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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 18 Tourist Development Council Meeting
201 E Oak St Administrative Conference Room (2nd Floor)  read more

Oct 10 OFFICES CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF COLUMBUS DAY
THE OFFICES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF COLUMBUS DAY  read more

Oct 11 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak Street,...  read more

Oct 25 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

Nov 08 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

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and Planning Commission Meeting, October 4, 2016
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The DeSoto County Planning Commission (PC) and Board of County...  read more

Parks and Recreation Dept. Instructional Fall Baseball Clinic
During the month of October - Parks and Recreation will hold a Instructional Fall Baseball...  read more

16-19-00RFP Design/Build Construction Services Fire Station One
Project Number:   16-19-00 Request for Proposals Title:   Design Build Construction Services-...  read more

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Transit Development Plan for HRTPO
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR HEARTLAND REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING...  read more

Boat Ramp Openings
As of today, Tuesday Sept. 13th , the following Boat Ramps will reopen at Noon.   DeSoto...  read more

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