PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Pasco County Emergency Management is monitoring the depression on Spring Haven Boulevard in New Port Richey, which is still active and grew another 3 feet overnight. The hole is now about 38 feet wide and is estimated to be 70 feet deep.
Spring Haven Blvd. remains closed, along with the Varsity Club Sports Bar, which Pasco County Building Services has deemed unsafe due to its proximity to the hole.
Emergency Management conducted an initial assessment of the depression immediately after the county was notified Monday, October 5 around 9:15 a.m., and the county is conducting follow-up site visits several times a day. While the size of the hole continues to increase, there are no life-safety concerns at this time.
The depression is on private property, affecting both the restaurant property and the Spring Haven HOA. Both affected property owners have hired engineering firms. As a reminder, a private contractor will have to determine the cause of the depression.
In the interest of public safety, Pasco County has erected a chain-link fence around the depression and is urging everyone to avoid the area.