Sinkhole Develops In Winter Haven Publix Parking Lot

Winter Haven officials and shoppers look over the sink hole that developed in the parking lot in front of a Publix Thursday. (Calvin Knight/ The Ledger)

Winter Haven officials and shoppers look over the sink hole that developed in the parking lot in front of a Publix Thursday. (Calvin Knight/ The Ledger)

Written by: Miles Parks and Cody Dulaney

WINTER HAVEN | Clare Barroso stared at the spot where at 5:45 a.m. she had parked her gold Jeep.

“All my life,” she said, gently touching the yellow police tape, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

What was once a section of a large parking lot was now a pond of black concrete that seemed to be slowly rippling from the center of the earth.

Barroso moved her car before all that though, when the sinkhole at 6031 Cypress Gardens Blvd. was showing itself only as lumps in the lot. Barroso is an employee at Kmart in the shopping center known as Winter Haven Square, which is across the street from Legoland.

A still-expanding sinkhole closed three shops at the plaza Thursday, and was estimated at 70 feet wide and 15 feet deep in the afternoon

“I was scared to even go move (the car),” Barroso said pointing across the lot. “I moved it way over there.”

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared on page B1 of The Ledger.

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