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Meetings in Pasco County to discuss sinkhole in Lake Pagett Estates

Posted at 6:45 PM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 05:36:00-05

Months after a sinkhole opened up in a Pasco County neighborhood, swallowing a chunk of road and condemning multiple homes, the county is talking about what to do there now. 

The sinkhole in Lake Padgett Estates first opened up in July. 

Some of the neighbors' biggest concerns from Saturday's meeting include how much it will cost to fix the sinkhole and who is paying for it. 

About 150 people showed up to Saturday's meeting. The assistant county administrator said there were two popular ideas to fix the sinkhole.

One, includes fixing the road, restoring it to the way it was, with water on either side and a fence around both bodies of water. That cost estimate is around $800,000.

The other popular idea is to fill the sinkhole and completely restore it, without water there, but that price estimate is significantly more, between $8 million and $12 million. 

Two other ideas involved building cul de sacs and connecting the sinkhole to the lake.  

"It seems to me it’s pretty obvious that since the county is responsible for the roads and the road is broke that the county would be responsible to fix the road and that is of all  the options on the table the most sensible to me,” neighbor Charlie Venator said. 

The assistant county administrator said nothing can be decided without the two property owners directly affected by the sinkhole. 

All of the thoughts shared at Saturday's meeting will go to the board of county commission. Next, the county will get a geotechnical survey done. Those results will be given within 45 days. 

The assistant county administrator said it could be six to eight months before there is a road in the sinkhole's place, if a road can be built. 

There is another meeting Wednesday at the Land O' Lakes Community Center at 7:00 p.m. in activity room 1.