TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet are letting university researchers identify human remains at a defunct reform school.
Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday approved a permit that will allow University of South Florida researchers to exhume bodies buried at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
The vote drew a round of applause from former students of the reform school in the audience.
State officials said in July that they lacked the legal authority to grant the evacuation of the site located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee.
Attorney General Pam Bondi pushed to get the Cabinet to take up the permit request.
USF researchers have stated previously there are children who died at the school whose remains have been not been located.