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Sinkholes are notoriously frequent in the Tampa Bay area, where one man suffered a dramatic end.
In March, a 50-foot-deep sinkhole swallowed 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush while he was sleeping inside his home. The home was condemned and Bush was declared dead.
Officials investigated a possible sinkhole at a Winter Park, Fla., home in June after the homeowner's pool cracked and shifted in the ground. The hole - 40 to 50 feet wide and 30 to 40 feet deep - stabilized and was just feet from Lake Killarney.
That hole is only 1 1/2 miles from the infamous 1981 Winter Park sinkhole that swallowed a car dealership and home in its 320-foot-wide and 90-foot-deep opening.
Three years ago, sinkholes collapsed lanes of U.S. Highway 27 in east Polk County. And several years before that, a sinkhole that opened up on Scott Lake swallowed enough water to make the shoreline recede dramatically in a Lakeland-area exclusive neighborhood.
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