State geologist confirms 16-foot sinkhole in Pasco neighborhood

Pasco County

A state geologist has confirmed the depression that opened up in a Pasco County neighborhood is a sinkhole.

Pasco County officials showed up Tuesday to measure the hole and say it did not grow overnight, despite heavy rainfall.

So far, people who live in five homes in the Caribbean Estates Mobile Home Park in the Moon Lake area have been told to leave because of safety concerns.

The inspector could decide to red tag more homes Tuesday.

“There is a fear that she might lose everything,” said Joanne Gosselin, whose mother lives right next to the home and was asked to leave. “It’s close to an air conditioning unit,” she said.

Drone 8 flew above the hole that sits behind two homes. It is 16 feet by 16 feet and is about 10 feet deep.

The depression comes almost a year after a giant sinkhole devoured homes in Land O’ Lakes.

Those images are fresh in the residents’ minds.

“It’s scary. I mean, we, these homes are so old you can’t get insurance on ’em. So if anything happens, you’re on your own. It’s not like a home, these mobile homes, they sink, it’s gone,” said Lois Scott.

While the homes are individually owned, the land itself belongs to the owner of the Caribbean Estates Mobile Home Park.

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