Latest sinkhole in Village of Alhambra stirs concerns among already-rattled residents

Article Courtesy of The Villages News
Staff Report
Published July 29, 2019


The Friday-night evacuation of a couple from their home in the Village of Alhambra after the discovery of a sinkhole is stirring concerns among already-rattled residents.


An orange notice has been posted at the home at 1613 Duran Drive, informing the public that the house is “unsafe and its use or occupancy has been prohibited.”

This latest depression has formed during a long painful period of coping with sinkholes.

Village of Alhambra residents remain upset about the lack of progress at a home damaged by a sinkhole in 2017 during Hurricane Irma. The home at 2536 Botello Ave. in the Village of Alhambra has been purchased by the same company that purchased two homes damaged by sinkholes in February 2018 in the Village of Calumet Grove.

“I would not want something like that in my neighborhood,” said Community Development District 2 Supervisor Bill Schikora, of the damaged home on Lago De Leon, where homeowners paid a premium for a water view.


The vacant home appears to have attracted snakes and wasps.

Last year, the CDD 2 Board of Supervisors agreed to tap into reserve funds to pay for $100,000 in sinkhole repairs at Lago De Leon. Over the past decade, CDD 2 has spent $78,000 repairing sinkholes at that particular pond.

This notice has been duct-taped to a home in the Village of Alhambra where a sinkhole was discovered.

A couple was evacuated Friday from this home in the Village of Alhambra.