That Sinking Feeling

Anyone who has lived in Central Florida knows on some level that it’s basically sinkhole central. The land is comprised mostly of limestone, which is easily dissolved in water, so it gets very porous. That’s fine when those pores are full of water, but in dryer times, they become air pockets, and the walls and ceilings of these pockets can crumble, and the next thing you know, you’re reading about someone’s house disappearing into a massive hole. That’ll ruin your whole day.

house sinkhole

By the way, the county won’t help you in this situation because it’s on private land.

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In my home town of Apopka, Florida, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by some crystal clear springs and a blue sink and a massive lake, all because of that limestone. It’s a beautiful area, and I used to love swimming in those springs every week with my best friend. But should it be so massively developed? Probably not. This is something the realtors don’t like to discuss.

Rock spings

Rock Springs in Apopka, Florida. My old splashing grounds.

About 40 years ago there was a big story in the paper that indicated that the vast majority of Apopka was perched over one enormous potential sinkhole. When I read that, I freaked out. But I seemed to be the only one who did. Because nothing happened. Nothing changed. Nothing further was mentioned. The area is much more developed now than it was then. And if you Google it now, you won’t find anything about this monster hole. But you’ll find lots and lots of stories about smaller sinkholes all over town, one of which swallowed up a lady when she was out walking her dog.

There are just some places in this world that humans aren’t meant to inhabit. Deserts, for example, and huge swaths of California. A big section of Central Florida falls within this category. But we aren’t about to demolish Disney World, now are we? So we look the other way.

When are we going to stop taking more from the land than it can give?

orlando-sinkhole-map

Reported sinkholes in and around Orange County, Florida.

[Image credit: tamparealestate.biz]

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