Apopka Cemetery to Enforce New Rules

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm TAGSCity of Apopka Previous articleOn This Day: World War I BeginsNext articleAPD looking for school crossing guards Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Yes, if the city really wanted to improve something, that so many people have begged to have done, instead of messing with the cemetery, they would remove the cattails across the frontage of Dream Lake Park. The citizens have repeatedly asked for the cattails to be removed, so they can fish, and to improve the park’s appearance, but all that is done is the usual mowing, and the cattails continue to spread all the way across the lake’s frontage. It is such a pretty lake. Have you seen some of the photos that some really talented photographers have made there? Yesterday, while riding around, at Monroe and Sheeler down there in the deep hole where there is a pond, and the cattails have been taking over, there was CAT heavy equipment with long arms, and crews have been cleaning the cattails out of there. They have gotten a large portion of them so far, and still working on them. I think that is Orange Co. , not sure. Why can’t the city clean out the cattails across Dream Lake? The city has heavy equipment with long arms, and they can get a permit to do so, and already have crews that can do it in very little time. Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply This is tax paying money hard at work! Go fix the real problems with the LIVING and leave our lost LOVED ones alone. JUST RIDICULOUS!! Correction: It was the Oct. 7th, 2015’s city council meeting on the first reading of the city’s new cemetery ordinance, that I opposed it, and while speaking against it, got emotional. That is the one audio that when I tried to log onto it, it always came up and said error, and would not show up. I see it is back on there now, and that is the truth. I also spoke against the new cemetery policy again at the second reading of the ordinance, the following city council meeting which is on the audio on record. Ordinance 2456. On the first audio, Oct. 7, 2015, you will hear the city clerk explain about one vase of flowers per grave and the 10 day time limit, plus some of the other issues talked about regarding the cemetery. I hope in the future this ordinance will be repealed, at least certain parts. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Please enter your name here Reply Tenita Reid The City of Orlando is saving and keeping the flowers and tributes of love that were left for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting for a permanent memorial. Here in the City of Apopka’s cemetery, you can’t even honor your loved one’s graves with your choice of small tokens of respect, as they chose to code enforce your loved one’s graves, and throw out in the garbage, what you left to honor your loved one’s graves. The city council had to mess with the former cemetery policy, and change the rules on that too. Look around at the roadside memorials to the unfortunate people who have been killed on the roadways, and you will see the tokens of love left by their loved ones in their memory. Am I complaining?…..NO! I am only pointing out that the cemetery is the proper place for such items, and messing with every darn thing in this city, is not a positive, and yes, I did speak out at the city council meeting against the new cemetery ordinance, but I noticed that city council ‘s meeting’s audio was removed from the agenda, and when you try to pull it up, it says error. The second reading of the cemetery ordinance, that made it official, at the city council, when I got emotional when speaking, but I don’t care! Some things need to be left alone! That change was of no good to this community. If the prices of the graves, and such as that needed increasing, then that was all that needed to be messed with. One flower bouquet per grave, and removed after 10 days, or a little longer on holidays, plus the multiple long lists of items not allowed……if you have ever been in Hawaii, you should see the graves there, they are covered in multiple flower bouquets all over the plots. Absolutely beautiful………..respect the living, and respect the dead, and stop desecrating graves! August 1, 2016 at 6:37 am July 28, 2016 at 11:35 am Reply Tenita Reid Marian Thollander Siler Please enter your comment! Reply Tenita Reid I don’t think it’s fair to do this to the family it’s a place where we go. And my father and family is there and family is there and I don’t think it’s right the go out there and throw stuff away that family has put out there I agree with other put them on a shovel. Some where if work is running out and u need to give the some thing to do beside going to grave yard looking for some thing that’s why u sell the lots not like you give then to the community people pay July 28, 2016 at 10:51 pm Dennis New, I am reading your posting on Apopka Voice Face about your personal experience at the cemetery in Apopka, in which you state that you went there to tend to your grandparent’s grave plots, and found a family sitting around in lawn chairs there visiting their own family’s graves, and that one person had their lawn chair upon top of your grandparent’s granite plot marker cover and was sitting in it………Dennis, did you tell that person that you were offended, and that it could scrape up the granite’s surface of the plot cover? Did you explain that to them? Or did you call the police, instead? I would be mad myself, for sure, but this is the exception, not the norm, in the cemetery, and all the strict rules and regulations in the world, cannot legislate people who just don’t think, or just don’t care. Rules, or no rules…..This was the time to be vocal Dennis, and let them know! Or phone the police. To the other people who visit, they only want to be left alone, and be able to put tokens of love on the graves, and show respect to their loved ones, without having someone from the city, throw their items in the garbage. No one expects their tokens such as flowers to be left there forever, as you state, but if you have bought bouquets of artificial flowers, nice ones, they are expensive, and to only allow them for 10 days, and to only allow one bouquet with multiple members in a family, is ridiculous. What good purpose does the city government have in writing up that? Are they actually going to take a pen and pad around and document the date the flowers where put there, and then oh, it is 10 days, time to remove them??? What harm is done to leave a little teddy bear in memory by a grave? Or multiple tokens of love? I still hope that this ridiculous over-reaching ordinance is repealed in the future!center_img July 28, 2016 at 10:52 am July 29, 2016 at 11:12 am JAMIE ELLINGTON Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sharron July 29, 2016 at 1:07 am Erin Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Tina Reply Tenita Reid Reply July 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm I live out of town. The ordinance is very unfair. I’m not a rich person. to buy a grave sight vases. (10+to buy.) I have family buy plastic flower’s to place on their grave. I’ve had plastic flowers stay in growned thought hurricane and very heavy wind storms sights the Early 1900’s. Wish you would reconcile the judgements. For plastic flower bouquets. That stick in ground. Thank you. Marian [email protected] July 29, 2016 at 6:39 am During Tuesday’s Budget Workshop the appearance of the City’s cemetery was raised by Commissioner Billie Dean.  Linda Goff, Apopka City Clerk, responded to Dean’s comments by advising the Council that the lot decoration rules that were adopted in October 2015 are being enforced and violation notices have been issued.  But many of the notices have been returned as undeliverable.Before removing items not in compliance with the rules the decsion was made to publish the following Public Notice in the local newspapers:*****This is a notice to the general public including families of those buried in the City of Apopka’s Edgewood/Greenwood Cemetery, 141 South Edgewood Drive, Apopka, Florida. Changes to cemetery policies were adopted by Ordinance 2456 on October 21, 2015.Since then, several notices of violations were mailed and returned as undeliverable. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the new cemetery rules and regulations are available on the City’s website or through the City Clerk’s office. The rules and regulations also are included within Chapter 30 of the City of Apopka Code of Ordinances maintained by Municode.Cemetery personnel will remove items from grave spaces that have been placed without prior approval or that are not in compliance with the rules and regulations. For any questions, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 407-703-1704.Linda F. Goff, CMCCity Clerk, City of Apopka*****The October 2015 Ordinance contains the following rules regarding lot decoration:Artificial or fresh cut flowers may be placed in a metal or plastic vase at the top/head of the space at any time. However, they will be discarded when wilted, faded, broken, or anything of a similar nature.Sprays, wreaths and baskets made from fresh cut flowers will be allowed up to two weeks, or when they no longer conform to the decorum of the cemetery, or become a safety hazard.Items placed on cemetery spaces in celebration of a holiday must be removed within ten (10) days following the holiday, with the exception of Christmas which items must be removed within thirty (30) days following the holiday.Fences around burial spaces are strictly prohibited. Fences installed will be removed by the City and may not be replaced.The planting of any kind of trees, vines or shrubs is strictly prohibited without approval of the cemetery personnel.Burial space owners/heirs are responsible for the appearance of their burial space; however, the City reserves the right to regulate the method of decorating burial spaces and reserves the right, without notice, to prohibit, or remove benches, chairs, settees, hanging plant hooks, vases, artificial flowers, ceramic figurines, picture frames containing glass, grave corners, toys, or any articles that do not conform to the decorum or rules and regulations of the cemetery, or becomes a safety hazard. I don’t see how you can pass such a ridiculous ordinance. They sell the plots which are 6ft x 8 ft so that small piece of land does not belong to them. Most people can not afford to pat thousands of dollars on a granite tombstone so would like to make their love one a nice headstone but no they rather have unmarked graves. It needs to change there is a 5 page front and back list of rules on pieces of land that don’t belong to them. Don’t you guys have anything better to do? Fix the roads. Do something that matters. Jeeze! Reply The Anatomy of Fear Reply J My father has been buried there since 2004 I’ll be damned if anyone is going to touch his grave….unless you want your fingers removed..i can arrange that.. July 31, 2016 at 9:23 am 10 COMMENTSlast_img

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