A 55-foot sinkhole opened up in the Winter Haven Square parking lot.
It hasn’t closed any streets in the area around Cypress Gardens Boulevard but what started as a 2-foot hole this morning has grown a bit. About 300 feet of parking is roped off now.
Swain Realty Co. owner Brian Swain said tenants noticed the sinkhole when they showed up for work Thursday morning.
It extends toward the parking lot.
No one has been injured but people are concerned. Amy Huang, the owner of China Garden in the shopping center said she is worried the sinkhole will move toward their restaurant.
The Florida Highway Patrol is at the scene as is city of Winter Haven officials and the Winter Haven Police Department. DOT officials are marking the edges of sinkhole with green paint to track if it is growing, it said. Also on the scene are representatives of Rainbow International Restoration which is on hand if businesses are affected, said Alex Santiago, a business development associate. Later today a geologist is scheduled to come to assess the situation.