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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.

 

The Board of County Commissioners

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Calendar Events

Jul 28 BOCC PUBLIC MEETING
 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak...  read more

Jul 28 BUDGET WORKSHOP
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD A WORKSHOP JULY 28, 2015 AT 1:00PM to discuss and...  read more

Aug 04 Planning Commission Public Hearing
Notice of Public Hearing The DeSoto County Planning Commission (PC) and Board of County...  read more

Aug 11 BUDGET WORKSHOP
 THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD A WORKSHOP AUGUST 11, 2015 AT 1:00PM to discuss and...  read more

Aug 11 BOCC PUBLIC MEETING
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak...  read more

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News and Announcements

Employment Opportunity
DeSoto County BOCC is currently accepting applications for Paramedic Firefighter in the Public...  read more

Pool Safety
Summertime is a good time to talk about pool safety.  A day at the pool should be a fun family...  read more

760A Road Closure Detour plan
Please see the attached detour plan for the 760A closing. This will start on 5/11/15 and run...  read more

Employment Opportunity
DeSoto County BOCC is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Code Enforcement Special...  read more

Fire Extinguisher Training
DeSoto County Fire Rescue is providing Fire Extinguisher training. This one hour class with...  read more

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