The sinkhole that swallowed half of a home is growing, but not enough yet to endanger others, authorities said. A sinkhole opened Wednesday under the home of Sally Minutillo, 79, in Beacon Woods East, collapsing half of the house, which has since been condemned. Annette Doying, director of emergency management for Pasco County, said the hole has grown by 3 to 5 feet in diameter, expanding away from the house toward a small pond. Doying said groundwater from both the aquifer and the pond is filling the hole. There has been no further damage to Minutillo's home, Doying said, and no damage to her neighbor's home, which was also evacuated Wednesday. An engineering firm plans to conduct tests to find out more about the cause of the collapse.
* * *
Clinic to be built on old diner site
A dental clinic will be built on the site of the old Mel's Diner, a 1950s-themed restaurant that closed a couple of years ago. County records show the Furneri family of Los Altos, Calif., who own the property, plans to turn the site into a 3,240-square-foot dental office and add more than 3,000 square feet of retail space. Crews recently began tearing down the old 4,200-square-foot restaurant at 9233 U.S. 19 near Gulf View Square mall. County officials said the proposed uses were consistent with the property's zoning and approved the project in April.