Posted by: rainworks | December 31, 2010

Sinkholes Created by Agriculture and Developements: SOLUTIONS

County offers grants for sinkhole-damaged homes

Staff file photo by GEORGE H. NEWMANFL Homes Sinkhole

A number of homes were damaged by sinkholes in early 2010 in the Plant City area.

By GEORGE H. NEWMAN | The Tampa Tribune

Published: December 31, 2010

PLANT CITY – Homeowners whose homes were damaged by sinkholes in early 2010 can apply through March 31 for a grant from Hillsborough County.

The grant provides qualified homeowners in the county with financial assistance for sinkhole related damage done from January through March 2010. The maximum grant award is $3,000.

Only the property owner of record at the time of the sinkhole damage is eligible to receive assistance.

Application packets can be picked up at the Hillsborough County Family & Aging Services Department at the Plant City Neighborhood Service Center, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2, in Plant City. To apply by telephone, call (813) 757-3871 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  (813) 757-3871end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 201.

For details, call Stephen Gran, Hillsborough County manager, agriculture industry development, at (813) 272-5506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   (813) 272-5506      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Dozens of sinkholes were reported in the Plant City-Dover area after growers pumped an estimated 1 billion gallons of water a day in January 2010 to protect tender crops.


Posted by (TampaNative74) on 12/31/2010 at 07:24 am.

I do not think the homeowners out in Plant City have sink hole coverage on the insurance because typically it would not be a problem in the water level did not go so low in the winter because of the farmers using so much. If the home owner cannot get sink hole coverage then they cannot use their insurance for any damage. It really is a catch 22 here. Farmers need the water to protect crops (I grew up in a farming community house out there, but not one use the water like they do), but the rest of the community deserves their homes & families to be protected and the use of water to be there and not dried up because wells have gone dry.

A good plan that works for everyone needs to be devised and quickly. It should not be at the homeowners expense though because they are not the ones using excessive water causing any problems.


Posted by (Kurogane) on 12/31/2010 at 07:27 am.

East Hillsborough county has grown strawberries long before many of the houses with sinkholes were built. If the berry farmers are forced to pay millions in claims they’re going to be forced out of business. Imagine all of the farming land developed into housing. Our water shortage will seem like nothing now compare with thousands of new houses with pools to supply.

Bloggers Comments (Real Top Down):

Certain States and Communities in the USA offer homeowners either tax incentives or even flat-out grants for homeowners to implement a Rain Water Harvesting system, which includes the purchase of a 1500-3000 gallon cistern, (this is beyond simple rain barrels).  In addition, some States offer local industries up to $40,000.00 for Rain Water Harvesting to reduce the use of Municipal drinking water infrastructures.

A possible solution would be to use the grant money as a pre-emptive strike to the sinkhole problem by implementing Rain Water Capture for the individual homeowners clean water supply, which then discharges the used water into the water table (irrigation, etc) for reuse by the agricultural concerns and municipal water systems (RECYCLING).  A Real Top Down scenario: From the Heavens to the Rooftop, to the Capture Infrastructure, to the Cistern, to the User, and finally to the Earth’s natural filtration system.  Note; in much of Florida due to the sandy soils, homes do not have basements, much less rain gutters, because when the rain falls off the roof, most of it goes directly into the water table and then into an aquifer.

A similar Real Top Down scenario could be used by the local farming communities; Install retention ponds (reservoirs), or even underground storage tank systems.  Although Florida due to its sandy soils would require the installation of a pond liner, a pond (or ponds) would be the farmer’s solution during dry spells and freezing weather, and be available for many years to come.

Keep in mind; many private public municipal water authorities utilize a maze of reservoirs to supply communities and industries with drinking water.

Also keep in mind; the Insurance Industry would not need to add exception clauses to your policy.  If anything, you should get a rebate as a fire protection exception, (as an added water resource, in place of a Fire Department tanker truck).

This homeowner resource could also be used for lawn and landscape sprinkling as well as car washing with real natural Soft water!


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