WINTER PARK, Fla. - Palm Cemetery in Winter Park
said it has hundreds of unused plots, and plans to begin selling them soon if owners don't come forward.
Scott Hora is director of a community funeral home in Orlando.
"I've never heard of such a thing. It seems like there would be some backlash from the community because of that," Hora said.
In the coming
Florida state statute allows the city to reclaim the space if no one comes forward to use it as a final resting place.
At Palm Cemetery, there are 225 vacant plots that haven't been spoken for in ages.
One person was buried in California years ago and has a spot at Palm Cemetery that can now be taken.
A woman died in 1923 and had five plots that have gone unused for 90 years.
The plots will be taken over by the city and sold for $5,000.
All 225 unused plots could bring in $1.1 million for Winter Park.
Officials said the money generated from the unused plots will go back into the cemetery for upkeep.