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14 January 2009

Neptune Memorial Reef, an Underwater Cemetery off the Coast of Florida

Apparently this underwater cemetery has been open for more than a year, but it's news to me.

New Way to be Buried: Underwater Cemetery
Posted by Barbara Hijek
We're talking about an underwater cemetery, according to WTSP.com.

It's called the Neptune Memorial Reef and it's about three miles off the coast of South Beach on Miami Beach in 45 feet of water.

Today, the reef resembles the lost City of Atlantis with its gates, giant lions and columns.

Eventually, it should cover 16 acres with room for 125,000 "placements," says Jim Hutslar, who manages the reef's construction.

It opened in 2007 and "placements" cost about $2,000.

Among its residents: 86-year-old Edith Hink of Naples who passed away last year.
The more in-depth article, linked above via WTSP.com, has some neat photos and a video. So does the cemetery homepage, also linked above.

3 comments:

Janice Tracy said...

Thanks for sharing with us the news of this unusual burial place.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great information! I would not have discovered this otherwise!.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great information! I would not have discovered this otherwise!

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