Construction soon on safety improvements at sinkhole

Construction on two turn-around driveways to ease traffic flow at the site of a sinkhole in Lake Padgett Estates is expected to be done by this fall. The sinkhole opened up on July 14, 2017, causing extensive damage. It split Ocean Pines Drive into two segments, swallowed two houses, a motorcycle and a boat, and caused seven houses in the area to be condemned. Pasco County is in initial … [Read more...]

Sinkhole to get turnarounds and a fence

Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O’ Lakes. The county plans to build two “hammerhead” turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is … [Read more...]

Sinkhole solution down to three options

Pasco County is inching closer to resolving the massive sinkhole that swallowed two houses in Lake Padgett Estates more than eight months ago. Public Safety officials and county engineers are down to three recommendations on the long-term recovery efforts at the sinkhole site on Ocean Pines Drive: Option No. 1: Install a 6-foot tall “wrought-iron style” decorative fence and access gate … [Read more...]

Sinkhole response: Fence and landscaping?

Pasco County likely will opt to close off a sinkhole that swallowed two houses in Lake Padgett Estates with a fence and landscaping, to mimic, as much as possible, the appearance of a retention pond. Consultants say that other options, including rebuilding Ocean Pines Drive, would risk additional environmental damage. Consultants also recommend against building cul-de-sacs near the sinkhole, … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Pasco County looks at costs to fix Lake Padgett sinkhole

Restoring the site of a sinkhole within the Lake Padgett Estates subdivision to “pristine” condition would cost as much as $12 million. That idea was a non-starter for the Pasco County commissioners who reviewed a list of options on what to do next. They also rejected a suggestion for a $4 million bridge to span the sinkhole, and keep traffic flowing along Ocean Pines Drive. The sinkhole … [Read more...]

Lending sinkhole victims a hand

Penny Foote felt the need to help families — after the largest sinkhole in Pasco County history opened July 14 on Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’ Lakes. “When I saw the two homes go in, my heart hit the floor,” Foote said. “I knew we had to do something and try to pull people together because it could’ve happened to anybody, even me.” That same day, Foote created the Lake Padgett Families … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes revives Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes used to operate independently. Then, the club merged with the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon, and now the Land O’ Lakes group has become a satellite club of the Wesley Chapel group. As the Land O’ Lakes group gains strength, it plans to become a stand-alone club again, said Terri Dusek, who chairs the committee for the current satellite group. The … [Read more...]