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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

Sep 07 CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 IN OBSERVANCE OF...  read more

Sep 08 BOCC PUBLIC MEETING
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak...  read more

Sep 10 PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING
 THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD THE FIRST OF TWO PUBLIC BUDGET HEARINGS ON SEPTEMBER...  read more

Sep 14 Tourist Development Council Meeting
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Tourist Development...  read more

Sep 18 Economic Development Advisory Committee
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ECONOMIC...  read more

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News and Announcements

Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO)
  Apply to join the HRTPO CAC Now! In order to represent the broad cross-section of...  read more

Nocatee Boat Ramp Closed
Effective immediatley 8-31-2015 : Nocatee Boat Ramp is closed due to flooding until Further...  read more

Parks and Ramp Closures
Effective Immediately : Brownville Park and Boat Ramp is closed until further notice. deSoto /...  read more

Water Safety
By Doug Christ Emergency Management Director   Those lazy, hazy, hot days of summer are...  read more

SOLICITATION FOR DESOTO COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL MEMBER
The DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners is actively seeking members for the DeSoto...  read more

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