Oviedo in the News

November 5, 2020

Did you know that you can help make Oviedo a better place? 

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You can take part in helping your City be the best that it can be! 

If you see a problem in the City of Oviedo, visit CityofOviedo.net and report it to City Staff. 

Or if you're on the go, download the City of Oviedo Mobile Application. search Civic Mobile in the app store or Oviedo Connect in Google Play. 

Last year, the City received 875 such requests. Thank you for making our City a better place!


City Thanksgiving Holiday Hours and Garbage Schedule 

Happy Thanksgiving from the City of Oviedo with various vegetables

City offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25th, Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27th, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Thanksgiving Garbage Schedule

No residential garbage/recycling collection will occur on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2020. Residents scheduled for pickup Thursday, November 26, 2020, will be serviced on Friday, November 27, 2020, and residents scheduled for pickup on Friday, November 27, 2020, will be serviced on Saturday, November 28, 2020.  



Downtown Master plan Open House

Downtown Master Plan 2040 Update Flyer, Tuesday November 17, 2020


Join CPH Engineers and your Oviedo City staff to learn about updates to the Downtown Master Plan for 2040.

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Center Lake Park Cultural Center, 357 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo, Florida 32765

Masks and social distancing will be enforced per CDC guidelines

Riverside Park Repairs Continue

The City of Oviedo and it's contractor, Boulevard Construction have begun repairs to the Riverside Park Multipurpose Room. During construction, the northernmost park entrance will be closed to the public to accommodate Boulevard's equipment. The southern entrance to the park, adjacent to Rippin' Riverside Skate Park, will remain open and accessible to the public. Construction is slated to last at least 4 months. Map showing construction of riverside park

Upcoming Recreation Events and Programming

Flyer Promoting Food Truck Monster Jam

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Saturday, November 7 (4:00 pm to 9:00 pm) at Center Lake Park for the Oviedo Food Truck Jam! presented by the City of Oviedo and Helpful Hands, Inc.

All proceeds benefit Helpful Hands' mission of enhancing children and families' lives in crisis in our community. 
CDC guidelines (masking, distancing) still in effect. “Grab & go” some takeout or feel free to bring some chairs to the “dine-in” picnic/tailgate style.

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Flyer for Family bingo night.


Santa Around Town Returning the Week of December 14th! 

Santa Around Town information for December 14th



A TFire Department Logohanksgiving Fire Safety message from Oviedo fire rescue:

Deep-fried turkey has become a Thanksgiving favorite in many households. But if misused, a fryer can easily tip over and set an entire house ablaze and potentially cause burns to those close by. Oviedo Fire Rescue and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) offers the following helpful tips to those who plan to deep-fry a turkey for Thanksgiving. 

  • Read the fryer owner’s manual for proper setup and safety tips. 
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors and safely away from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage, house, or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not carefully watch the fryer, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching the pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed, and be careful with marinades. Water and oil do not mix.  A partially thawed turkey will cause the oil to splatter and even spill over, causing a fire.   
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. 
  • Never use water to extinguish a grease fire!

THE CHIEF’S CORNER

Chief Coleman

Don’t be a Victim to Crime DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON 

We think of Thanksgiving through the New Year as the holiday season and the most wonderful time of the year, filled with joy and giving and shopping.  Unfortunately, many criminals think of this time as their most wonderful time of the year when they can take from you.   The first day after Thanksgiving is thought of as the first official day of the holiday shopping season known as Black Friday.  It marks what is normally the busiest shopping day of the year.  If you are going to be one of those thousands of people out there jockeying for a place in line to make purchases of items, or anytime during the holiday season, take the steps necessary to safeguard yourself.  Criminals love the shopping season because it allows them to become invisible in large crowds of distracted people.  

Park your car in brightly lit, high traffic areas.  We get distracted while shopping. Leaving a wallet or purse unattended for just a moment is all a thief needs. Place your purchases in the trunk of your vehicle or at least out of sight.  Avoid shopping alone if you can.  Don't wear expensive jewelry.  Take only the money you'll need if you're paying for purchases with cash.  Get your car keys ready before you walk to your car.   Don't be distracted on the phone or while texting as you are walking.  Criminals are looking for people who are distracted.  

If you are ordering online (Cyber Monday), make sure you track your package.  Most online orders come with tracking numbers, so you know exactly when they will arrive.  If you can, run home during the day to get the package off the doorstep.  Make sure that your packages require a signature so the carrier won't leave a package without you being there.  The post office suggests leaving delivery instructions so the carrier can put your package in a safe place.

Typically the police department will deal with several young people shoplifting, thefts from unlocked cars, thefts of purses and handbags that are not closely monitored, thefts of packages delivered to residences, and stolen credit cards.  Talk to your children who go out alone about the consequences of shoplifting, lock your cars, and pay close attention to items you are carrying so they are not taken.  Wallets and purses are prime targets of criminals.  Don't overload yourself with packages.  Keep a record of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home in case they are lost or stolen.  

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.  The police department has extra officers working during the holiday season.  We are most productive in keeping the community safe when citizens are involved in reporting suspicious activity.  If you see something suspicious while out shopping, do not hesitate to call your local police to report it.   

Together we make a difference.  

Dale Coleman

Chief of Police


Think Before you flush COVID-19 update

Prevent sewer backups

Public Works noticed the higher volume of wastewater flow due to the increase of residents staying at home during the COVID-19 restrictions. The City of Oviedo needs your help preventing sewer backups. These obstructions are generated by non-flushable items disposed in drains and toilets. Remember the 3P’s rule: Pee, Poo, and Toilet Paper.

Please do not flush items such as sanitary or cleaning wipes, paper towels, rags, oil, coffee grounds, diapers, and paints.

Pollution Prevention and Awareness picture showing fall leaves on the ground


Did you know that every city street is like waterfront property? It’s true! Just take a walk down your street. Before long, you’ll come to a storm drain. Any water that runs down this drain flows directly into our waterways. It does not pass through the sanitary sewer system, and it does not receive any kind of treatment.

This means that whatever we put down these storm drains winds up in our wetlands, lakes, and rivers. People who would never dream of polluting a lake or stream might pour fertilizer, paint, used motor oil, or pet waste down storm drains.

And yes, even lawn trash, including those grass clippings, are a pollutant to our waterways. These clippings, which normally contain heavy nutrients, can negatively impact our water bodies and wildlife; not to mention the possibility of clogging the storm drain causing possible flooding in a heavy storm.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Clean up leaves or grass clippings that accumulate on your driveway, sidewalk, or in the street and put out for weekly pick up by local trash company, or compost them instead.
  • Never use the storm drains for disposing of automotive fluids, pesticides, paints, solvents, or other materials.
  • Sweep (do not wash) fertilizer and soil off driveways and walkways.
  • Dispose of pet wastes by flushing them down the toilet or by burial.
  • Redirect down spouts from paved areas to vegetated areas.
  • Wash your car on the lawn-Not the driveway or street.

Recycling Guidelines - When in doubt, leave it out! 

Image showing what should and should not be recycled.

OVIEDO ADDITION TO THE SEMINOLE COUNTY URBAN BEAR MANAGEMENT AREA

Seminole County, in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has developed regulations intended to reduce human-bear conflicts within Seminole County. 

The regulations employ nationally recognized best management techniques for eliminating bear attractants, and require that refuse, the most significant contributor to bear-human conflicts, be secured in a manner that precludes access by bears.

The core of these bear management regulations focuses on the elimination of bear attractants within designated Urban Bear Management Areas. Within an established Urban Bear Management Area, Residential Refuse Customers must secure their refuse until the designated collection day.  This may be accomplished through storage of refuse containers within a garage, shed, or other secured structure until 5:00 am on the day of collection.  While Residential Refuse Customers may alternatively elect to secure refuse within a bear-resistant container, the new bear management regulations do not require Residential Refuse Customers to purchase bear-resistant refuse cans.  If a bear-resistant container is selected, the timing limitations for placement of refuse containers outside of a secured structure do not apply.

Until recently, human-bear interactions in the Oviedo area have been minimal and have not warranted action. However, an increase in bear activity and human-bear conflicts in the Oviedo area has prompted the City of Oviedo to request the City be added to the County’s Urban Bear Management Area. The City and County have collaborated with Florida Fish and Wildlife to concentrate the Urban Bear Management Area in the area of the City most affected by the bear population. The focus area is in the City limits, east of the Econlockhatchee River. 

The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners adopted the Eastern Urban Bear Management Area, encompassing the area east of the Econlockhatchee River, in the City of Oviedo. A map of the affected area is shown below.  Area in the City of Oviedo, east of the Econlockhatchee River

Follow this link for tips on how to make your trash can bear resistant

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FUTURE city COUNCIL MEETING DATES

  • November 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • December 7, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (CRA Governing Board)
  • December 7, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
  • January 4, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.  (City Council Meeting) 

City Business Hours 

Monday - Thursday

  • Reception Desk: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Utilities Customer Service: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Building Department: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Development Services: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Current development Projects in oviedo

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