A sinkhole opened up Friday close to where a 75-foot wide sinkhole appeared three months ago, according to a Fox News report.
Local residents expressed relief to a FOX 13 Tampa Bay reporter, noting the recent sinkhole was notably smaller than the one that appeared in June.
Polk County representatives informed reporters the new sinkhole, located off Scott Lake Road and Aiden Lane, measures 50 feet in width and 12 feet in depth.
The sinkhole is situated on private property and does not present immediate danger to the nearby county road or residential structures, the report noted.
The earlier sinkhole was situated along Scott Lake Road, just south of Fitzgerald Road in the southern part of Lakeland, according to the Fox report.
Officials at the time speculated the sinkhole’s formation might have been influenced by a well that had been drilled on the site. That sinkhole, filled with topsoil, is now covered by vegetation, according to a report from The Ledger of Lakeland.
The new 50-feet-wide, 12-feet deep sinkhole was reported Friday and was scheduled to be filled with soil by contractors, according to Fox News.
Both sinkholes are located on land owned by Acres at Scott Lake LLC, the report noted, adding the company is owned by Lakeland residents Debra and Joseph Kedzuf.
According to state records obtained by The Ledger, documents submitted to the county indicate that there are plans to develop a six-home subdivision on the 10-acre property.
One local resident voiced her concerns to a Ledger reporter, stating “she does not think there should be construction in that area.”