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Conduct of Persons

Clothing and Costumes:

Clothing should be respectful to the customers and visitors of the cemetery. Formal and semi-formal dress, uniforms and period dress are appropriate attire for historical tours and special events. Theatrical costumes and makeup representing clowns, ghosts, goblins, ogres, trolls, witches, werewolves, vampires, zombies, monsters and disfigured humans are inappropriate attire for cemeteries. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Bathing suits or clothing with offensive prints or designs are not allowed.

 

Firearms

No firearms shall be permitted within the Cemeteries except in connection with a military funeral or similar occasion, by law enforcement officers, or by special permit from the Director of Cemeteries.

 

Alcohol

No beer, wine, liquor, or other alcoholic products are permitted within the Cemetery grounds. No intoxicated or otherwise disorderly persons will be permitted on the grounds.

 

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in any building or structure within the Cemeteries or within fifty (50) feet of any fuel container. Cigarette butts shall be removed from the cemetery by the smoker. Littering is not allowed.

 

Children

No person under the age of 16 shall be permitted into the Cemetery without the direct supervision of a responsible adult.

 

Advertising and Solicitation

No person shall bring into the Cemetery, or display therein, any sign of any advertising nature other than those normally placed on vehicles, uniforms or tents. No solicitations for work of any kind shall be allowed

 

Waste Disposal

Visitors should use established containers for the disposal of rubbish, waste and debris. Littering is prohibited. Lot owners may place vegetative waste from lot outside of the lot on road shoulder to be picked up by maintenance personnel.

 

Noise

Loud conversation or offensive language are not permitted. No audio equipment may be used without permission of the Director of Cemeteries. The playing of radios, digital audio players or other noise making devices is not permitted on cemetery grounds. All persons in the immediate vicinity of an interment must cease operations and remain quiet during the conducting of services.

 

Intrusion

Casual visitors to the cemetery, who are not members of a funeral procession or party, may not intrude upon a funeral party or loiter about an open grave. Any persons or vehicles in close proximity to a funeral service that are not a part of the service should leave at once. Vehicles or equipment should not operate within sight of a funeral service.

 

Athletic Events

No person shall engage in any athletic event or competition while on cemetery grounds.

 

Horeseplay

 

All cemetery visitors must conduct themselves in a respectable manner. Horseplay is prohibited. Persons must not jump out at, scream at or deliberately scare or startle any other cemetery visitor.

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Treasure Hunting

Treasure hunting is not allowed. Metal detectors are prohibited except for surveying and locating utilities. No artifacts are to be removed from the cemeteries without the permission of the Director of Cemeteries.

 

Open Flames

Fire hazard is generally high in the municipal cemeteries. Debris burning, bonfires, lighted candles, torches or open flames of any type are not allowed without the permission of the Director of Cemeteries.

 

Animals

All pets must be held firmly on a leash held by a person while in the cemeteries. No animals, except seeing-eye dogs, shall be allowed in any of the cemetery buildings, without the written permission of the Director of Cemeteries. The owner or keeper of any animal which trespasses upon the cemetery grounds shall be liable for any damage caused by said animal. The City shall not be liable for any damage done by animals and does not assume responsibility for keeping animals out of the cemeteries. No horses or large animals are allowed in the cemetery without written permission from the
Director of Cemeteries.

 

Sacrilegious Conduct

 

Cemeteries are considered sacred places and various cultural or religious rituals are frequently associated with interment and memorial services. No person or persons shall engage or participate in any voodoo, witchcraft, Wicca, black magic, satanic or occult rituals, or any other sacrilegious conduct while in a municipal cemetery.

 

Respect for Property of Others

No person or persons shall sit or lean on monuments, markers or statues. Any person who causes damage, either intentionally or unintentionally, to public or private property will be held accountable for that damage.

 

Vehicle Size Restrictions

Vehicles over thirty-five (35) feet in length or over twelve (12) feet in height shall not be permitted in Bonaventure or Greenwich Cemeteries. Vehicles over twenty-five (25) feet in length shall not be permitted in Laurel Grove North or Laurel Grove South Cemeteries. Trailers or combination type vehicles shall not be permitted on cemetery property. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Cemeteries.