The membership of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at a regular meeting of this church on Februay 12, 2014, voted to adopt the following policy for the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, a private cemetery in Walton County, Florida.
1. All requests for burial in the cemetery should be made in writing to the Cemetery Committee or their successors. Forms are available at the church office, on-line at www.thePRBC.org, in a mailbox hanging on the fence at the front gate of the cemetery.
2. The Cemetery Committee will screen all burial requests to insure compliance with the church policy.
3. Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church does not “sell” burial plots-so deeds are not issued for plots. For this reason, assigned plots are not transferable. If a family no longer needs the space approved for their use, the Cemetery Committee will be notified and will re-assign plots as needed for use, insuring compliance with current church policy.
4. A one-time maintenance fee of $300 will apply for each church member buried and $500 for each non-member buried [unless a one-time maintenance fee was paid prior to November 12, 2012, for each individual burial plot.] Membership status will be determined at the time of death.
5. Maintenance fees will be paid prior to burial and they are not refundable. If a family would like donations made to help pay for this fee, they should request that gifts be sent directly to them. Because of IRS rules concerning tax deductible contributions, memorials given to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church cannot be used to reimburse a family.
6. A member of the Cemetery Committee will oversee the installation of all permanent markers and coping within the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery to insure that no encroaching occurs. Without this appropriate oversight, markers will be removed without further notification - at the expense of the family.
7. Within 30 days after a plot is assigned, the family will provide four (4) concrete or other permanent markers with the initial of their last name indicated and place according to policy restrictions. Coping around the entire plot is preferred.
8. A vault is required for all burials in the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
9. Planting shrubbery and trees is prohibited in the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
10. This private cemetery will not allow any decorations on graves that are inconsistent with Christian ideals and principles and/or military branches of the United States Government. (i.e.: no satanic symbols or emblems will be allowed to decorate graves.)
11. Burial plots in the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Cemetery will be only for human remains.
12. For the portion of the cemetery in use prior to December 2012 (approximately 3 acres): a. Church policy will restrict use to active members and close relatives.
b. Those with an existing family plot on December 12, 2012, will determine who will be buried in their family plot. The family member who has the family plot on record with the Cemetery Committee will need to send a written request/notice form to the committee stating who is to be buried, noting their current Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church membership status.
13. For the portion of the cemetery purchased in December 2012 (2 acres): a. Church policy will restrict burials to only active members and their immediate family. Immediate family will include only the spouse and dependent children of an active church member.
b. Church members need to contact a member of the cemetery committee to secure a location for burial plot markers and follow the church policy concerning placement, etc. noted above.
c. A family burial plot in this area will normally consist of two (2) single plots.
d. A single burial plot will be 5 feet by 10 feet; a double burial plot 10 feet by 10 feet; etc.
14. The Church authorizes the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery Committee to establish the procedures necessary to enforce these new polices.
a. Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church has authorized the active Cemetery Committee to spend or authorize the expenditure of monies designated for the Cemetery Fund.
b. Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church has authorized the Cemetery Committee to make final decisions on the day-to-day operations of the cemetery – including settling disputes.
15. When Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church decides to update or change the policies governing the use of its private cemetery, it will be done by a majority vote at a business meeting. Only those authorized according to the bylaws of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church will be able to vote. If recording the policy is necessary, it will be executed by two (2) officers and filed in the official records at the Walton County Courthouse and will supersede any existing policies.