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Welcome to DeSoto County

Welcome to beautiful DeSoto County, located in the Florida’s Heartland along the Peace River and US 17.

DeSoto County is named for the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto. It was created from Manatee County in 1887. Until 1921 DeSoto was one of the largest counties in the state, but residents complained of the vast distances between home and courthouse and it was subdivided to create Hardee, Charlotte, Highlands, and Glades Counties.

The original DeSoto County seat, which had also served Manatee County since 1866, was located at Pine Level. Eventually a new county seat was created at  "Tater Hill Bluff," renamed Arcadia, in 1888.

The current DeSoto County Courthouse was built by the Read-Parker Construction Company in 1912. It was designed by the Tampa architectural firm of Bonfoey and Elliot.

In the late 1870's, the railroads were completed through Desoto County and it changed the growth of the county and brought wealth for many. In 1881, phosphate was discovered on the banks of Peace River that flows through the county. Mining of this mineral brought much prosperity for many years. Ruins of the old phosphate docks can be found today near Liverpool on Hunter Creek, just a few hundred yards from the Peace River in South DeSoto County.

 

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Calendar Events

Dec 08 | Fiscal Year 2016/17 Annual Paving Project Hillcrest Street and Welles Ave
Fiscal Year 2016/17 Annual Paving Project PUBLIC MEETING SW HILLCREST STREET and SW WELLES...  read more

Dec 13 | NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. The Board of County Commissioners...  read more

Dec 13 | NOTICE OF WORKSHOP OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners will have a Workshop to discuss Fire Station...  read more

Dec 15 | Public Meeting Notice DESOTO COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Public Meeting Notice DESOTO COUNTY TOURISM  DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL The DeSoto County Tourism...  read more

Dec 22 | OFFICE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS EVE
THE OFFICES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS EVE  read more

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News and Announcements

NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION/ BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEMBER POSITION VACANCY
NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION/BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEMBER POSITION VACANCY The DeSoto County Board...  read more

Planning Commission Workshop
Planning Commission Workshop Agenda The Planning Commission will hold a Workshop on Tuesday,...  read more

Equipment Opportunity
DeSoto County BOCC is currently accepting applications for DART BUS DRIVER P/T in the Social...  read more

Public Coordination Meeting SW Welles Ave and SW Hillcrest St
Fiscal Year 2016/17 Annual Paving Project  SW HILLCREST STREET and SW WELLES...  read more

Emergency Management Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group Meeting
Dec 01 Emergency Management Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group Meeting LOCAL MITIGATION...  read more

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