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The Santa Maria Cemetery District will conduct its next grounds cleanup Feb. 5 through 9.

The public is asked to remove any flowers that they would like to save from their loved one's graves by Feb. 4, said Becky Badenell, cemetery manager.

During the cleanup, cemetery personnel will remove all items, including fresh and artificial flowers, flags, balloons and stakes.

Throughout the year, all flowers must be kept in the vases of headstones at all times, according to cemetery rules. Items in violation will be removed.

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Any objects that protrude into the mowing area also will be removed from gravesites.

No plantings, balloons, stakes, glass, fences or barricades are allowed at the graves or in the surrounding trees.

Flower requirements are posted on the grounds.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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