Palm Beach County's population is involved in agri-business and 21 to 25 per cent of the county's taxes are paid by people in agri-business. The annual agricultural payroll is conservatively estimated at 83 million dollars. Remember, these dollars circulate among most urban businesses. This money benefits us all. Here are some figures to give you an idea of just how we compare to the rest of the state. Palm Beach County ranks third in Florida Agriculture Centers In Glades Area By IZNACIIMAN GOOD CROP Radish foreman Leonard Henderson, right, shows Associate County Agriculture Agent John II. Causey the produce to he harvested. Palm Beach County ranks first in the state in acreage and production of crops such as sweet torn, lettuce, eggplant and radishes. three banks and the Everglades Federal Savings and Loan Association has offices both here and in Pahokee. The oldest bank in Palm Beach County is the Bank of Pahokee. It is financially secure and its two counterparts here, the Florida First National Bank at Belle Glade and the newest addition. Bank of Belle (ilade. are showing a steadv increase in deposits. Adding to the population, and economy annualH (luring the sugar cane harvest, is ,rj-proximately 9.000 utl-slvne sugar cane cutters that aie imported with the approval ot the U.S. Government, to assure the cutting ot that com moditv. industries keep the cash registers ringing In even type business. When the sugar factories close down and the vegetable growers and packing houses fold up in early June, there is a definite culm In each of the communities. As an indication of the wealth in the area, there are WW and police chief, that are elected by thecitizenry. In South Day. the smaller of the three municipalities, there is a five-man city commission that is elected by the people. All other officials are appointed by that board. Within recent years, the construction of the Pahokee State Park, additions and improvements to the Belle Glade Marina, plus the addition of a park and boat launching ramp a' South Bay has done much to add to the recreation facilities in the area. On any given weekend, visitors piin all of the southern counties in the sia'c, as well as numerous trailt rites from the entire tuition. m.i observed at the various cy '". spots around th bi(, lake. ' From October until June, the sugar cum and jroduce United Slates, Jamaica, Barbados and a number of European countries. Possibly the greatest representation of permanent residents come from Alabama and Georgia, due lo the climate and the abilily of "living oft the land." The three municipalities in the area around Lake Okeechobee have slightly different forms of government. Belle Glade, the largest town in western Palm Beach County, has the city manager-commission form of government. Pahokee was formerly the center of the activity in the Glades but has shown a steady population decrease as its sister city nine miles south continues to grow. ; Pahokee has a mayor and , city council, plus a city clerk BELLE GLADE The (iludes area, due to its economy, may well be termed the "melting pot" of Palm Beach County. Due to Castro's communistic policies, the area west of Twenty Mile Bend now boasts seven sugar mills that employ a number of Cuban refugees, who made the sugar industry prosper in their native country. Prior to the immigration of the Cuban workers, the muck-lands known for the vegetables that flourish during the so-called winter season, had brought a number of northern businessmen to the area. Residents come from New England, the west coast of the 3Ttt ?to - I, J hbii Increased Yields Mark The Sugar Cane Industry Farm, west of Hatton Highway and northeast of Belle Glade, the crew is hard at work. HARVEST TIME Sweet corn is an important crop in the Glades, and harvesting the golden ears is a big job. Here at the Sam Senter TROPICAL PLENTY Pineapple is one of the many tropical fruits that flourish in this semi-tropical climate. The yearly average temperature in Miami is 75.3 degrees. YOUR HOST IN THE PALM BEACHES BUY A WINDOW ON THE ATLANTIC The nn T0UI6R5 liELl.F. GLADE Seven suner mills located in western Palm Beach County contributed $H,003,H14 to the economy of Palm Beach County alone during 1H67-68. Increased yields and the sucrose content of the commodity set an all-time high during the past season, according to Associate County Agent John H. Causey. The dollar value alone was up S8.775.549 for the past 12 months, although there was only a token increase in sugar cane acreage. During the past year, prior to the U.S. government imposing additional cutbacks in acreage, 173,114 acres were devoted to the growing of sugar cane as compared to 172,572 acres in l6-67. Topping the production was the U.S. Sugar Co. satellite mill that is located at Bryant, northeast of Pahokee, and the at the east eity limits here off Slatr Koad XII. During the past season, the seven area mills ground t,05)3,-673 tons of cane and produced (i32,!)7B tons of raw sugar. The same factories were able to make 37,5)25),74(i gallons of molasses having a total value of S5,70.'i,2.")l. The dollar value of molasses, however, decreased over the previous year, Causey explained, when the by-product value was set at $li.i.W,437. In discussing the sugar industry, Fairbanks explained that the American housewife In America may purchase sugar cheaper here than in any other place in the world. Alter studying the annual wage scale In the United States, Fairbanks said the average factory worker may purchase a pound of sugar for a maximum of two and one half minutes of work. LAY-A-WAY NOW Jf FOR... f1 . JiniSTM BOYS' & CIRLS' JrTcluujuui SALES BIKES SERVICE OCEANFRONT CONDOMINIUM $19,500- $34,000 Covered Parking ... 300 Fee Private Ocean Beach . . . Security Guard , . . lkU.. U..... T-l L I , If i iuuuj iiuvh iciepnone , , , innae lorperea f Corridors ... An 8 Story Hiahrise HALF A BLOCK FROM THE OCEAN. CENTRALLY LOCATED NEAR WORTH AVENUE. SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. INTIMATE COCKTAIL LOUNGE. COFFEE SHOP, PRIVATE COVERED GARAGE, AND FRIENDLY PERSON NEL ARC ONLY A FEW OF THE REASONS WHY OUR GUESTS RETURN TIME AFTER TIME. heart of Palm Be,a'ch 160 ,,,1 pel. we, polm b.octi, llofido 833-776) 111 I7S OCEAN AVE. PAIM BEACH SHORES (305) 148-3333 SINGER ISLAND (Neor Colonnade Beach Hotel) Just 15 Minutes from Worth in Palm Beach! Avenue i Sugar Cane (Growers Cooperative of Florida mill, whic h ;.s located just outside the local city limits. The first mill built in Palm Beach County was located at Okeelanta, about seven miles southwest of South Bay. That mill is now known as the Okeelanta division of the South Puerto Rico Sugar Co. It came into being in W47. Prior to the Palm Beach County installations, the U.S. Sugar Mill at Clewiston and the refinery at Fellsmere, which was owned by the original Okeelanta concern, were the only ones in the state. Since the Castro regime took over in Cuba, there has been an influx of sugar factories in this area. Besides the Bryant Mill of U.S. Sugar, and the Sugar Cane Growers Co op, Belle Glade, along with Okeelanta, the area now includes Osecola Farms Co., Florida Sugar Corp., Atlantic Sugar Association and the Talisman Sugar Corp. J. Nelson Fairbanks, general manager of the Florida Sugar Cane League, Inc., that has its headquarters in Clewiston, gives much of the credit. for the growth of the industry here to the United States Department of Agriculture research station, Canal Point, and the Everglades Experiment Station, which Is located Audubon Study John James Audubon, America's foremost ornithologist of the Nineteenth Century, spent seven months ln Florida during 1831-32, observing bird life from St. Augustine to Kev West. Knowledge of the birds of the state was fairly well rounded out with the completion In 1938 of Audubon's "Ornithological Biography." The first Important contribution to the study of Florida's birds was made by a forerunner of Audubon, Mark Catesbv. whose book was published in parts during 17.11-48. The Spring State There are 75 "first magnitude" springs in the United States and 17 of these are ln Florida greatest number of any state. A "first magnitude" spring discharges 100 cubic feet of water a second. Wakulla Spring, with a depth of 185 feet, Is one of the deepest springs In the world. Silver Springs, with a discharge of 500 million gallons a day. and Rainbow Springs, with 452 million, are probably the largest In volume. Florida also has some 50 springs of second magnitude, with an average flow of more than 10 and less than 100 Announcing! HATi:mVAY BEACH CONDOMINIMUM APARTMENTS . . . . . .on the Intracoastal Waterway one block from U.S. 1 in the Village of Tequesta. Five very attractive buildings with all of the most modern sound-deadening construction techniques, materials and equipment. Prices start at $25,000 for two bedrooms, two baths. Beautifully landscaped on six acres. Recreation center, large swimming pool, natural white sand beach on the Waterway. See model on Waterway Road near the building site. Open daily. How to get there! Drive north on U.S. 1 to Tequesta and turn right at the only traffic stop light in town and you're there. This $4 -million development being built by Dorner Developers, Inc. Florida Division-Robert E. Sylvester, Associate. Architect, F. Jack Harden A1A, West Palm Beach. Engineers -Adair Brady, Inc. Lake Worth. Ready for occupancy-summer 1969. Phone 746-4711. ON THE OCEAN f (f The Palm Beaches newest Motor tffr e resort 1 ' wi,h sPacious ik. r) r00m$ 3nd SU'le$' con,p'e,e,y a'r Wxb- iti i conditloned TV's. shop. I PkiM " You'll bask on a wide, private t1 J z3 1 M W J bMch direct,y on the Aflantic JgWOTOR LODGE f cean ' ' $wlm ln ourpa,io pool3 j&tGfflf koi: n J ... and be only minutes away i t)drS from all the popular activities of the famed "Gold Coast." PALM BEA'5i 3550 South Ocean Blvd. Palm

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