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Cemetery to expand ‘Garden of Innocents’

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The section of the Brooksville Cemetery designated for the burial of children younger than 2-years-old will be expanded under an order unanimously approved during the May 17 regular meeting of the Brooksville City Council. The approval authorizes Mayor Pat Brayton to execute a Task Order for two phases of cemetery expansion.

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The Brooksville City Manager assumed jurisdiction over operations at the Brooksville Cemetery in 2019. Since then, a section of the cemetery called the Garden of Innocents has become severely limited for space. As a result, cemetery staff was asked to layout a new section of the Garden of Innocents which provides burials of young children to their families free of charge. The expansion is to be located at the site of the currently unused plant nursery.

The project would use $56,289.00 of the Cemetery’s $100,000.00 budget for fiscal 2021.

Also approved was a tree survey to identify trees that are currently on or encroaching on City water lines, cemetery walkways and roadways and on grave sites, and an engineering study to survey and demarcate the Pearl Street area which was never deeded to the City, as well as the privately held adjacent property the County will need for vacating Pearl Street. 

The City will have until FY 2022 to begin the engineering portion and later fiscal years for the amenities.

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