TAMPA — As the one-year anniversary approaches of a Seffner man's death in a sinkhole that opened under his bedroom, Hillsborough County government is finalizing plans to take ownership of the property and install a memorial plaque.
The owners of the three lots threatened by the sinkhole last year in Seffner have agreed to transfer ownership of their land to the county, according to a report that Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department staff will present Wednesday to county commissioners.
The county will have to pay about $2,000 in outstanding real estate taxes for the land, the report states. County staff will fortify fencing around the land, plant shrubs and trees on the sinkhole properties and replace sidewalk. The entire project, pending commission approval, should cost about $90,000.
Last Feb. 28, a sinkhole opened under the bedroom of Jeffrey Bush, 37, in his home at 240 Faithway Drive. Bush's body was never recovered. The home and two adjacent houses were soon demolished.
The Bush family has been speaking to county staff about a plaque planned for the sidewalk in front of the properties.