ALERT: Please take time to read through this email and take action, this is very important


Here are some details on the Orange County Pickett Projects that will affect Chuluota, the surrounding rural area and all of eastern Orange County.

Orange County Planning and Zoning has approved two developments in the area of Lake Pickett in east Orange County on the Seminole County border amounting to approximately 4,500 homes.

One project is south of Lake Pickett Road and is known as the GROW Development, which has a rural and farming theme. The developer on this property has worked closely with the community and has afforded us a covenant and deed restriction which will ensure what is approved is what is built. The community is in favor of this project.

The second project known as Sustany will be built on the Rybolt Ranch and is located north of Lake Pickett Road on the Rural boundary of Seminole County. This developer has not afforded any transition which mirrors the large 5 acre lots in Seminole County on its boundary and the 2-3 acre lots on its eastern boundary in Orange County.

The problem: the approval of these development included a directive that Orange County study extending McCullough Road across the Econ river over to Chuluota Road (CR 419) as well as permitting commercial development on the major arterial roads in the area.

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners will vote on July 28th whether or not to approve these developments.

We need your help:

What can I do?:  Send emails to the Orange County Commissioners and to the Seminole County Commissioners immediately.

The letters should state at minimum:

  1. That you are not in favor of crossing the Econ River or extending McCullough Road across the Econ River to Chuluota Road (CR 419)
  2. That the 2 projects known as Sustany (north of Lake Pickett Road) and GROW (south of lake Pickett Road) should be allowed to stand alone and apart for any approval by the Board of County Commissioners in Orange County.
  3. The Seminole County Rural Boundary in Chuluota will be substantially impacted by Sustany if the project is approved with any density in excess of 1 home to 3 acres on the northern and eastern portion of the Rybolt ranch.

Seminole County Chairman: Brenda Carey

Seminole County Commissioners:

Lee Constantine    

Bob Dallari            

John Horan           

Carlton Henley     

Orange County Mayor: Mayor Teresa   Jacobs

Commissioner S. Scott Boyd        
Commissioner Bryan Nelson         
Commissioner Pete Clarke           
Commissioner Jennifer Thompson
This project is in District 5, the commissioner is :   Commissioner Ted Edwards
Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin 

Thank you for your help and your continuing support in protecting the rural area of Seminole County.

Please pass this on to neighbors and friends.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Sheriff Daily Crime Report

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East Region:

The East Division Service Center is located at 1225 E. Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL 32765. The building is an 8,000 square foot facility located just east of Reed Road and west of Lockwood Road. This new facility can better accommodate the needs of the division’s deputies, supervisors, probation officers, field service officers, criminal investigators, code enforcement, office staff, citizens on patrol (COP’s), and more. Although deputy sheriffs are on duty at all times, our division office is not staffed the same. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If it is a non-emergency, please call 407.665.6650. Otherwise, you may visit us during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The East Division Office number is 407.665.1750.



Rural Heritage Farmers Market Geneva, Fl

Rural Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center Saturday May 16th from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Honey, fresh bread, hydroponics, veggies, jams, jellys and so much more, buy local support local.

Want to learn more about the history of our Village? The Little Free Library is also there for you to get a book(s), leave a book(s). We will have a “Heritage Corner” focusing on learning a “trade” or “skill”. Want to learn about growing a garden? How about beekeeping? Soap making? Your family can learn skills together. We have 10X10 spots left to rent.
If interested, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, Like the farmers market on facebook:…


Learn to make an American farmstead hearth broom

February 7, Saturday – Learn to make an American farmstead hearth broom in the traditional manner, as would have been done by pioneer farmers.  The round hearth brooms have pretty woven broom corn stalks extending up the handle a bit, but no modern materials, no nylon twine,  no fancy shellac on the handle.  The class will be taught at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Bring your own lunch.  The cost is $30 and includes all tools and supplies.  Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes along.  Register now as the class size is limited. Contact Bob Putnam for more information and to register – 407-366-9603,


Beginner’s class in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing

Our next beginner’s class in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing (aka Round Dancing) begins on Sunday January 18th, from 2:30 to 4:00pm at the Rural Heritage Center in Geneva, located at 101 East Main Street (Corner of 1st and Main).  We will be teaching the Foxtrot.

If you have already learned the Foxtrot or are unable to participate at this time, please forward this email or pass on a copy of the attached flyer to others whom you think might be interested.

No previous dancing experience is required.  The lessons are $5 per couple; all proceeds are donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  Please click on the link below for an example of a Waltz danced by dancers at the Rural Heritage Center.

Choreographed Ballroom Dancing is a great source of physical and mental exercise.

For questions please email us or call 407-349-9255.

Mike and Linde Hollenbeck


Spray and neuter for just $ 20. for the month of June

Spay N Save will provide 100 “Precious, Not Parents” sterilizations for $20 in June. Visit or call 407-920-4894 for more information or to schedule an appointment.,0,


Oviedo Mall Food Truck Crazy:

Oviedo Mall Food Truck Crazy:

4-8 p.m. second Sunday of each month: 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., Oviedo;


Knocking down downtown

As the city of Oviedo and the Florida Department of Transportation inch closer toward flattening much of the town’s historic core, several downtown business owners are determined to not let their livelihoods crumble once the buildings they now occupy are knocked down.


Border skirmish: 5,000-home Rybolt plan in Orange riles Seminole residents,0,2997416.story

Zembower, 53, and other Chuluota residents are now concerned that a plan to build nearly 5,000 homes in the Lake Pickett Road area in adjacent Orange County will bring thousands of additional cars into that corner of Seminole County, spoil the waterways and clear the way for more development. To do this, Orange County commissioners would have to rezone the land to allow more houses.


Chuluota residents speak out against new development

Project could add 5,000 homes  Local opposition continues to grow as the concept for a 2,300-acre Orange County development on the doorstep of Seminole County takes shape.