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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

Aug 09 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

Aug 09 CANCELLATION OF WORKSHOP
The budget workshop that was scheduled for August 9, 2016 at 1:00PM has been cancelled.  read more

Aug 23 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E. Oak Street,...  read more

Aug 23 CANCELLATION OF WORKSHOP
The budget workshop that was scheduled for August 23, 2016 at 1:00PM has been cancelled.  read more

Sep 05 OFFICES CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY
THE OFFICES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL BE CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 IN...  read more

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News and Announcements

NOTICE OF WORKSHOP CANCELATION
The Budget Workshop that was scheduled for June 28, 2016 has been cancelled and rescheduled for...  read more

ROAD CLOSURE
Palm Drive will be closed on June 2, 2016 and will remain closed until August 19, 2016  read more

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

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