Loved ones want to know why Royal Palms cemetery owner sitll allowed to operate

Cemetery neglect case drags on

It's been two months since the department of financial services charged cliff work with dozens of violations at all three of his cemeteries. Now loved ones of those buried there are asking what's next.

Albert Proctor and his sister Debbie say three generations of their family lie at Royal Palm South. They include grand parents, parents and a nephew.

Not long ago Albert buried his 47 year old son here. Now the Proctor's and other loved ones  want to know what the state is going to do about years of documented neglect they say has gone uncorrected.

In February just days after the I team exposed the cemeteries' troubled past the Department of Financial Services charged Cliff Work with dozens of violations at all of his properties, Royal Palm North and South, Sarasota Memorial and Bradenton Funeral Home. 

The state accused Work of failing to hold up his end of a 2011 settlement agreement  in which he agreed to pay fines and correct problems that included maintenance and missing burial records.

Cliff Work refused to speak with us but his attorney has filed for an administrative  hearing to dispute the charges. In an email she told us.

"The administrative complaints.... contain many allegations that have been long since resolved.  Inasmuch,  the respondent has disputed most of the factual allegations of the administrative complaint."

But those who visit the cemeteries say they've seen no improvement..

So far no hearing date has been set and the Department of Financial Services offers no explanation other than to say these cases take time. Cliff Work faces the possible loss of his license and or fines up to 5000 per violation.



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