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Boundaries.

Name of
county.

Temporary county site.

point officers,

five, east; thence south along said section line and other section lines to the southwest corner of section twenty-three of said township twelve south of range twenty five, east; thence east along the section line dividing sections twenty-three and twenty-six and other section lines to the range line dividing ranges twenty-five and twenty-six, east; thence south along said range line to the southwest corner of section seven, township thirteen, south, range twenty-six, east; thence east along the section line dividing sections seven and eighteen, township thirteen, south, range twenty-six, east, and other section lines to the west shore of Lake George; thence southwardly along the shores of Lake George to the mouth of Sulphur Spring. Approved May 28, 1887.

CHAPTER 3768-[No. 88.]

AN ACT to Establish a New County from Portions of the Counties of
Orange and Brevard.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

SECTION 1. That sixty days after the Executive approval of this act, a new county shall be made and established from those portions of Brevard and Orange counties as are bounded by and included in the following land lines, to wit: Commencing at the northwest corner of township twenty-five (25), S., range twenty-seven (27), E., running thence east on said township line to the northeast corner of township twenty five (25), S., range thiry-four (34), E.; thence south along the range line dividing ranges thirty-four (34) and thirty five (35), E., to the line dividing townships thirty-seven (37) and thirty-eight (38), S.; thence west to the Kissimmee river; thence along the line dividing Brevard and Manatee counties; thence along the line dividing Brevard and Polk counties; thence along the line dividing Orange and Polk counties to the point of beginning.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That this new county, so described and bounded, shall be named Osceola; that it shall be a part of the Second Congressional District; a part of the Twentieth State Senatorial District, and shall be included in the Seventh Judicial District of this State.

SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That the temporary county seat of Osceola county shall be the town of Kissimmee.

SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That before the sixty days inGovernor to sp- tervening between the Executive approval of this act and its becoming effective under the 1st section thereof, it shall be the duty of the Governor to appoint incumbents to the various county offices of this said Osceola county, who, after giv

when.

ing the proper legal bonds and subscribing to the proper oaths of office, shall enter immediately after the expiration of the said sixty days upon the discharging of their respective official duties.

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missioners' first

SEC. 5. It shall be the duty of the Board of the County Commissioners of this said county to hold their first meeting on County Com the third Tuesday after their qualification; and at their first duty. meeting they shall make arrangements for the temporary carrying on of the county government.

as to records,

&c.

SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the county officers of Osceola county to prepare from the Duty of officers counties of Orange and Brevard properly certified copies of all of new county records, dockets, files, and letters of administration, guardian- dockets, files, ships, curatorships, and all other papers whatsoever in any way appertaining to the county of Osceola, or the inhabitants thereof, which shall be made of record filed, &c., in the said county of Osceola, and the same shall be, and continued as though they had originated in said county.

SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Board of County Commissioners, at as early a day as may be possible, to hold a conference with the Boards of County Commissioners of the counties of Orange and Brevard, and agree with these several Boards upon a plan or plans for the assumption by Osceola county of its pro rata share of the indebtedness of these several counties in accordance with the provisions of the State Constitution, and also upon an equitable division of the surplus funds that either of said counties may have on hand at the passage of this act.

Duty of County to division of dents, surplus,

Commissioners

&c.

Terms of Cir

SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, That the time for holding the Spring Term of the Circuit Court in Osceola county shall be cuit Court. on the first Monday in May, and the time for the holding the Fall Term of the Circuit Court shall be the second Monday in December of each year.

permanent county seat.

SEC. 9. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the proper county officers, at as early a day as may be possi- Selection of ble, to take the necessary steps for the selection and establishment of the permanent county seat of Osceola county, in accordance with the law.

SEC. 10. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

Repeal

Approved May 12, 1887.

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CHAPTER 3769-[No. 89.]

AN ACT Providing for the Division of Monroe County and the Formation of the County of Lee.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida.

SECTION 1. That the part of Monroe county north of the line Lee county con- which separates townships fifty-three (53) and fifty-four (54), south, shall constitute the county of Lee.

stituted.

A political division of the

SEC. 2. That the county of Lee from and after the passage and approval of this act shall be recognized as one of the po

State of Florida. litical divisions of the State of Florida.

point officers.

SEC. 3. That the Governor of the State shall, within the Governor to ap- shortest practical time after the passage and approval of this act, appoint all the offices to which the county of Lee may be constitutionally entitled, who shall hold their offices until their successors are qualified.

Election dis

tricts and precincts.

SEC. 4. That the election districts and precincts within the limits of Monroe county as heretofore existing, which are embraced in the limits of Lee county, as set forth in section 1, shall constitute the election districts and precincts of Lee county.

SEC. 5. That the officers appointed for Lee county, after beOfficers to enter ing lawfully bonded, commissioned and installed, shall enter at once upon the discharge of their respective duties.

upon duties at

once.

Duty of Clerk of Court as to transcribing

deeds, mortgaMonroe county.

ges, &c., from

Temporary

County seat.

Permanent location of county seat.

County Com

missioners to protect county property.

SEC. 6. That the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lee county shall procure a transcription from the books of record of Monroe county to the books of record of Lee county of all such deeds, transfers, mortgages or other conveyances of real or personal estate, and of all judgments, orders or decrees, or of any other matter that may in anywise affect the interests of the citizens of Lee county, as the County Commissioners may from time to time direct, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Monroe county shall allow to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lee county free access to all books and papers on file in his office that would in anywise facilitate the procuring of such transcription.

SEC. 7. That the county site of the county of Lee shall be temporarily situated within the corporate limits of the town of Fort Myers, to remain there until the electors of said county shall by their votes designate the place where it is to be permanently located, and the County Commissioners of the county shall use proper and lawful means to insure the safety of all records in any wise pertaining to or belonging to the county; and they shall select by purchase or otherwise such grounds as may be most suitable for a court-house, jail and other public and they shall do all other business for the county buildings; that the laws of the State may require.

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SEC. 8. That the county of Lee shall belong to the Sixth Judicial Circuit, and all cases, both civil and criminal, in which In 6th Circuit the residents of Lee county are the defendants, shall be trans- cases to be ferred from the courts of Monroe county to the courts of Lee from Monroe county. And the witnesses in all cases thus transferred who county. have been summoned to attend at the trial of such cases in the courts of Monroe county shall be required to attend the same Attendance of without further action of law in the courts of Lee county. The Spring Term of the Circuit Court in said county shall be- Terms of court. gin at the county seat thereof on the third Monday in June, and the Fall Term shall begin on the third Monday in November of each year.

witnesses.

Part of 24th

trict.

SEC. 9. That the counties of Monroe and Lee shall form the Twenty-fourth (24) Senatorial District of the State of Florida, Senatorial Disand the Senator now in office shall be the Senator from the District until his regular term expires; and said county of Lee shall be in the First Congressional District of Florida. SEC. 10. That this act shall be in full force and effect from To take effect at and after its passage and approval, and all laws and parts of once. laws inconsistent with its provisions are hereby repealed.

Approved May 13, 1887.

CHAPTER 3770-[No. 90.]

AN ACT for the Division of Manatee County and the Creation of a New
County from a Portion of the Same.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

In 1st Congressional District.

Repeal.

SECTION 1. That from and after the passage of this act, that the county of Manatee shall be divided on the following line, Division of to-wit: Commencing on the northern boundary line of said Manatee county county, where the same is intersected with the range line dividing ranges twenty-two and twenty-three; running thence south on said line, known as the Washington Line, to the township line dividing townships thirty-nine and forty; thence west along said line to the range line dividing ranges twenty and twenty-one; thence south on said line to the township line dividing townships forty and forty-one; thence west on said line to the Gulf of Mexico.

constituted.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That all that part comprising the western division of said county shall constitute Manatee Manatee county county; and the boundaries of said county shall be as follows, Boundaries, to-wit: Commencing on the south bank of Tampa Bay, where the line of townships thirty-two and thirty-three strikes said bay; thence east on said township line to where said township line intersects the line dividing ranges twenty-two and twentythree; thence south on said line, known as the Washington Line, to where said line intersects the line dividing townships

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Boundaries.

thirty-nine and forty; thence west along said line until it intersects the range line dividing ranges twenty and twenty-one ; thence south along said line until such line intersects the line dividing townships forty and forty-one; thence west along said line to the Gulf of Mexico; thence northward along the coast of the Gulf, including the waters of the Gulf of Mexico within the jurisdiction of the State of Florida, to a point midway between Egmont and Passage Key; thence in a direct line to the place of beginning.

SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That all that part of Manatee De Soto county county comprising the eastern division of said county, as specified in section one, is hereby created and established as a new county, which shall be known as DeSoto county; and the boundary lines of said county shall be as follows, to-wit: Commencing at a point where the range line that divides ranges twenty-two and twenty-three intersects the township lines dividing townships thirty-two and thirty-three; thence east along said township line to the Kissimmee River; thence down the middle of said river to Lake Okeechobee; thence along the western margin of Lake Okeechobee to where the township line dividing townships forty-two and forty-three strikes said lake; thence west along said line to the Gulf of Mexico; thence northward along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, including the waters of the Gulf within the jurisdiction of the State of Florida, to a point intersected by the line dividing townships forty and forty-one; thence east along said line to the line dividing ranges twenty and twenty-one; thence north on said line to the line dividing townships thirty-nine and forty; thence east on said township line to the line dividing ranges twenty-two and twenty-three; thence north on said line known as the Washington Line, to the point of beginning.

In 1st Con. Dis cial Circuit, &c. Senatorial District.

trict, 6th Judi

SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That De Soto county shall be a part of the First Congressional District, and included in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State, and a part of the Senatorial District.

SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That upon the Executive apGovernor to approval of this act it shall be the duty of the Governor to appoint point county incumbents to the various county offices of De Soto county, officers. who, after giving proper legal bonds and subscribing the proper legal oaths of office as provided by law, and being otherwise empowered according to law, shall enter upon the discharge of their respective duties.

Commissioners at their first

SEC. 6. It shall be the duty of the County Commissioners of Daty of County De Soto county to hold their first meeting within thirty days after they have been duly qualified to discharge the duties of their office, and at their first meeting shall make arrangements for temporary carrying on their county government.

meeting.

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