State closes funeral home after complaints


Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:23 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- State regulators have ordered a St. Petersburg funeral home to immediately stop performing services that involve embalming or refrigeration.

The order came last week from Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who oversees the department that licenses and regulates the funeral and cemetery industry. Two families filed complaints, saying they saw fly larvae, or maggots, on their deceased loved ones' bodies, and that a foul odor emanated from the bodies during funerals. The Division of Cemetery, Funeral and Consumer Services will investigate the complaints.

Funeral home director Lisa Speights told the St. Petersburg Times on Monday that she was not closing down.

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