In the late 1870s, individuals living a couple miles south of Lake Jesup needed an easily accessible post office in the Florida back country. Andrew Aulin, an early settler and shop-owner, decided to file paperwork for a post office; in his first site location report he needed a unique name, one that no other post office in Florida had. Aulin liked having a Spanish name, “to go with the Spanish name of the state,” and decided to name his post office location Oviedo after the city of Oviedo in northern Spain and the University of Oviedo. Some say he visited the University, others say he just liked the sound, most agree he likely pronounced it “Oh-vee-Ay-Doh” rather than the Americanized way of “Oh-VEE-doh.”
Today, the City is governed by a Council/City Manager form of government. The City Manager receives policy direction from a five-member elected City Council, each of whom serves a two-year term. The current Council includes Honorable Mayor Dominic Persampiere, Councilman Steve Henken, Councilman Stephen Schenck, Councilman Keith Britton and Councilwoman Cindy Drago. Council Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30PM in the Oviedo City Council Chambers. City Council meetings are broadcast live on SGTV, channel 199 on the Bright House cable network in Seminole County. City Manager Bryan Cobb oversees the day to day management of the City and its departments, Administration, Management Services, Development Services, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Information Technology, Police, Public Works, and Recreation and Parks. The City has three fire stations and a potable water treatment facility and a wastewater treatment facility.
Oviedo is currently in a growth spurt. On the north side of Mitchell Hammock Road, east of State Road 434 and bordered by the Kingsbridge West subdivision to the east, the City of Oviedo is expanding its downtown on approximately 50 acres. Street and utility systems for Oviedo on the Park are currently under construction. The new mixed use development will feature a residential component of single-family houses, town homes and apartments, a commercial business district and retail establishments.
The Black Hammock is a part of Oviedo’s history! Located on Lake Jesup (the most alligator-infested lake in all of Florida), the Black Hammock provides locals and visitors with airboat rides, pontoon tours, live music, a place to hold private events, a full service restaurant with some great gator tail, and multiple lake-side bars areas!
If you’re visiting Oviedo, The Black Hammock is a must-see!… and you locals come on back too!