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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

Sep 23 BOCC PUBLIC MEETING
 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak...  read more

Sep 23 BOCC BUDGET HEARING
NOTICE  OF FINAL PUBLIC BUDGET HEARINGS DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY...  read more

Sep 23 FAIR HOUSING PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
FAIR HOUSING PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING - DeSoto County will conduct a fair housing workshop on...  read more

Sep 23 1st Public Hearing - LDR Ordinance
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING   The Board of County Commissioners of DeSoto County, Florida will...  read more

Sep 24 LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
DESOTO COUNTY LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING...  read more

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News and Announcements

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

August 2014 newsletter
Animal Services Quatrerly...  read more

US Rep Tom Rooney Arcadia Mobile Office Hours
U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17) today announced that his staff will host Mobile Office...  read more

Library Advisory Board
The Library Advisory Board will meet on September 25 at 4:00pm at the library.  The public is...  read more

LDR Ordinance Public Hearing Notice
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Board of County Commissioners of DeSoto County, Florida will...  read more

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