Oviedo is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. Oviedo is known for its historic houses, as well as its population of chickens that roam the streets. Contrary to what some believe, there are no specific laws or statutes surrounding the chickens, neither for their protection nor for their removal, the chickens add an element of fun. The chickens were also the subject of a short documentary that was part of the Florida Film Festival 2009.
There are city ordinances that protect birds in the city limits, and the entire city is designated a bird sanctuary. Chickens are afforded the courtesy of protection under the code.
Although the city has historically been rural, in recent years it has had an influx of new developments to support its rapid growth, due to its proximity to the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Research Park. Several national publications have placed Oviedo on their nationally ranked lists as one of the best places to live in the US.
City of Oviedo’s public schools are a part of Seminole County Public Schools. Oviedo contains 6 public elementary schools (K-5); 3 public middle schools (6-8); and 2 public high schools (9-12). The city of Oviedo is also home to a branch of Seminole State College of Florida, the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, and borders the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In 2015, the city of Oviedo dedicated a brand new downtown development just south of the current “old downtown” along Oviedo Blvd. The new town center, named “Oviedo on the Park”, is a mixed use development with townhouses, apartment homes, restaurants, and retail. It is centered around the new Center Lake Park with a man-made lake, large amphitheater, playground and Veterans Tribute.
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