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There are currently 178 Community Redevelopment Areas in the State of Florida, including the City of Oldsmar Community Redevelopment Area.
Examples of traditional projects include: streetscapes and roadway improvements, building renovations, new building construction, flood control initiatives, water and sewer improvements, parking lots and garages, neighborhood parks, sidewalks and street tree plantings. The plan can also include redevelopment incentives such as grants and loans for such things as façade improvements, sprinkler system upgrades, signs, and structural improvements. The redevelopment plan is a living document that can be updated to meet the changing needs within the Community Redevelopment Area; however, the boundaries of the area cannot be changed without starting the process from the beginning.
It is important to note that property tax revenue collected by the School Board and any special district are not affected under the tax increment financing process. Further, unlike in some states, Florida taxing entities write a check to the CRA trust fund, after monies are received from the tax collector.
The tax increment revenues can be used immediately, saved for a particular project, or can be bonded to maximize the funds available. Any funds received from a tax increment financing area must be used for specific redevelopment purposes within the targeted area, and not for general government purposes.
The department is staffed with 20 personnel filling various roles and responsibilities. They include an administrative staff of the fire chief, administrative assistant, 1 fire inspector,1 training officer, and a paramedic EMS coordinator. The administrative staff works a standard Monday through Friday 40-hour work week.
The rest of the staff is comprised of firefighter paramedics, firefighter EMTs, and officers. The firefighters work a 56-hour work week shift schedule of 1 24-hour work period followed by 2 days off. There are a total of 5 personnel assigned to each shift.
Absolutely! Call the fire station at 813-749-1200 to schedule an appointment for a free courtesy inspection.
The city offers a wide variety of special events and fitness, senior, children, and adult programs year-round. To find out more, see Programs and Online Registration, Leisure Services News, State Street Center, or Leisure Services Calendar.
Residents and non-residents can purchase a recreation card and enjoy classes and activities for a lower price than non recreation card holder. Residents just need to bring in their driver's license and Oldsmar water bill to prove their residency. Residents and non-resident applicants will need to fill out our application form and pay the applicable fee. We have an interlocal agreement with Safety Harbor, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs that allows those residents the ability to act as Oldsmar residents; just bring in your valid resident rec card from one of those cities and we will honor it as our own.
Parking fees apply at the following parks:
Oldsmar residents can purchase annual parking passes for $2.68 to avoid paying daily parking fees. The resident will need to bring their driver's license and vehicle registration with matching addresses to Cypress Forest Recreation Center or State Street Center in order to purchase.
You can sign up for a program at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center or the State Street Center. When you visit our site, staff will ask you to fill out a Recreation Form.
Alcohol is not permitted in our parks. If you wish to have an event with alcohol in our parks or facilities with alcohol, you will need to contact the Leisure Services offices at 813-749-1267 for the permitting process.
Pets are permitted in certain designated areas currently, but we ware working on revising our pet policy that should be updated after the first of the year to be a bit more liberal in allowing pets in other areas. We currently have off leash dog parks at the Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve Janice Miller Bark Park and Sheffield Park.
We accept cash, check, VISA or MasterCard for any payments you make with the Leisure Services Department.
The best way to stay up-to-date on all of our new programs and events is by checking out our Experience Oldsmar magazine. You are also welcome to call the Cypress Forest Recreation Center (813-749-1152) or State Street Center (813-749-1155) for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook (City of Oldsmar - Leisure Services), Twitter (OldsLeisureSVS) or Instagram (OldsmarFlorida).
East Lake Woodlands residents voted against being annexed in as part of the City of Oldsmar. Though these residents have an Oldsmar address, they are considered residents of unincorporated Pinellas County and do not pay taxes to the City of Oldsmar. Therefore, East Lake Woodlands families are not considered residents of the City of Oldsmar.
Our Cypress Forest Spray Park is open April through November. A $5 per day parking fee is applied at this time. Residents can purchase a parking pass to alleviate those parking fees.
While a reservation is not required to use one of the picnic shelters at our parks, it is highly encouraged. This will confirm that you have a shelter for your event with less worry that it will be taken by someone else who got there first. To rent a shelter, please visit one of our locations (Cypress Forest Recreation Center or State Street Center) with a $50 deposit and fill out the application. For more information on pricing, please see our Rental Information page.
YES! We love when non-residents join our programs. As a non-resident, you have two choices: 1) You can pay a slightly higher program fee (usually 50% higher than the rec card fee) or 2) you can purchase a non-resident rec card and enjoy our programs for the rec card fee.
For additional information on the various boards, please visit the City Boards and Committees webpage.
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