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Debbie Lightsey Nature Park plan



Current info about the park is available online through the Blueprint website. Take a look and see what it has to offer!

Also, there are some really nice aerial photographs from the Stakeholder Presentation that you can see by clicking here: DLNP Stakeholder Presentation.


June 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Debbie Lightsey Nature Park Update

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For those who are following the conversation about the Blueprint project planned adjacent to our neighborhood, here is an update from Planning Manager Autumn Calder dated June 8, 2016.

Good morning,

We held the Blueprint Citizens Advisory  Committee (CAC) meeting last Thursday, and I’m pleased to report that they unanimously approved the attached concept plan for the Debbie Lightsey Nature Park.  In my presentation of the concept to the CAC, I mentioned that the Seminole Manor Neighborhood would like for us to include some type of children’s play area.  One of our CAC members, Gordon Hansen, suggested that we host a charrette that is specifically geared towards finding opportunities in the Park for engaging children. This could include a natural play area and/or many other possibilities.  I thought this was a great idea.  The participants could be the design team, Parks and Rec, Blueprint, and representatives from Seminole Manor.  I talked to Ashley Edwards, Director of Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs, earlier this week about the idea, and she is totally on board.  I think they are very supportive of engaging our youth in this Park.

The timing for this charrette is dependent on us securing the design team.  Up to this point, we have been benefiting from the volunteer services from the Tallahassee Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  As you know, we have money committed to the design, so when we get approval from the Intergovernmental Agency of the concept we can begin to solicit design proposals.  Once we secure the design team, we’ll work with everyone’s schedule to set up the charrette.  If everything keeps moving forward, I hope that we will be able to hold the charrette sometime this fall.

Also, If you are interested, the Intergovernmental Agency meeting is scheduled for June 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the Tallahassee City Commission Chamber in City Hall.  They will be reviewing the park concept in this meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your continued involvement in this park development.

Autumn Calder, AICP

Planning Manager
Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency




**Please make note of our new address effective Monday, December 28, 2015: 315 South Calhoun Street, Suite 450, Tallahassee, FL 32301

June 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

News from Seminole Manor

November 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

3 Fertilizing Mistakes to Avoid — courtesy of TAPP

Fertilizing Lawn

This comes via City of Tallahassee’s TAPP (Think about Personal Pollution) & Brianna Barnebee.  Good advice, we think.

3 Fertilizing Mistakes to Avoid

 Are you ready for the perfect lawn? You can reduce environmental impact and grow a sustainable, healthy lawn by avoiding the following fertilizer practices during your lawn maintenance routine.

#1 Using Too Much Fertilizer at Once

Grass may grow quickly overnight, but a healthy lawn takes time to develop. In fact, “get-green-quick” tactics have negative effects on the surrounding environment. Excess fertilizer is a major contributor to stormwater runoff pollution, and it can negatively impact oxygen levels in nearby waterways. Lower oxygen levels create an unhealthy environment for fish and aquatic life, and can even cause them to suffocate. Use fertilizer consistently and sparingly instead of all at once to reduce environmental impact and to grow a healthy, well-rooted lawn.

#2 Using Fertilizer with Excess Nitrogen

Store-bought, petroleum-based fertilizers may provide the short-term benefit of a lush, green lawn; however, using these nitrogen-rich fertilizers yields long-term consequences. Nitrogen only nourishes the blades of grass, not the roots. Top-heavy turf with a weak root system can’t sustain itself for very long. A healthy lawn needs strong roots to sustain long-term growth. Help your lawn develop strong roots by using natural fertilizers, such as grass clippings, for a healthier, more disease-resistant root system. Healthy soil will give your lawn the strong root system it needs to grow and thrive.

In most cases, lawns do not need fertilizer at all. One way to tell if your soil has the nutrients it needs to produce a healthy lawn is to get a soil sample kit from the Leon County Extension Office and pay for a soil analysis. If you must fertilize, when purchasing a fertilizer, pay close attention to the three numbers on the bag (e.g., 15-0-15). The first number is the percentage of nitrogen, the second is the percentage of phosphorous and the third is the percentage of potassium. Nitrogen already naturally occurs in organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings and even dead animals. We add even more nitrogen to the environment when we add fertilizer with excess nitrogen to our lawns. Phosphorus is also naturally in organic materials, such as dirt. However, we also add excess phosphorus to the environment through fertilization and washing cars in parking lots and driveways. Choose a fertilizer with a low percentage of nitrogen and absolutely no phosphorus to minimize negative environmental impact.

#3 Combining Weed Killer with Nitrogen-Rich Fertilizer

Weed killers often contain chemicals that harm not only the intended weeds, but also people and the environment. If you must use weed killer and fertilizer, be sure to alternate use so you aren’t subjecting your lawn, the surrounding environment and your family to excess of these harmful chemicals.

July 22, 2014 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Kerron Thomas

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Kerron Thomas, neighbor and friend.  The following is from the Tallahassee Democrat.

Kerron S. Thomas, 29, departed this life Thursday, February 9, 2012, at his home in Tallahassee, Florida. Funeral services will be 11 am, Mon., Feb. 13 at Strong & Jones Chapel with burial at Southside Cemetery in Tallahassee.

He is the son of Stelbert and Rose McCoy Thomas, of Apalachicola, Florida.

He attended elementary school in Clarendon, Jamaica where he was born. Kerron moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 1995 and graduated from Lively Technical Center. After graduation, he was employed at Strictly Wholesale from 1999 to 2008 in Tallahassee, Florida where he made custom design doors and windows. Kerron learned carpentry and masonry skills from his father, Stelbert Thomas.

Prior to his spinal cord injury on July 31, 2011, Kerron established S. T. Concrete, Inc. where he enjoyed and worked diligently remodeling houses, building decks, making doors, window frames and restoring historic windows. He took pride in his work as a master carpenter.

He accepted the Lord as his personal savior to lead and guide his path in every walk of life on August 21, 2011. Kerron (K.K.) was a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle and friend.

He leaves to cherish his memories, grandmother, Gwendolyn Thomas, Clarendon, Jamaica; two brothers, Lawrence Thomas, Tallahasseee, FL, Angeto (Reiko) Thomas, Northridge, CA; one sister, Susan Thomas, Tallahassee, FL; one niece, Iyana Thomas; Tallahassee, FL; five aunts, Beverly Thomas Kelley and Clarissa Thomas, both of Brooklyn NY, Esmine McCormick and Lois Wynn, both of Tallahassee, FL and Geraldine Black, Havana, FL; two special nephews, Kamasculine Dawkins, and Brandon Bradwell, both of Tallahassee, FL; one special niece, Dallas Kennedy; three special uncles, Daniel McGuire, Defuniak Springs, FL, Darrel (Sandra) McGuire, Atlanta, GA and Anthony McGuire, Crawfordville, FL; two special cousins, Renee (Frank) Diltz, Orlando, FL, Taryn (Chance) Jones, Clermont, FL and a host of friends and other relatives.


February 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Thought you’d like to know

On February 6, Leon County School officials, Governor Rick Scott, and City of Tallahassee broke ground on a new compressed natural gas (CNG) facility near Seminole Manor.  This new CNG fueling station will be located north of the intersection of Capital Circle SW and Pensacola Street (Highway 20).

This new facility will provide fuel for Leon County School’s 14 CNG vehicles, but according to recent news reports, the station will also provide service to private citizens and other businesses.  This is a first-of-its-kind facility in Florida.

You may have also noticed land clearing near the intersection of Jackson Bluff Road and Capital Circle SW.  Although it has been difficult to confirm, it appears that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a new Army Reserve Center at this location.  The site will consist of 3 buildings of varying sizes.

February 9, 2012 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Contact Info You Should Know

January 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

Students fill neighborhood potholes

Reported by: Patty Santos (

On tonight’s news: Students fill neighborhood potholes (from wtxl’s website)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third-grader Jada Stewart doesn’t know whose job it is to fill up potholes on her street, she just knows it has to be done.

“When we ride our bikes, when we go in the holes, it’s like we hopping up, and we just said, let’s put sand in it,” said Stewart.

Charles Lewis, a homeowner at Seminole Manor has been asking the city and county to fix the roads near Dolittle Avenue and Darby Drive for years.

“We were annexed into the city, we pay city taxes, collection, water, I don’t understand why the city cannot be responsible for this stuff here,” said Lewis.

The city says these are private streets and there isn’t any funding at this time to help pave private roads.

Recently the pothole problem on these streets got too big, with one pothole is 9-feet long.

One neighbor put in $700 of his own money to buy asphalt and try to patch up the problem himself.

Stewart and all the kids in the neighborhood decided to lend a hand.

The kids are using their spring break to do the work and try to get some of it done afterschool.

Slowly, they’ve made a lot of progress.

“It’s great now,” said Stewart.

They don’t quite have enough to fill up the largest pothole in the neighborhood but Stewart says riding her bike through the neighborhood is a lot easier when you don’t have to drive around the holes.

March 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

What’s next?

Happy New Year.  I am writing with some good news.  Jamie Forest, a neighbor on Roswell has directed a sizable donation our way.  The funds are from the Dr. Jack Widrich Foundation in Miami — a philanthropic organization that supports health and education-related causes.  Our neighborhood caught their attention through the efforts of The Front Porch Library, community garden, and the friendly smiles and greetings many neighbors provide.

You can join me in thanking Jamie.  You can also have a say in the neighborhood events that are planned for 2011 by volunteering to be part of the planning/budgeting committee.  Let Rob (seminolemanor (at) yahoo (d0t) com) or Kary (smna2007 (at) gmail (dot) com know of your interest.  We’ll start generating ideas via email and present them at the next combined meeting of the neighborhood association and Neighborhood Watch.

February 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

“Take a Look” at this original video from the Front Porch Library

Our library music video featuring the original song “Take a Look” is now on Youtube!

Go to and search “Take a look” and “Hot Tamale”

or follow this link

You can also find us on by clicking HERE

November 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

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