The City of Fernandina Beach has owned and operated the cemetery since as early as 1857, as documented on City plats.
This master plan, directed by the City Comprehensive Plan, ensures that proper stewardship is provided for the care and maintenance of Bosque Bello in the years to come. The plan addresses general care of the cemetery, but also takes into account continued challenges and future needs.
City staff began the master planning process in late summer 2012 by convening a group of interested citizens and stakeholders to assist in creation of the plan. The group accepted different assignments to help complete components of the plan. From late 2013 to early 2014, a survey was opened to the public about their knowledge and usage of the cemetery. The feedback has been helpful in formulating specific goals and policies, as well as methods of engaging the public in the future.
In November 2014, the City held a public workshop on the cemetery master plan process to date and welcomed additional input. Between staff, the working group, survey information and the public workshop, more data has been gathered on the cemetery than has been done before. Ideas, suggestions, and realizations during the process led to many recommendations and associated action items.
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