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Mount Olive Cemetery back in disarray

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Updated: 9/20/2013 7:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Headstones are toppled over. Grass is overgrown. According to the people who live around 45th and Moncrief, it's been that way for years.

"They don't have a voice for themselves. I have no problem being a voice for the families and everybody else that's buried there," Bracy Taylor said.

We first introduced you to Taylor a couple of months ago. His father is buried out there, but because of the condition of the cemetery, he doesn't know where.

We pressed the city about the upkeep and got results the next day. Crews chopped down dead trees, cut the grass and cleared away debris. But now Taylor said the same old problems are back.

"It's almost borderline insulting that nothing else has been done out here. I think it's disrespectful."

We went back to the city and asked about long-term care. According to the Parks and Rec Department, staff will be maintaining fallen limbs and tree debris on a monthly basis. We were also told a mowing contract will be in place by October.

For the sake of his father and the others buried out there, Taylor hopes so. He believes a final resting place should be one of peace not chaos.

"It should be a line item. It should be taken care of. It should be addressed. Think it should be taken care of immediately," he said.

The city of Jacksonville has $14,500 allocated to Mount Olive Cemetery. About $7,400 of that has already been used on replacing five vault lids, replacing two dead trees and filling a number of holes.
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