Pasco County holds meeting on what to do with sinkhole site

Officials held the first of two meetings on what to do about the massive sinkhole.

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. – Pasco County officials are holding the first of two meetings this month on what to do with the Lake Padgett Estates neighborhood ravaged by a sinkhole.

The second meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake O’Lakes Community Center at 5401 Land Blvd.

Pasco County public infrastructure and public safety staff will present options for what to do with the site based on feedback from county commissioners, engineers and USF geologists.

On July 14, the sinkhole opened up behind a home on Oceans Pine Drive. Crews estimated the hole grew to 260 feet across and about 50 feet deep, swallowing several homes.

Dozens of people attended Saturday's meeting. The two most popular plans discussed Saturday: Repaving the washed-out road and putting barriers on each side, or removing the water, filling the hole and repaving the whole site.

The second plan could cost between $8 million -$12 million, officials said.

Another option: Creating two cul-de-sacs connecting the pond created by the sinkhole to two nearby lakes.

The property owners of the affected land will have input into what happens next.

The sinkhole destroyed seven homes in the Lake Padgett Estates neighborhood.

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Photos: Sinkhole swallows homes in Pasco County

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