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Dorset Park closed as Tarpon Springs investigates ground depressions

TARPON SPRINGS — Dorset Park has been closed indefinitely as officials investigate the cause of several depressions that turned up on the ground late Friday, officials said.

The park is a block away from two homes on S Disston Avenue where three deep sinkholes appeared Thursday. Those craters have been filled, but city officials have yet to determine their cause.

The depressions in the park are about 6 inches deep, said Tarpon Springs Public Works director Thomas Funcheon. One is in the tennis courts and stretches about 12 feet wide. The other is in the baseball outfield and is about 8 feet wide, Funcheon said.

Funcheon said he didn't believe there were sinkholes in the park, and that no buildings in the park were threatened. He said workers would begin analyzing the ground with special equipment on Monday to determine if sinkholes are present and what caused the depressions.

Tarpon Springs police have cordoned off the park indefinitely.

Dorset Park closed as Tarpon Springs investigates ground depressions 06/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 8:07pm]
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