Disappearing Florida: The Risks of Sinkholes in the Sunshine State

by Emily Holbrook on March 4, 2013 · 4 comments

Most everyone has now heard the story that developed late last week — the story of Jeffrey Bush who was asleep in his bedroom when he was swallowed up by a sinkhole. The 37-year-old, along with everything in his bedroom, disappeared in what has become a frequent occurrence in Florida. According to recent research from CoreLogic:

  • There are 16 verified sinkholes located within a mile of the affected address
  • There are approximately 15,000 verified sinkholes in Florida
  • Pasco County has the largest number of verified sinkholes at 6,174
  • The city of Springhill in Hernando County has the largest number of verified sinkholes at 3,145
  • Florida has the largest number of sinkholes in the U.S.

The company also released this map, which shows sinkholes throughout the state of Florida:

The following map illustrates the location of verified sinkholes in close proximity to affected property:

The following video explains what exactly a sinkhole is. It also shows footage of the famous Winter Park, Florida sinkhole that appeared in 1981 and immediately made headlines. The giant hole spanned 300 feet across and 100 feet deep right — in the middle of town, swallowing an import car dealership, a public pool and large portions of Denning Drive.

 

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Emily Holbrook is the executive managing editor for National Underwriter Life & Health and the former editor of the Risk Management Monitor and Risk Management magazine. You can read more of her writings at EmilyHolbrook.com.

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black March 5, 2013 at 6:49 am

Florida is going to fall off the face of the earth

M.T. March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

In the same vein, there is a huge cover-up on Florida coastlines disappearing. I know folks selling land there who hauled in tons of earth, so that it wouldn’t appear to be sinking by a foot/water rising by a foot. The future Navy map, and the Edgar Cayce maps each have no Florida.

Stefanie Schatzman June 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

I live in Pasco County, FL. Our subdivision is off U.S. 41 about 4 miles north of SR 52. Lago Verde Mine abuts our subdivision and is a sand mine. On May 7, 2013, Commissioners Mulieri, Schrader, Starkey, and Wilson approved the mine to blast limestone up to 3 times a month for 15 years. Even with our area being in the cone of influence of Cross Bar Wellfield. Cross Bar Wellfield has been pumping millions of gallons of water per day from our area since 1980. Even with the reduced pumping due to the Water Wars, it still pumps on average 400 million gallons of water from our area each month (and sends the water to Pinellas County). The water table in this area is greatly reduced due to the years of groundwater pumping. We have lost all our lakes and ponds…except Lake Loyce and Monsees Pond, which are augmented. We presented two 6″ binders full of scientific data and expert reports and still four commissioners turned their back on the community and approved the limestone blasting permit. We are afraid we are doomed to devalued properties, sinkholes, noise from trucks, crushers, conveyors, dust, contaminated wells. How could those four Commissioners sell us out????

Steph August 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

That is so sad to hear 4 commissioner can over throw more than enough proof and data away. To what? To be the ones to make the biggest Buck. Sooner or later within the next few years to a decade these people will realize that the dollar has no value and most certainly will show soon. This is the reason the New Madrid fault line will awaken and their pretty lil houses they live in will be destroyed not in fault of mother nature. But the fault of greed.

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