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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

May 30 CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY  read more

Jun 07 Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group Meeting
The next Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group Meeting will be held at the DeSoto County...  read more

Jun 14 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTOBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E. Oak Street,...  read more

Jun 14 NOTICE OF BUDGET WORKSHOP
NOTICE OF BUDGET WORKSHOP Location: 201 E. Oak Street, Suite 103, Arcadia, FL...  read more

Jun 28 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E. Oak Street,...  read more

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News and Announcements

2016 Hurricane Seminar
Join us for the 2015 DeSoto County Hurricane Seminar and Community Services Expo  read more

Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group Meeting
The next Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group Meeting will be held at the DeSoto County...  read more

County Corner May 12, 2016
What is that “DART” bus running in the County? DART is an acronym for “DeSoto-Arcadia Regional...  read more

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and Planning Commission Meeting, May 3, 2016
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The DeSoto County Planning Commission (PC) and Board of County...  read more

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day Proclamation
The Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed May 6, 2016 Child Care Provider Appreciation...  read more

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