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ALERT Pinellas is an emergency notification service by which public safety managers can notify residents and businesses about emergencies in a variety of ways, including:
The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire community.
Only published, listed telephone numbers were automatically uploaded into the ALERT Pinellas database.
Citizens and local businesses should create their own account to take advantage of the options that are available to the users of the service.
You can enter up to FOUR different phone numbers to be called, TWO numbers for text notifications, plus TWO email addresses.
You can also enter up to FIVE different locations to make sure you know about urgent news in the areas of Pinellas County that you care most about, such as home, work, relatives, schools, etc.
By creating your own account, you can change your options at any time.
When a situation warrants notification to a neighborhood or the entire county, authorized system administrators will send notifications using the methods you have chosen when you created your own account.
The ALERT Pinellas system is used by partner agencies throughout Pinellas County. For example, you may receive a notice from Pinellas County Government, Local Municipalities (such as Oldsmar), or the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
ALERT Pinellas will be used when emergency situations arise that you should know about. Severe weather situations, missing persons, evacuation notices, fires, floods, major roadway issues, boil water notices, and active shooter situation are just a few examples of the types of situations that will necessitate an ALERT Pinellas notice.
ALERT Pinellas provides an additional level of safety. If the power goes out, you may not be able to depend on your TV. However, because telephone lines are self-powered and most people now have cell phones, we can continue to keep you informed through messages delivered by ALERT Pinellas. You should always have at least TWO ways of staying connected to receive urgent news.
If your contact information changes, simply visit your profile and update your information.
ALERT Pinellas messages will come from the phone number (727) 474-4222.
We suggest you program this number in your cell phone as a new contact and use 'ALERT Pinellas' as the contact name.
If you need to replay the emergency notification message, simply dial this number and you will be able to hear the message again.
Listen carefully to the ENTIRE message.
It will be brief and will not repeat. Follow the instructions given.
You may receive a website address or a telephone number for further information.
Do not hang up until you have heard the entire message or you might miss vital information.
Do NOT CALL 9-1-1 for details.
There are two ways you can continue to receive telephone messages from Pinellas County through ALERT Pinellas.
Yes, ALERT Pinellas will leave a message on a machine or on a voicemail. Part of the ALERT Pinellas solution is the ability to recognize answering devices and leave the message completely in one pass.
Also, if the line is busy, ALERT Pinellas will try again.
When the emergency notification is activated, the system will make several attempts to reach your registered numbers.
Due to the emergency, phone systems (both landline and cell phone) may be inundated with calls and your provider may not be able to deliver the message.
We do not assume legal responsibility for technical difficulties that may result in notification failures.
Pinellas County offers this service for FREE.
If you choose to receive a notice by text messages, your service provider's standard text messaging fees will apply.
No. The system uses industry standard SMS text messaging protocol to send messages to your phone.
Your cell phone plan will need to accept text messages to work properly.
Please register again even if you registered for ALERT Pinellas or other Emergency Notification Systems in the past.
This is an improved notification system that is used by Pinellas County, the Sheriff's Office, and municipalities.
By creating a new account, you can benefit from the many notification options that are offered by ALERT Pinellas.
The Automatic Bank Draft program is open to all City of Oldsmar utility customers whose balance is current. Your monthly utility bills will automatically be deducted from your bank account five days prior to the due date.
Yes. The only difference is the bill will indicate “Paid by Draft” and the date it will be processed.
The automatic bank drafts will begin within 30 days of approval of the application.
If for any reason you do not agree with your bill, you must contact Utility Billing at (813) 855-5257 as soon as possible.
There is no charge from the City of Oldsmar for this service. Check with your financial institution regarding their fees, if any.
Yes, automatic credit card payments may be set up using our online payment portal. However, a convenience fee will be added to the automatic credit card payment each month. (beginning October 2017)
Contact us at least 30 days before your payment is to be processed with your new bank account information. You will then need to forward a new authorization form with the new account information to Utility Billing.
Yes, the City of Oldsmar is required to keep all banking information secure and confidential.
If your automatic bank draft is dishonored for any reason, the City of Oldsmar will send you written notification. You must then pay your utility bill in full by cash or money order. A fee will be added to your account for each non-paid automatic transaction. The City of Oldsmar reserves the right to discontinue your participation of the Automatic Bank Draft Program if your payment is rejected. Your financial institution may also charge fees for rejected payments.
Notify the City of Oldsmar in writing that you would like to stop automatic bank draft. Your request will become effective within 30 days after we receive your notification.
Questions concerning this program and enrollment should be directed to Utility Billing at (813) 855-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Precautionary Boil Water Notices may be issued because the water system loss of power, loss of water pressure, a water main (pipe) break or another unforeseen emergency. Water pressure keeps pollutants from entering the underground pipes that bring drinking water to your house or business. The notice does not mean that the water is contaminated, it means it is possible that contaminants seeped into the pipes and affected the drinking water. Until required bacteriological testing is completed, we recommend, as a precaution, boiling tap water before consuming it to kill any potential contaminants (or by using bottled water).
No, those areas are not affected. If you or your neighbor received an automated message it was because our Code Red alert system picked up that phone’s prefix.
All the news media were notified. Unfortunately, we can not control whether or not they broadcast the news.
Typically, Precautionary Boil Water Notice areas are isolated and affect only a small number of customers. In these cases, notification is provided directly to the customers.
However, there are instances when a large-scale Precautionary Boil Water Notice is issued. In these cases, where notices cannot be delivered directly to the City of Oldsmar water customers, the City will issue a Code Red Alert (reverse 911) emergency call out, along with providing information to local media and posts on the City’s web site, Facebook and Twitter pages.
When the job site is ready for inspection, use the NEW online portal to schedule or call the City of Oldsmar Inspection Request Line at 813-749-1171. Leave the permit number, the address to the job site and the type of inspection to be made. Requests made before 3:30 p.m. will receive the inspection the next working day (Monday to Friday).
Multi-modal impact fees are established by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, complete list of fees available online or by contacting the Planning & Redevelopment department at 813-749-1121.
To register with the city as a contractor, you may register in person or online registration. You will need a copy of your PCCLB, your state license, a certificate of General Liability with the City of Oldsmar as the certificate holder, your workman’s compensation certificate and an original letter of authorization if anyone other than the qualifier will pull the permit. There is no fee to register. You may also submit all forms to email@example.com
An easement is a right-of-way granted but not dedicated for limited use of private land for a public or quasi-public purpose within which the owner of the property shall not erect any permanent structures. Easements can be seen on the Plat of the subdivision or on an individual survey for the property
City Council and Board meetings are livestreamed on the City of Oldsmar's official YouTube Channel. You can subscribe to the channel to receive notifications of upcoming LIVE sessions by creating a YouTube account. All videos are archived and added to their appropriate Playlists.
Click HERE to subscribe and watch the meetings.
Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks and even transform when conditions require it.
Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity of something. Climate mitigation is taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on infrastructure and systems.
Adaptation is the act or process of changing to better suit a situation. Climate adaptation involves adjusting environmental, social, and/or economic systems in response to actual or expected changes in climate conditions and their effects.
Weather is the mix of events that happen daily in our atmosphere. Localized conditions (humidity, wind, temperature, etc) affect the atmosphere to create different weather conditions in individual locations around the globe. Weather is the short-term effects on the atmosphere.
Climate is the long-term trends in weather. Scientist average weather over 30 year periods to determine the climate trends for a location or region. Climate looks across all seasons and helps you predict what the weather will be like during different times of the year.
A simple way to think about it is: weather tells you what kind of clothes to wear today and climate tells you what kinds of clothes to have in your closet.
Climate Change is a term often misunderstood. Climate change in its most basic form is the long-term change in average weather patterns. Scientists calculate climate averages over a 30 year period to determine trends and predict future conditions based on these long-term trends. Though significant changes in climate have occurred throughout Earth’s history, the rate at which those changes occur will have affect our quality of life.
A vehicle without a license plate is classified as an inoperable vehicle and will be investigated. You can call (813-749-1129), email code enforcement officer, or use the Report a Code Violation Form to report this issue.
Call the County’s Animal Services at 727-582-2600 to report the problem. After normal hours of operation you can call the Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 727-582-6200.
Loud music, parties and other “disturbances of the peace” should be reported to the Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 727-582-6200.
Boats, trailers, and recreational vehicles may be kept at residences provided they are in a side or rear yard. Some exemptions are allowed, with a filing of a hardship request on a Parking Exception form with the city. To obtain the Parking Exception form, contact Planning and Redevelopment at 813-749-1121.
Yes. Temporary Use Permits are required for activities such as races, walkathons, charitable sales, art shows and festivals, erection of tents, block parties, road closings and any other situations which are outside the normal scope of permitted activities for a location, or which may have some impact on the community. Permits are also required for private activities at city facilities, such as races, concerts, weddings, private parties, and other similar gatherings not sponsored by the city. Call the Leisure Services Department at 813-749-1260 for events held in parks or other city facilities. For all other special events or general information, call the Planning and Redevelopment Department at 813-749-1121.
The placard may not have been visible (or displayed) at the time the citation was issued. If a valid handicap placard is available for the vehicle/owner/passenger that was cited, contact the Pinellas County Traffic Court at 727-464-4977 for information on correcting or cancelling the citation.
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 City of Oldsmar water is much softer than water that was previously purchased from Pinellas County. Hardness levels range between 30-60 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or parts per million (ppm). This is equivalent to 2-4 grains per gallon (gpg).
Having a water softener is a personal preference and is up to the individual. You may need to adjust your current water softener to the current hardness levels.
The City tests for lead and copper at residences in the distribution system as mandated by FDEP. Lead and copper test results have been historically low for Oldsmar and as such the Department has granted reduced monitoring for our system. Lead can come from the plumbing components in your home depending on the age. You can minimize the potential of lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available at https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water.
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.
If the golf cart is operated on city streets, you are required to have a valid permit.
No, golf carts are prohibited from use on the City trail and sidewalks. Golf carts cannot be operated on any portion of the right-of-way of city, county or state roads, except the paved portion of said streets and designated parking lots. Additionally, they cannot be operated on portions of city lands, spurs and extensions of the trail, public golf course, or private land. When approved by the city manager, golf carts may be allowed during special events in City parks.
Yes, it is unlawful for a golf cart to be operated on city streets by any person who is not the owner of the vehicle and in possession of a valid driver license. Additionally, operating a golf cart on city streets with a suspended or revoked license is prohibited.
No, But you are required to have a valid annual registration decal from the City for golf carts operated on city streets.
The annual golf cart permit is $10 per vehicle.
The permit is provided on an annual basis and expires one year from the issue date.
The golf cart owner must purchase liability insurance, insuring against personal injury and damage to property relative to the operation of golf carts on city streets. This insurance must be current at all times. Proof of insurance must be presented to the city upon registration, to law enforcement officers, and the city code enforcement officer upon request.
Yes, There is a list of those that includes streets within the Mears Industrial Park, Cypress Lakes Industrial Park in the ordinance page under SEC. 66-100.
Additionally, streets with a speed limit GREATER than 25 MPH cannot be used. These are also listed in the ordinance page under SEC. 66-100.
All golf carts operating on city streets must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering, a horn, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices on both the front and rear.
All golf carts operating between sunset and sunrise must be additionally equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.
No, it is against to law to cross Tampa Road and SR 580 in a golf cart.
There are no designated parking spots for golf carts. Golf carts operated on city streets should park in public parking spaces designated for vehicle parking. Spaces identified for handicap parking may be used by golf carts that comply with the law for use of such space.
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 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 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 ways to stay up-to-date on all of our new programs and events are:
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.
The zoning designation for you property can be found on the Zoning Map Image.
Planning Fee Schedule
Temporary use permits are administrative regulations intended to provide orderly and effective management of temporary land uses not provided for in the district where the proposed use is located. Such uses are often found to be necessary and desirable for limited periods of time while they might not be keeping with the intent and purpose of the land uses established in article III of this Code, if allowed on a long-term basis.
Fees for temporary use permits, by use and class of use, shall be established from time to time by resolution of the city council. The city manager, at his discretion, may waive the established fee for temporary uses that are city sponsored or sponsored by civic or nonprofit organizations. The city manager may, in determination for a fee waiver request, require documentation establishing an organization's civic and/or nonprofit status. A current list of fees may be obtained online Exhibit A Temporary Use Permit Fee Schedule
Reclaimed is available in most areas. Please check the current map for availability in your neighborhood.
Planning and Redevelopment
Distribution and Collection Division
Water Reclamation Facility
For standard size residential meters:
Yes, but make sure any hose used with the reclaimed water meter is not used with your drinking water connection.
No, you can get a reclaimed water meter with a hose bib connection. Make sure any hose used with the reclaimed water meter is not sued with your drinking water connection.
As reclaimed water does not maintain a chlorine residual, watch for the same signs as you would with any potential exposure to bacteria. For more information, it is best to consult your doctor.
If you experience problems with your reclaimed water pressure, call the Water Reclamation Facility at (813) 749-1226.
We currently have two levels of restrictions on reclaimed. Please visit the Reclaimed Water website at https://www.myoldsmar.com/147/Reclaimed-Water-Division for the current level of restrictions.
Possible reclaimed shut off hours: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily.
Reclaimed availability schedule (Level 1 hours still in effect):
Some of the benefits include:
Yes. This method has been safely used in many communities for years. The smoke is specially manufactured for this process. It is not a true ’smoke,’ but rather, a highly visible mist. It will not hard you or your children, pets, or plants. It will not leave residues or stains. The smoke dissipates within minutes of being introduced into the system.
No. Using a machine, work crews will blow the smoke into the sewer system through the manholes on the street. The smoke will fill the main line as well as any connections, then follow the path of the leak to the surface, quickly revealing the source of the problem.
The smoke will not enter a home if the plumbing is in good condition and if drain traps contain some water. Outside, it is normal for smoke to be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, manhole covers and yard cleanouts. Smoke coming from the vents on the roofs of homes indicates to the work crew that smoke has filled all sewers. Smoke will enter your home if the vents connected to your buildings’ sewer pipe are inadequate, defective or improperly installed, if the traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing, or if the pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your building are damaged, defective, has plugs missing, or are improperly installed.
Yes. However, since any smoke may create minor irritations for some people with respiratory difficulties, those who have asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems are advised to avoid direct contact with the substance. The smoke will quickly reveal the source of any breaks or cracks in sewer lines.
To help keep the smoke from entering the building, run or pour water into drains that aren’t used often, such as in guest bathrooms or in the garage. Run the water for approximately one minute.
If you see or smell the smoke inside your home, this could indicate that gases and odors from the sewer system also are entering. Notify the work crew IMMEDIATELY. Although we cannot correct any problems on private property, we can help identify the source so that you know what action to take.
No, nor will it create a fire hazard. The Fire Department will be notified in advance so they will know the difference between the testing and a true emergency.
No, but the smoke can help detect broken building sewers where there is a potential for rodents to enter.
As part of the testing procedure, you may notice paint markings on the street, curbs, manholes, or grass. These markings are a reference for the testing crew. The paint is temporary and will disappear over time.
The work crew will document the information, which they will use to determine repair priorities and programs.
The annual renewal fee is paid once a year and is required to maintain the enforceability of the guarantee as to the lender.
The rate of the annual renewal fee (a specified percentage) is established by Rural Development in an annual notice published in the Federal Register, multiplied by the outstanding principal loan balance as of December 31 of each year, multiplied by the percent of guarantee. The rate is the rate in effect at the time the loan is obligated and will remain in effect for the life of the loan.
Annual renewal fees are due on January 31. Payments not received by April 1 are considered delinquent and, at the Agency discretion, may result in cancellation of the guarantee to the lender. Holders' Right will continue in effect as specified in the Loan Note Guarantee and Assignment Guarantee Agreement. Any delinquent annual renewal fees will bear interest at the note rate and will be deducted from any loss payment due to the lender. For loans where the Loan Note Guarantee is issued between October 1 and December 31, the first annual renewal fee payment will be due January 31 of the second year following the date the Loan Note Guarantee was issued.
Complete applications should be sent to the USDA Rural Development State Office for the project location. A list of offices and additional information can be obtained online.