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Counties as

tions, records,

SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That upon the demand of the proper officers of De Soto county it shall be the duty of the proper officers of Manatee county to give to the officers of Duties of offiDe Soto county properly certified copies of all records of cers of the two deeds, wills, court proceedings or dockets, files, the matter of to transcripjudgments, suits, letters of administration, guardianships, cura- files, judg torships, and all other papers whatsoever in any way apper- ments, &c. taining to the county of De Soto, or the inhabitants thereof, which shall be recorded in said county of De Soto in case record thereof is required by law, and such record in De Soto county or certified copies thereof shall be admitted in evidence. and have the same effect as the original records or certified Copies to have copies thereof in Manatee county.

same effect as originals.

Distribution of

funds.

SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Board of County Commissioners of De Soto county at as early indebtedness a day as possible to hold a conference with the Board of County and of surplus Commissioners of Manatee county, and agree with this Board upon a plan or plans for the assumption by De Soto county of its pro rata share of the indebtedness of Manatee county in accordance with the provisions of the State Constitution, and also upon an equitable division of the surplus funds that Manatee county may have on hand at the time of such conference.

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 possible, to take the necessary steps for the selection and establishment of a permanent county seat for the county of De Soto county, and it shall be the duty of the proper officers of Manatee county to take the necessary steps for the selection and establishment of a permanent county seat for the county of Manatee at as early a day as possible.

Permanent county seats.

Letters of

SEC. 10. Where letters of guardianship have issued from the Circuit Court or County Judge of Manatee county of the per- guardianship to son or property of any minor who is resident in that portion be transferred. of the county made De Soto county, the County Judge of Manatee county shall transfer the files of such guardianship to the County Judge of De Soto county, and there rom the guardianship shall continue in De Soto county.

County Judge

tion.

SEC. 11. In all administration of estates pending, where letters of administration or testamentary have issued from the to transfer files County Court or by the County Judge of Manatee county, if of administrathe last residence of the deceased was in that portion of the county now made De Soto county, the County Judge of Manatee county shall transfer the files of such administration to the County Judge of De Soto county, and therefrom the administration shall proceed in De Soto county.

SEC. 12. In all actions and prosecutions pending in the Circuit Court for Manatee county, wherein the defendant or all

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Transfer of cer-
Circuit Courts.

tain cases in

Transfer of ca

ses in Justices'

courts.

Present county

the defendants, if there are more than one, all [reside] in the county of De Soto, or wherein the subject of the suit or action is land, or the local matter situate exclusively in the county of DeSoto, shall, upon motion of any party to the suit or action, or of the defendant or the State's Attorney in a criminal case, be transferred by order of said court to the Circuit Court for De Soto county, where the case shall proceed; and the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Manatee county shall at once transmit the papers of files in the case to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for De Soto county; otherwise and except above specified all suits, actions and prosecutions pending in the Circuit Court for Manatee county shall continue and proceed to decree, judgment and execution therein as though there had been no division of said original county.

SEC. 13. In any prosecutions pending in any court of a Justice of the Peace in Manatee county, wherein the defendant or all of the defendants, if there are more than one, reside in that portion of the county made De Soto county, shall transfer the papers in such case to some Justice of the Peace for De Soto county, and therefrom the case shall proceed in the county of the latter. Every suit, action and proceeding pending in any court for Manatee county shall continue therein, except as in this section otherwise provided.

SEC. 14. Be it further enacted, That the temporary county seat of De Soto. seat of De Soto county shall be the town of Pine Level, in said county.

SEC. 15. Be it further enacted, That the temporary county Present county seat of Manatee county shall be the town of Manatee, in said county.

seat of Manatee

Repeal.

County created from Orange and Sumter.

Boundaries of county.

SEC. 16. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Approved May 19, 1887.

CHAPTER 3771-[No. 91.]

AN ACT to Create and Establish the County of Lake from Portions of
Sumter and Orange Counties.

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 created and established from those portions of the counties of Orange and Sumter as are bounded and included in the following lines:

Beginning at the intersection of the range line dividing ranges 23 and 24 with the township line dividing townships 24 and 25; thence east along said township line to the range line dividing ranges 26 and 27; thence north to the south shore of

Lake Apopka; thence north across the waters of Lake Apopka, taking in all islands and peninsulas along the west shore of said lake to the north shore of Lake Apopka where it is intersected by the range line dividing ranges 26 and 27; thence north along said range line to the township line dividing townships 19 and 20; thence east along said township line to the Wekiva river; thence north through the centre of said Wekiva river to the St. Johns river; thence in a northerly and northwesterly direction through the centre of the St. Johns river to the southwest shore of Lake George; thence north along the west shore of Lake George to the range line dividing ranges 26 and 27; thence south along said range line to the township line dividing townships 17 and 18; thence west along the said township line to the range line dividing ranges 23 and 24; thence south along the said range line to the place of beginning.

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SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the new county so created and bounded and described shall be known and designated Name. as Lake county; that it shall form part of the Second Congressional District of this State, and shall constitute the Twenty-third Senatorial District of this State, and shall be in- what discluded in the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

tricts.

Governor to

SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That within forty days after the Executive approval of this act it shall be the duty of the Governor of this State to appoint officers to the several county appoint officers, offices of the said Lake county, who, after giving the necessary when. legal bonds and subscribing to the proper oaths of office, shall immediately on the expiration of the sixty days set forth in the first section of this act enter into and upon the discharge and performance of their respective duties.

mis-ioners to

SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Board of County Commissioners of said Lake County shall within thirty days County Comafter this act goes into effect meet at such place in said county designate temas they, or a majority of them, shall designate and appoint, porary county which place shall be the temporary county seat of said Lake county until the permanent county seat is established by the votes of the people of said county.

seat.

Permanent

county seat,

SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Board of County Commissioners of said county at their first meeting to provide for an election to be held within ninety how located, days thereafter for the location of a permanent county seat for said Lake county, and the place obtaining a majority of all the votes cast shall be the county seat of said county, as provided by the general laws of this State. If, at said election, no place voted for shall obtain a majority of all the votes cast it shall be the duty of the Board of County Commissioners to order another election within ninety days thereafter, and if at such

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of electors, at election for county site.

second election no place shall obtain a majority of all the votes cast, to hold succeeding elections until a permanent county seat is established according to law.

SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, That at the first election to be Qualifications held in said county to locate said county seat all persons already registered shall be entitled to vote, and all persons not registered shall be entitled to register and vote; Provided, They are qualified so to do by reason of citizenship, or by reason of having declared their intention to become citizens, as provided by law, and provided, they are duly qualified to register and vote, and have resided within the limits of said county not less than sixty days before said election; and it shall be the duty of the Board of County Commissioners to provide for the registration of all legally qualified persons before the said first election shall take place, and to create election districts and locate voting places in said county for said election.

Registration,

election districts, &c

County Commissioners,

first duty, &c.

Duties of the various officers as to copies of all records, &c., from Orange and Sumter counties.

Proportionate
share of liabil-
ities, surplus
funds, taxes,
&c.

SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Board of County Commissioners of said county to hold their first meeing on the first Tuesday after they shall have been duly qualified, and at this first meeting it shall be their duty to make and perfect all necessary measures for the temporary administration of the county government.

SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, That upon the application of the proper officers of said Lake county it shall be the duty of the several and respective county officers of Orange and Sumter counties to turn over and surrender to the said officers of Lake county properly certified copies of all records, dockets, files, suits, letters of administration, of guardianship, curatorship, and all other papers and records of whatsoever [kind] in any way relating or appertaining to the said Lake county or the inhabitants thereof, which shall be made of record and duly entered and filed in the said Lake County, and the same shall be held and deemed as original records of said county, and all suits and proceedings shall be continued and conducted as though they had originated in said Lake county.

SEC. 9. Be it enacted, That the said Lake county shall assume and be liable for so much of the indebtedness of the counties of Orange and Sumter as may be in proportion to the assessed valuation of the territory taken from said counties and formed into the said Lake county, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of this State, and the said Lake county shall be entitled to and shall receive so much of the surplus fund on hand or to be collected from the taxes at present uncollected as may be in proportion to the assessed valuation of the territory taken from the said counties of Orange and Sumter and formed into said Lake county; at as early a

day as may be practicable to meet with the Boards of County Commissioners of Orange and Sumter counties and agree and decide upon a plan or plans for the carrying out of the provisions of this section.

SEC. 10. Be it further enacted, That the time for holding the

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Spring Term of the Circuit Court in said Lake county shall be Terms of court. on the first Monday in June, and the time for holling the Fall

Term of said Circuit Court in said county shall be the second

Monday in January of each year.

SEC. 11. Be it further enacted, That all costs and expenses

bear certain expenses.

incurred in carrying out the provisions of section eight (8) of Lake county to this act shall be borne and paid by the said Lake county. SEC. 12. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this act be and the same are hereby Repeal. repealed.

Approved May 27, 1887.

CHAPTER 3772-[No. 92.] .

AN ACT to Divide the County of Hernando, and to Create and Establish the Counties of Pasco and Citrus from Portions of Hernando.

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

county divided

SECTION 1. From and after the passage of this act, the county of Hernando shall be divided, and from portions there- Hernando of two new counties shall be created and established, viz: Pasco and Citrus, said new counties [to] be respectively bounded Boundaries of by and included in the following lines: Commencing at a point Citrus countyon the Withlacoochee river on the section line dividing sections 12 and 13, township 21, range 20, E.; thence along said line west to the southwest corner of section 9, township 21, range 19, E.; thence north along said section line to township line dividing 20 and 21; thence west along said township line to the Gulf of Mexico; thence north along said Gulf to the mouth of the Withlacoochee river, and thence up said river up to the points of beginning. Said described territory shall hereafter be called and [known] as the county of Citrus, and shall be and remain a part of the first Congressional District In what Disof the State of Florida; shall be and remain a part of the 22d Senatorial District of the State of Florida, and shall be included in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

tricts.

SEC. 2. That after the approval by the Governor of this act it shall be the duty of the Governor of this State to appoint Governor to apofficers to the several offices of the said county of Citrus, as in other counties in this State.

point officers.

SEC. 3. That the town of Mannfield shall be the temporary Temporary county seat for two years after the passage of this act, and county seat.

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