Oviedo in the News

September 20, 2019

Recognition of Oviedo Babe Ruth Boys 6A and 10B Baseball Teams

At its September 16, 2019, City Council meeting, the Oviedo City Council recognized the Oviedo Babe Ruth Boys 6A and 10B teams for their athletic achievements.

The Oviedo Babe Ruth 6A boys T-ball team became the first ever 6 and Under State Champions from Oviedo. The State tournament was held over 4 days and included 19 of the best 6 and Under T-ball teams from all over Florida. The Team’s Manager was Brett Iacovone. He was assisted by Coach John Prano.

Oviedo Babe Ruth Boys 6A Baseball Team

The 10B All Star Baseball team won the State 10 and Under B Championship. The State Tournament was held in Ocala, Florida in late July. Over the 4-day tournament the 10B team played 5 games, winning 4 and losing only 1. The lone loss was on their first day of play. Over the next 4 games, the team outscored their opponents 55-45 by collecting 44 hits as a team in route to winning the State Championship. The Team’s Manager was Maria Chiles, who was assisted by Coaches Mark Ion and Rory McBratney.

Oviedo Babe Ruth Boys 10B Baseball Team

Flood Hazard: Be Informed

Most everyone knows coastal properties are subject to flooding and wind damage from hurricanes. There are maps that show areas predicted to flood. To find out more about flood-prone area maps, check with the City of Oviedo, Public Works Department, Engineering Division at 407-971-5681. Flooding and other surface drainage problems can occur well away from the coast. If you’re looking at a property, it’s a good idea to check out the possible flood hazard before you buy.  Here’s why:

  • The force of moving water or waves can destroy a building.
  • Slow-moving floodwaters can knock people off their feet or float a car.
  • Even standing water can float a building, collapse basement walls, or buckle a concrete floor.
  • Water-soaked contents, such as carpeting, clothing, upholstered furniture, and mattresses, may have to be thrown away after a flood.
  • Some items, such as photographs and heirlooms, may never be restored to their original condition.
  • Floodwaters are not clean. Floods carry mud, farm chemicals, road oil, and other noxious substances that cause health hazards.
  • Flooded buildings breed mold and other problems if they are not repaired quickly and properly.
  • The impact of a flood (cleaning up, making repairs, and the personal losses) can cause great stress to you, your family, and your finances.

Floodplain Regulations: The City of Oviedo regulates construction and development in the floodplain to ensure buildings will be protected from flood damage as much as possible. Filling in low land and similar projects are prohibited in certain areas. Houses substantially damaged by fire, flood, or any other cause must be elevated to or above the regulatory flood level when they are repaired if they are not up to the most recently adopted codes. More information can be obtained from Amanda Kortus, CFM and Stormwater Coordinator, by calling 407-971-5682.

Check for a Flood Hazard:  Before you commit yourself to buying property, do the following:

  • Ask the City of Oviedo if the property is in a floodplain; if it has ever been flooded; what is the flood depth, velocity, and warning time; if it is subject to any other hazards; and what building or zoning regulations are in effect.
  • Ask the real estate agent if the property is in a floodplain, if it has ever been flooded, and if it is subject to any other hazards, such as sewer backup or subsidence.
  • Ask the seller and the neighbors if the property is in a floodplain, how long they have lived there, if the property has ever been flooded, and if it is subject to any other hazards.

Flood Protection: A building can be protected from most flood hazards, sometimes at a relatively low cost. New buildings and additions can be elevated above flood levels. Existing buildings can be protected from shallow floodwaters by regrading, berms, or flood walls, or flood-proofing techniques in lieu of elevating in order protect the structure and satisfy permitting requirements. There are other retrofitting techniques that can protect a building from surface or subsurface water. For more information on flood-proofing, please contact the Public Works Department at 407-971-5681.

Flood Insurance: Homeowner insurance usually does not include coverage for a flood. One of the best protection measures for a building or home is a flood insurance policy under the National Flood Insurance Program.  This can be purchased through any licensed property insurance agent. If the building is located in a floodplain, flood insurance will be required by most federally backed mortgage lenders. Ask an insurance agent how much a flood insurance policy would cost.

5th Grade Dance Schedule

Specialty Dances FY 2019-2020

Chief's Corner

October is National Crime Prevention Month

National Crime Prevention Month (October) was created in 1984 through presidential decree. Over the years, it has developed into a time of recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention. It is a time of promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteering, and creating safer, more caring communities. As Chief of Police, I strongly believe that community policing and community involvement in crime prevention is vital in helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime. 

Community policing is vital because police officers are unable to be on every corner of the city. The safest communities are those where the police, residents, and businesses operate as equal partners in preventing crime. Thus, National Crime Prevention Month is about businesses and residents taking a more active role in crime prevention and neighbors helping neighbors to improve the quality of life in their community. Crime prevention tips in this newsletter will be limited to a few of the many crime prevention topics that could be covered. The National Crime Prevention Council offers the following suggestions:

  • Links to crime prevention websites; raise your awareness by reviewing tips on personal and community safety.  
  • If you have connections to a home owner association or a business newsletter, ask the person who writes them to include crime prevention tips on their website.  
  • Suggest that your local newspaper print crime prevention tips and feature crime prevention stories throughout the month of October. Visit the Stop Bullying Now! campaign at https://www.stopbullying.gov to download free resources.
  • Ask your local police department to host a community crime prevention event. 
  • Take proper measures to protect yourself from crime. Lock your doors and change your online passwords on a regular basis. Always lock your vehicle, even when parked in your own driveway or parking space. Never leave items in your vehicle in plain view.  
  • Arrange to organize or join a neighborhood watch. A neighborhood watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime. It relies on the best crime-fighting tool ever created – a good neighbor.
  • Clean up your neighborhood. Getting the neighborhood together to clean up helps put everyone working together, builds trust, and brings neighbors closer together. It also sends a message to criminals that your area is vigilant. 

My police department and I appreciate everyone's efforts of raising awareness of crime prevention during the month of October. Stay safe and remember "working together we make a difference".

Dale Coleman, Chief of Police

Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight

About Wilson & Company

Wilson & Company, Inc. has been a commercial general contractor based in of Oviedo since 1994. They have built over 225 projects in Florida, and many more in the Southeast United States. With specific long-term experience building retail facilities, medical offices, churches, banks, and restaurants, they utilize 25 years of expertise to continue creating client satisfaction with each project.

In 2019, Wilson & Company partnered with development firm Michael Collard Properties (MCP) to begin work on Oviedo on the Park (OOTP) Phase II. Just last month, the two firms, the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce, and local leaders gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first parcel of OOTP Phase II. Wilson & Company is ready to help bring Oviedo on the Park to life for both the community, as well as fulfilling MCP’s vision for the entire project. 

Both Wilson & Company and MCP are members of the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce and are active in the Oviedo community. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Oviedo on the Park Phase II

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 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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, September 26th, at the Center Lake Park Cultural Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors (ages 50+) will enjoy lunch and an afternoon of learning. Our guest speaker will be Kevin Merrigan, who teaches Tai Chi.  Pre-registration is required with payment up to one week prior to class date. Call 407-971-5575 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.
  • Pickleball (all ages) - Pickleball happens at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This indoor paddle sport combines features of tennis and table tennis. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
  • Start Smart Soccer (ages 3-5) - Registration is underway for Start Smart Socer through September 20th or until full. Classes begin October 1st. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
  • Archery Session 2 (ages 8 and up) - Registration for fall Archery Session 2 begins October 1st and will continue through October 24th or until full. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.


  • Teen Manhunt Tournament - Friday, September 27th, at the Riverside Park Multi-Purpose Field from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Middle school and high school students are invited for a safe, age-appropriate game of Manhunt in a tournament-style setting. Manhunt is a game of Hide and Seek and Tag combined together. One team hides while another team seeks and looks for them. Flashlights are recommended. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
  • SNAP Club - Wednesday, October 2nd, 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 407-971-5575 for more information.
  • Homeschool Activity Program - Thursday, October 3rd, at Riverside Park Pool from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This program is a structured exercise program with a monthly theme for children ages 6 to 13 who are home schooled. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
  • Family Bingo -  Friday, October 4th, at the Center Lake Park Cultural Center. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited and all players are admitted on a first come, first served basis. Concession stand will be open for snacks and beverages. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
  • American Red Cross Babysitter Course – Saturday, October 5th, at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Youth ages 11 to 15 will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to safely give care to children and infants. This is a one-day class and space is limited to 10 participants. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.


  • Swim Lessons -  Registration for October Swim Lessons begins soon! Registration take place at the Riverside Park pool. Oviedo Residents can begin registration on Thursday, September 26th, at 6:00 p.m. and Non-Residents can register beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th. For more information, call 407-971-5584.
  • Training Cudas - Training Cudas is our off-season Swim Team. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays 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. Registration for new Training Cuda participants begin on the third Friday of the prior month. Oviedo Residents begin registration at 9 a.m. and Non-Residents begin registration at 10 a.m.
  • 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

Movie in the Park - Center Lake Park

Fall Movie in the Park Series

Tip-a-cop - oviedo texas roadhouse

Tip a Cop Event

Oktoberfest - Center Lake park

Oktoberfest at Center Lake Park on September 26, 27, and 28, 2019

Coffee With a Cop - Oviedo Metro Diner

October Coffee with a Cop

Cone with a cop - oviedo dairy queen

Cone With a Cop

Wayne Hoffman, Mentalist and illusionist - Center Lake Park Cultural Center

Wayne Hoffman, Mentalist and Illusionist

2019 Hometown Heroes Classic Bowling Tournament - Boardwalk bowl

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

Howl-O-Ween - Bark Park

Howl O Ween at the Bark Park

Halloween Festival of Frights - Center Lake Park

Festival of Frights

Food Truck Thursday - Center Lake Park

October Food Trucks

Bonkerz Comedy Night - Center Lake Park Cultural Center

November Comedy Night

Tea Party at the park - Center Lake Park Cultural Center

Tea Party at the Park

Oviedo Farmers Market

The next Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, 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 (august 10th through September 29th)

  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Saturday
  • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday

BIG KAHUNA POOL (august 10th THROUGH november 2nd)

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 2 p.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 (august 10th through may 26, 2020)

  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday

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City of Oviedo


  • Monday, September 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. (City Council Work Session)
  • Monday, October 7, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • Monday, October 21, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. (CRA Governing Board Meeting)
  • Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • November 4, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • November 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)