Lack of manpower proves detrimental to Panama City's cemetery restoration efforts

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In the wake of Hurricane Michael, most people have focused on rebuilding their homes, businesses, and lives.

A gravestone at Greenwood Cemetery. (WJHG/WECP)

Many people haven't thought about who's taking care of the places where people who have passed away rest.

The public cemeteries in Panama City have fallen into disrepair, primarily due to a lack of people to help maintain them. The city is putting out a contract for a landscaping firm to assist with the work, as they are unable to find enough people to help them now.

The city has around 40-80 dead or dying trees to remove, in addition to the weeding, mowing, and clean-up of recent vandalism.

Still, Panama City is committed to restoring these hallowed grounds, and showing those interred in them the respect they deserve.