Oviedo in the News

July 19, 2019

Donation to the American Cancer Society 

At its July 15, 2019, City Council meeting, the Oviedo City Council participated in a ceremonial check presentation to the American Cancer Society in the amount of $30,000 for the official donation of funds raised during the Relay for Life Golf Outing held April 26, 2019.

Donation to the American Cancer Society - 10th Annual Relay For Life Golf Outing 7.15.19

The Oviedo City Council also made a presentation to Republic Services, Inc. for their generous contribution to the Relay For Life Golf Outing.

Appreciation Presentation to Republic Services, Inc. 7.15.19


At its July 15, 2019, City Council meeting, the Oviedo City Council accepted a donation in the amount of $13,500 from the Marc Stockwell Veteran Foundation of the funds raised during the 5th Annual Marc Stockwell Vet Memorial Golf Tournament held May 3, 2019. These proceeds benefit the Oviedo Veterans Tribute located at Oviedo on the Park.

Marc Stockwell Veteran Foundation Check Donation Presentation 7.15.19

2019 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

During the 2019 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday August 2nd through August 6th, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.

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2019 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

chief's Corner

New Law Changes on Texting and Driving

How many times have you been driving down the road and noticed someone in the car next to you punching buttons like crazy on their phone? Texting and driving is dangerous behavior. In 2018, some 8,618 traffic accidents and 34 traffic deaths in Orange and Seminole Counties were attributed to distracted drivers (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Prior to July 1, 2019, officers could not enforce texting while driving unless they had first stopped the driver for another primary traffic violation, such as speeding. Effective Monday, July 1, texting while driving became a primary offense, meaning law enforcement officers are able to make traffic stops for texting and driving as the primary reason for the stop. Statewide enforcement efforts currently underway are being referred to as the Put It Down: Focus on Driving Campaign (putting the phone down and focusing on driving). 

Under the new law, a person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of non-voice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging. As used in this section, the term “wireless communications device” means any handheld device used or capable of being used in a handheld manner, which is designed or intended to receive or transmit text or character-based messages, access or store data, or connect to the Internet or any communications service as defined in s. 812.15 and that allows text communications. For the purposes of this paragraph, a motor vehicle that is stationary is not being operated and is not subject to the prohibition in this paragraph.  

There are exceptions to the law that include: using a device or system for navigation purposes; reporting an emergency or criminal or suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities; and conducting wireless interpersonal communication that does not require manual entry of multiple letters, numbers, or symbols, except to activate, deactivate, or initiate a feature or function. Law enforcement, fire and medical personal operating an emergency vehicle are exempt from the law. Other exceptions exist. When using navigational devices, I encourage drivers to type their destination into the device prior to their trip and then to utilize verbal commands and other hands-free features. We hope that you and your family will obey the new law, as the life it saves may be yours or someone you love. Please share this new law change with your teen drivers to ensure they avoid being a victim of distracted driving and do not receive a citation for texting and driving. I recommend you review Florida Statute 316.305 and 316.306 to familiarize yourself to the law.  

There are three types of distracted driving: visual/taking your eyes off the road; manual/taking your hands off the wheel; and cognitive/thinking about anything other than driving. Texting requires all three types of distraction, making it one of the most dangerous of distracted driving behaviors. Remember to Put It Down (the phone) and Focus on Driving so you can arrive alive.

Dale Coleman, Chief of Police

Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight

American Legion Post #243

American Legion Post #243 started shortly after our area surviving service men and women returned home from World War II in 1945. After a series of planning meetings, a group of some ten to twelve men decided that Oviedo needed its own Legion post. A Charter request was sent to the Department of Florida American Legion Headquarters, and after due consideration the Charter, Post #243, and the name, Oviedo Memorial Post, was granted.

Oviedo granted the group a meeting place in the former Memorial Building. After a number of years, the Post was afforded the opportunity to move to its present location at 491 West Broadway Street. The members erected the current building and began partaking in programs that support the American Legion’s Four Pillars – Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs/Rehabilitation. Post #243 continues these activities today through such vehicles as the Boys State Program, assisting with Oviedo High School’s JROTC shooting program, Wreaths Across America, assisting veterans and deceased veterans’ family members in their dealings with the VA, and the retirement of United States flags. Last year, the local winner for the American Legion National Oratorical Contest became one of five competitors at the State level for the Department of Florida competition.

Every Wednesday, Post #243 has an open house from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Whether you are a veteran or not, feel free to stop by for coffee, tea, various goodies, and a chat.

Recycling Simplified

Recycling Simplified


Bear sightings are common in Seminole County, and all Oviedo residents should be prepared!


  • Garbage, pet foods, barbecue grills, and anything that smells like food attracts bears.
  • Don't leave your garbage can outside.  Store trash and recyclables in bear-resistant containers or in a secure area until morning of pickup.
  • Feed pets inside or bring in bowls after your pets are finished eating.
  • Remove bird and wildlife feeders. Store pet or livestock feed indoors or in bear-resistant containers.
  • Protect your garden, compost pile, or livestock with electric fencing.
  • Clean meat smokers and grills with bleach or a degreasing agent.
  • If bears are rewarded with food (garbage, pet food, etc.) at your house, they will come back.


  • Remain calm, DO NOT run or play dead.  Back away slowly and speak in a calm, assertive voice.
  • Make sure that you are in a safe area and that the bear has an escape route, then make some noise to scare the bear away.
  • Secure the attractants that are bringing the bear to your neighborhood.

Report a Bear Sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.




The Recreation and Parks Department and Northland Oviedo have joined together to offer Friday Afternoon Game Time. Every Friday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., seniors are welcome to come hangout and socialize at the Northland Oviedo office, 1205 City View Center, Suite #1005, Oviedo, FL 32765. Dates are subject to change at any given time.

Senior Lunch N Learn - Thursday, July 25th, at the Center Lake Park Cultural Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors (ages 50+) will enjoy lunch while learning from a guest speaker. Pre-registration is required with payment up to one week prior to class date. Call 407-971-5579 for more information.


  • Indoor Cycling (ages 16 and up) -  Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6-7 p.m.). Daily rates apply. The first trial class is free! Packages of 20 visits or an unlimited annual option are available for purchase.  Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
  • Youth Flag Football (ages 5-14) - Registration is underway for fall Youth Flag Football through August 14th or until full. The season begins September 14th. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
  • Youth Basketball (ages 5-17) - Registration for fall Youth Basketball is underway through August 16th or until full.  The season begins September 7th. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
  • Youth Volleyball (ages 8-17) - Registration for fall Youth Volleyball is underway through August 16th or until full. The season begins September 9th. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
  • Archery (ages 8 & up) -  Registration is underway for fall Archery Session 1 through August 21st or until full. Classes begin August 24th. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.


  • SNAP Club - Wednesday, August 21st, at the Center Lake Park Cultural Center from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This program is designed specifically for those with special needs, teenage and up. Participants must be accompanied by a companion. Activities include games, craft time, potlucks, bingo, and more. Call 407-971-5579 for more information.


  • Swim Lessons -  Registration for July Swim Lessons (Session B) is now open! Class runs from July 22nd to August 1st. Registration take place at the Riverside Park pool. Oviedo Residents can begin registration for Session B on Thursday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m. and Non-Residents can register beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th. For more information, call 407-971-5584.
  • Training Cudas - Registration for September begins Saturday, August 17th, at 9:00 a.m. Training Cudas is our off-season swim teams. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 2019 through May 2020. Each month has a separate registration. Participants must be a previous Barracuda or Training Cuda swimmer or have passed a swim test. For more information, call 407-971-5582.
  • Splash Zone Birthday Parties - Splash Zone Birthday Party Packages are available now! Parties are on Friday nights, Saturday mornings, Saturday nights, and select Sunday mornings. Enjoy the Splash Zone with a semi-private party for your child! Birthday child must be turning at least 4 years of age to be eligible. Birthday party packages are available until the end of September. Call 407-971-5582 for more information.
  • Water Aerobics (all ages) - Make a splash with Water Aerobics! Deep Aqua Fit is a non-impact, deep water aerobics class that works a variety of muscle groups, as well as the cardiovascular system. The class is held in the deep end of the pool and utilizes buoyancy belts and hand buoys. All equipment is available to use free of charge during the class. Call 407-971-5582 for more information.

Upcoming Events

Food Truck Thursday - Center Lake park

Food Truck Thursday at Center Lake Park on July 25 from 5 PM to 9 PM

Bonkerz Comedy Night (age 18+) - Center Lake Park Cultural Center

Bonkerz Comedy Night at Center Lake Park on August 3 from 6 PM to 9 PM

Oviedo Police Department Fundraiser - Chipotle

Oviedo PD Fundraiser at Chipotle on August 6 from 5 PM to 9 PM

Rockin' the Park - Center Lake park

Rocking the Park at Center Lake Park on August 9 and August 10

2019 Hometown Heroes Classic Bowling Tournament - Boardwalk Bowl 

2019 OPF Bowling Tournment at Boardwalk Bowl, 10749 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, on Saturday, October

Oviedo Farmers Market

The next Farmers Market takes place Saturday, August 3rd, at the Lawton House grounds at 200 W. Broadway Street, Oviedo. Bring the family and browse a delightful selection of local produce, plants, jams, coffee, baked goods, and more!

Pool Hours

Splash Zone (May 29th through August 9th)

  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Saturday
  • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday


  • 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Saturday
  • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday

Riverside Pool (May 29th through August 9th)

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday


Skate Sessions

  • 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Saturday 
  • 3:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. - Sunday 

Scooter Sessions

  • 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. - Friday
  • 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Saturday

BMX Sessions

  • 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. - Tuesday and Thursday
  • 3:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. - Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Sunday

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City of Oviedo


  • Monday, August 5, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • Monday, August 19, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. (CRA Governing Board Meeting)
  • Monday, August 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • Monday, August 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. (Budget Work Session)
  • Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • Monday, September 16, 2019, at 5:30 pm. (Tentative CRA Governing Board Meeting)
  • Monday, September 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)