Oviedo in the News

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Black History of Oviedo mural, photo by Hayden Turner, Hagerty High School Student Journalist

Black History of Oviedo mural, photo by Hayden Turner, Hagerty High School Student Journalist

Celebrate Black Historymural key plaque 

In a continued Celebration of Black History this February, the City is highlighting the 20 elements of the mural Black History of Oviedo located at Round Lake Park. Painted by local artist Xavier Moss in 2020, the mural showcases just some of the many impactful people and icons of the local Black community.

A key is displayed on a plaque in front of the mural (pictured right). Click here to open the mural key in a new tab.

The project is online at cityofoviedo.net. Or, follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see new posts daily, culminating February 28, 2021. 


MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

City renames avenue b to Adeline B Tinsley Way

The name change celebrates Mrs. Adeline B. Tinsley, maiden name Baldwin, an Oviedo resident of more than 70 years who lived on the street, formally Avenue B. Mrs. Tinsley was a founding member of the Oviedo Citizens in Action organization and a driving force of change and fellowship. She passed away in 2019.

Mrs. Tinsley understood there was a significant need to bridge the gap between the local black community and the City of Oviedo. She extended every effort to help those in need as she directed them to resources that would benefit and assist them. Through her kindness and compassion, Mrs. Tinsley played a vital role in shaping our community. This February 20 ceremony honored Mrs. Tinsley during Black History Month.

Photo credit: The Oviedo Photo Club


  Oviedo Postcard by Xavier Moss
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NEW WATER STORAGE TANK includes possible revenue stream

The City of Oviedo will move forward with the design of a new reclaimed water storage tank after the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the project at its February 15 meeting.

Carollo Engineers will design a 2.0 million-gallon tank for the Oviedo Water Reclamation Facility. The City will pay Carollo $206,719 to design a tank that will replace one of two current tanks, a 1.5 MG capacity tank that needs repairs.

City staff determined it is more cost-effective to design and build a new tank rather than continuing to repair the current 1.5 MG tank. The new tank will have a 33 percent larger capacity, last 50 years, and increase storage from wet weather and in turn create more reclaimed water to be sold, providing additional income for the City.

To view the agenda, packet, and video related to the project, click here


The Oviedo City Council unanimously approved extending a revised lease agreement between Verizon and the City for a cell tower located at the Oviedo Sports Complex.

The updated lease includes a potential additional revenue stream, providing income for the City beyond the current annual rent it charges the carrier. The City would receive 25 percent of Verizon's co-use revenue if the carrier enters into an agreement with another carrier to co-use the tower.

The changes will generate $827,000 in rent over the course of the lease agreement ending in 2051, not including a one-time $10,000 payment and potential co-use revenue.

To view materials related to the resolution, including the February 15 meeting agenda, packet, and video, click here.

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On the Agenda: Monday, March 1

City to decide on two new playgrounds

The City Council is expected to hear two resolutions at its next meeting that would bring new playground equipment to Boston Hill and Sweetwater Parks.

The first, Resolution No. 4042-21, would approve a work order with Miller Recreation Equipment and Design (Miller) in the amount of $99,331.00 for the purchase, delivery, and installation of a new playground and rubber safety pour-in-place (PIP) surface at Boston Hill Park. 

The second, Resolution No. 4043-21, would approve a separate work order with Miller in the amount of $80,970.99 for the purchase, delivery, and installation of a new playground and PIP surface at Sweetwater Park. A previous resolution, No. 3975, approved in October 2020 will use $50,000 in grant money from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to renovate the basketball court and playground and to install new landscaping. 

Both new playgrounds will be installed with minimal impact to Boston Hill and Sweetwater Parks.

To view the March 1 meeting agenda and packet, click here. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.


Also included on the agenda for the March 1 City Council meeting, is a resolution for a work order to begin construction on the Lake Charm Drive Drainage Improvements Project. 

The project is a continued effort by the City to improve the area, including a 2018 study that evaluated flood concerns along Lake Charm Drive, north of the intersection with Panther Street, and the Preserve at Lake Charm. The project was designed by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin in 2019.

lake charm drainage

Resolution No. 4044-21 would approve a work order in the amount of $193,730.69 to Affordable Development, a division of Driveways, Inc., for construction of the project consisting of: 

  • Mill and resurface a portion of the intersection along Lake Charm Drive.
  • Add a valley gutter between Lake Charm Drive and Old Alemany Place.
  • Add flumes or regrade the grassed area at just north of the northern return and just south of the southern return so that there is positive flow from the returns to the existing ditch along Lake Charm Drive.
  • Addition of a 30-inch culvert under Lake Charm Drive and minor intersection improvements within the Old Almany Place and Lake Charm Drive intersection.

Click here to view the project and its accompanying documents in the meeting agenda and packet. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.


Lions Club Lights 2

The Oviedo-Winter Springs Lions Club saw a need and found a solution. This winter, the service organization raised money to purchase lights for the Twin Rivers Golf Course clubhouse, ensuring the area is safe and well-lit. 

A plaque at the entrance to the clubhouse commemorates their gift of more than $800 for the project that was completed in January. Members joined the Oviedo City Council Wednesday, February 24 for a check presentation ceremony. 

Relay for Life Golf Outing Friday, April 30 - register at gymnasium, aquatics facility or eventbrite

Chief ColemanChiefs Corner

The beginning of March kicks off another Click it or Ticket It Campaign in Florida – and Oviedo officers will be out there actively enforcing seatbelt violations. It is no accident that this Campaign begins at the same time as Spring Break in Seminole County and across the state. And let us throw in St. Patrick’s Day revelry. 

Throughout March, all Florida law enforcement partners will be focused on the state’s drinking age laws and working to keep impaired drivers off the roads. Driving impaired not only puts everyone on the roadway in danger, but it can also have serious legal and monetary consequences. 

Penalties for DUIs can include expensive fines, license revocation, and jail time – convictions can remain on your record for 75 years. Enjoy Spring Break responsibly and plan ahead: designate a driver or use a ride share service – it is much cheaper than a DUI arrest.

So how do we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe? Make sure those you care about wear seatbelts while in a vehicle. It is your vehicle’s best safety feature but only works if you use it. 

In Florida, on average, 41 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles where seatbelt use is required chose not to wear their seatbelt. So, let’s #buckleupOviedo.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have a single Oviedo officer see anyone not wearing their seatbelt? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone arrived home safely from their March outings?  

Please don’t drink and drive. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a truism.  Officers will make you as safe as possible by getting drunks off the roads and remember Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. As Chief I want you to have a safe March, Spring Break, and St. Patrick’s Day. Wear your seatbelt and/or have a designated driver or Uber driver if you decide to drink while out enjoying your March. Together we make a difference. 

Chief Dale Coleman
Oviedo Police Department

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Seminole County is offering COVID-19 vaccines for area residents age 65 and older as well as non-hospital healthcare workers. Appointments are required. Register online.

Visit prepareseminole.org for more information, including information on testing and additional resources.  For more information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov.

The Seminole County Citizen Information Hotline is available to assist Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 407-665-0000.  



new mr tthe 9 p.m. routine

We send a reminder every night through social media to head out to make sure you've done the #9pmRoutine. It's important because thieves often look for opportunities such as unlocked doors and unlocked vehicles. We'll share one of the popular #9pmRoutine posts here in Oviedo in the News.

It's easy to be part of The A-Team. Just remember to head outside every night at 9 p.m. to check your vehicle and lock up your home.

Join the conversation! Tweet #HeyOviedo and #9pmRoutine or share our posts on FB and help spread the word.   




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CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT UPDATESMap showing construction of riverside park     


The eastern entrance and eastern section of the public parking lot located on the corner of N Division Street and E Franklin Street will close beginning Monday, February 22nd at 9:00 AM until further notice.  The western entrance and western section of the parking lot will remain open for public access.


Rippin' Riverside Skate Park and the Riverside pool are closed for repairs and expected to reopen March 15 (subject to change).


The City of Oviedo and its contractor, Boulevard Construction are working to repair 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 be completed by March 2021.

Please note, the tennis court entrance to Riverside Park will be closed until further notice while construction is being performed on the multi-purpose room. Please use the skate park entrance.


Geneva Drive will close, as needed, from the roundabout to the western entrance of Citizens Bank during the construction of the Solary Park Project. Maintenance of traffic will be in place to route vehicular traffic safely around the work zone.  The Project is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed in August 2021.


Closures to the sidewalks adjacent to East Franklin Street and Geneva Drive will occur during the construction of the Solary Park Project.  The Project is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed in August 2021.

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