Gators ask legislature for gravesite permission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Call it a Gator graveyard.

The University of Florida wants to build a columbarium on its
Gainesville campus.

That's a structure with niches for the ashes of alumni - but there's a catch.

Without the blessing of state lawmakers, the idea itself is dead.

A bill that would keep the project alive passed its first committee Wednesday.

Right now, to build a columbarium the university would have to
be licensed as a cemetery.

But the state's oldest and largest university wouldn't qualify because new Florida cemeteries have to have a minimum of 30 acres set aside for burials.

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