A Boca Raton firm has apparently resurrected its proposal to do research on freezing dead humans for possible later revival.
Suspended Animation Inc. has notified local officials that it will present its proposal to the City Council at a hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
Planning and Zoning Director Carmen Annunziato said he has received a letter from Suspended Animation’s attorney saying she will attend Tuesday’s hearing and a presentation will be made.
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Two City Council members told the News in interviews late last year that they had heard the firm was going to pull out after receiving a unanimous rejection vote from the Planning & Zoning Board following a public hearing last November.
The News contacted the company last week, but was told that President David Shumaker and Chief Operating Officer David Hayes were out of town, and would be for several weeks – including this week.
A call to the firm’s lawyer was not returned.
In addition to the thumbs-down recommendation from the P&Z; Board, Suspended Animation’s proposal has been soundly protested by animal rights activists who demonstrated outside City Hall the night of the Planning & Zoning hearing.
“Cryopreservation” is a process of extreme low-temperature freezing of bodies for eventual reawakening.
In its application filed at City Hall, the firm says most of its work – some 95 percent – will be in research on the cryopreservation process.
The fact that Suspended Animation would be using rats and previously euthanized dogs in its experiments has raised the ire the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) which organized the protest.
Also weighing in on the negative side is City Manager Leif Ahnell. In a letter going to the council in advance of Tuesday’s hearing, he is recommending rejecting the request for a conditional use permit for the research and testing facility at 1082 Rogers Circle in the South Congress Industrial Center.
Ahnell said human cryopreservation is not permissible in the zoning district where the building is located.
Also, he said, the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers requires the firm to file for licensing unless it receives an exemption from the state legislature.
The city manager also said he does not know how the state will regulate the body-freezing industry.
In an earlier interview with the News, Shumaker said Suspended Animation wants to research how to slow tissue growth with extreme cold so that a body can be frozen now and thawed later. It is not a revival, he said, so much as a restoration of life processes.
“This is being done right now on a tissue and organ level,” he said. “But we haven’t been able to do it with an entire organism.”
The idea of freezing bodies gained new recognition when retired Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams was put on ice following his death.
Shumaker said about 1,000 people have signed up to be frozen.
The application said the firm’s building will remain virtually unchanged. Plans call for the creation of a couple of labs and a preparation room inside, but nothing that would change the exterior.
The Life Extension Foundation of Fort Lauderdale funds Suspended Animation Inc., its application says, and 5300 Palisades Avenue Association LLC of New Jersey owns it.