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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

DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners- DeSoto County Florida

Calendar Events

Dec 24 BOCC OFFICES CLOSED
BOCC offices closed in observance of Christmas Eve Holiday  read more

Dec 25 BOCC OFFICE CLOSED
BOCC office closed in observance of Christmas Holiday  read more

Jan 13 BOCC PUBLIC MEETING
 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak...  read more

Jan 27 BOCC PUBLIC MEETING
 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO  BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak Street,...  read more

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News and Announcements

Power Auto Corp. Relocates HQ, 6 businesses to DeSoto County
By Victoria Kasselman December 10, 2014 Tags Arcadia Desoto County Jobs land sale surplus...  read more

November 2014 Newsletter
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and Planning Commission Meeting, November 6, 2014
The DeSoto County Planning Commission (PC)/Board of Adjustment (BOA) and Board of County...  read more

Public Meeting- Carlstrom Field Road work
DeSoto County plans to make roadway and drainage improvements to SE Carlstrom Field Road between...  read more

Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire which...  read more

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