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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

Jan 18 | Special Masters Hearing January 18, 2017 @ 9:00 A.M.
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Jan 24 | NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E. Oak Street, Suite...  read more

Jan 31 | Special Masters Hearing January 31,  2017 @ 10:00 A.M.
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Feb 14 | NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E. Oak Street, Suite...  read more

Feb 20 | OFFICES CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS DAY
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OFFICE'S WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 IN...  read more

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News and Announcements

Road Closure- NW Second Bunker Avenue Bridge
Road Closure Notice NW Second Bunker Ave Bridge will be closed to all through traffic effective...  read more

Employment Opportunity
DeSoto County BOCC is currently accepting applications for HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST - TEMP in the...  read more

17-08-00ITB Fiscal Year 16/17 Annual Paving Project
DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners Purchasing Division 201 E. Oak Street Suite...  read more

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING and Planning Commission Meeting, Monday, January 9, 2017
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The DeSoto County Planning Commission (PC) and Board of County...  read more

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Before applying, please fill out this application...  read more

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