Florida Matters: The Sinkhole State

Florida Matters: The Sinkhole State
Florida Matters: The Sinkhole State

Imagine leaving for work in the morning and finding out a few hours later that your home and every possession within it has been swallowed by the earth. Sinkholes in Florida make that a real possibility.

This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about sinkholes and what homeowners can do to protect themselves and their property.

Our guests include:

Kevin Guthrie, Pasco County’s Assistant County Administrator for Public Safety. Guthrie has been overseeing efforts to mediate the sinkhole that swallowed two homes in Land O’Lakes on July 14 and eventually destroyed five others.

Dr. Lori Collins, Co-Director of the University of South Florida Library's Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections. Collins is involved in a special partnership between a team of USF scientists and Pasco County to study the Pasco sinkhole and create 3-D models of it to learn from in the future.

Dr. Chuck Nyce, Assistant Professor with the William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program of Risk Management and Insurance at Florida State University. Nyce is involved in a research project that studies sinkhole insurance claims to determine what kind of impact they have on property values.

Special thanks to all our listeners who participated in the discussion both on and off the air.

You can keep the conversation going on our Facebook page, on Twitter or by emailing FloridaMatters@wusf.org.  

Check out the links below to see some 3D models of the Pasco sinkhole created by Dr. Lori Collins and the other members of the USF Libraries research team.

Saxon Lake Sinkhole 3D Laser Scanning Model by University of South Florida Libraries on Sketchfab

Original Broadcast Date: 

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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