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South Florida Information Access / U.S. Geological Survey

The sinkhole that opened up under a Seffner man’s bedroom killing him and leading to the home’s demolition has claimed two more victims.

Engineering consultants, hired by Hillsborough County, have examined two neighboring houses and concluded the soil under their foundations is unstable so those structures are susceptible to sinkholes as well.

Additionally, the experts determined that fixing the unstable ground would cost more than 50 percent of the homes’ value.

Larry Richardson / fws.gov

When the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly turned over its authority to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last year, Florida became the only state with the power to green-light activities that harm its most vulnerable species without federal review.

The Epoch Times

Let's face it, mulching can be a tedious job. So anything that breaks it up can be a welcome sight. 

But one Florida man got more than he bargained for in one of his bags of mulch. A baby squirrel.

According to The Epoch Times, the man goes by the name Nadtacular on Reddit.

For the third time in less than a month, a possible sinkhole has developed in Seffner. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue found soft soil around the home, and a sampling crew will test the area Wednesday.

New Case in EEE Mosquito Virus in Hillsborough County

Mar 25, 2013
Courtesy of Purdue University

Hillsborough County is seeing its first mosquito borne Eastern equine encephalitis case in three years.

The Hillsborough County Health Department says one person was infected with the virus in the northwest part of the county earlier this month. It says that person is recovering well.

The $81 million bridge, scheduled to open to daily traffic in a few weeks, ranks among the most significant Everglades projects to date. It sets the stage for the first breach later this year of a historic road that has been far more than just a lime rock-and-asphalt barrier to reviving the shrunken, struggling River of Grass. The effort to get more water under the bumpy two-lane black top, originally launched by Congress in 1989, has encapsulated all the numbing delays, doubts and disputes that have dogged the broader plans to restore the Everglades.

Unlucky No. 7: 7th Panther Death this Year

Mar 18, 2013

The seventh panther to die this year was hit by a vehicle and was found on Saturday in South Florida.

 The state of Florida and the U.S. Department of Environmental Regulation have come to an agreement today on "numeric criteria" that is aimed at stemming the degradation of Florida's springs, rivers and waterways because of high levels of nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen.

FWC

You may have seen them on the beach, getting lovey-dovey in broad daylight. Perhaps you did your best to look away.

But we’re not talking about college kids having a spring break fling.

We’re talking about horseshoe crabs.

A possible sinkhole caused extensive cracking at a Palm Harbor home Tuesday morning, according to Fire Rescue. Those inside the home were evacuated. The incident was first reported around 9 a.m. at 114 Harbor Drive. According to a statement from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, "initial reports show extensive cracking on the interior and exterior of the home."

This is a picture of Tony Little:

And now, so is this:

Before you call your optometrist, allow us to explain.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., recently celebrated the birth of an extremely rare dama gazelle. The creature is considered a critically endangered specias; only a few hundred of the creatures live in the wild of Chad, Niger and Mali. So this was a big deal.

And here's where things get really interesting, as demonstrated by this expert from a press release we received:

House Being Demolished Over Seffner Sinkhole

Mar 4, 2013

Authorities hope to get a better look at a sinkhole that swallowed a man in his Seffner home once demolition crews knock down the remaining walls of the house today and begin clearing away the debris.

The grim work continues at a home near Tampa, Fla., where a man apparently died last week when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom.

Stephen Glass Photography

Almost 600 people braved the coldest day of the year to watch how four explorers traversed the natural heart of Florida to show a wildlife corridor could still be done in the 21st century.

Demolition of Seffner Sinkhole Home Begins

Mar 3, 2013

A backhoe with an extended hydraulic arm parked some 40 feet away from the stricken home and began tearing at the small cinderblock and wood house Sunday morning as relatives of Jeffrey Bush, presumed dead, watched from across the street. Little by little, the inside of the home was revealed to the family, which hugged each other and wept at times, and to the throng of onlookers. The demolition stopped just over two hours after it began. Crews planned to erect a fence around the half-standing home, and said they would return Monday morning to keep working.

Why Do Sinkholes Form in Florida?

Mar 2, 2013

The sinkhole that swallowed a man sleeping in his Seffner home has spawned concern over why these natural occurrences take place. Here's a few reasons provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Geological Survey.

Facts about sinkholes in Florida:

Rescuers See "No Signs" Of Man Trapped In Sinkhole

Mar 1, 2013

Rescuers are trying to figure out how to reach a man who disappeared into a sinkhole that opened up under his bedroom last night. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials say they can see “no signs” of Jeffery Bush, and had to halt the rescue operation until engineers could stabilize the hole. The hole is thought to be at least 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep.

South Florida Information Access / U.S. Geological Survey

Hillsborough County Deputy Douglas Duvall saved one man from a sinkhole that developed inside the bedroom of a Seffner home, but another is believed still buried.

Duvall responded to a call about a sinkhole Thursday night. He entered the bedroom as the sinkhole was collapsing - having swallowed up a bed, dress and victim. He said the scene was a little bit scary.

The deputy was able to rescue one man - reaching down and pulling him out by the hand. The man, according to Duvall, was attempting to find his brother in the rubble of the sinkhole.

New Tampa Opens Up New Bridge

Feb 27, 2013

It's not even a mile long, but the New Tampa Boulevard Bridge may go a long way toward relieving traffic congestion on Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa.  

The bridge crosses over Interstate 75 connecting Commerce Park Boulevard in the Tampa Palms community with New Tampa Boulevard in the West Meadows community- behind the Muvico Movie Theatre.

Water Restrictions Increased in Tampa Bay Area

Feb 26, 2013

Despite the rains and heavy storms driving through the area today, it's not enough to keep the underground aquifer filled.

That's what the board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District decided today, moving to increase water restrictions.

Here's the word from SWFMUD:

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