Bill would allow Penfield Reef lighthouse to house cremated human remains

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A bill in favor of storing cremated remains in the historic Penfield Reef lighthouse in Fairfield is coming up in this legislative session.

The lighthouse was built in 1874, but has been abandoned for some time and even took a beating during Hurricane Sandy.

The Coast Guard conducted $1 million in repairs since then, and supporters of the bill say storing cremated remains inside the abandoned lighthouse will be an important way to preserve the structure. They also say it will be a good way to keep the lighthouse going financially.

Julie Cammarata, of Cammarata Government Affairs, supports the bill.

"It conjures up an image of their favorite place, which was out by the ocean," said Cammarata. "This is a way to do that and to still have some physical presence where family members could come."

Cammarata says people won't be allowed in the lighthouse to visit.

The bill failed in the state Senate last year, but could pass this spring.

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