Pasco Co. mistake is letdown to family who wants home near sinkhole condemned

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) – The number of homes near the giant Land O’ Lakes sinkhole scheduled to be demolished was reduced from 8 homes back to 7 on Tuesday.

Pasco County Emergency Management said the home at 3203 Canal Place that was announced Monday to be added to the demolition list should not have been included.

“This was an error on our part as the tag on the home was a tag originally placed when the sinkhole opened as a precaution to the homeowner but was counted by field crews as a new condemnation,” Doug Tobin, Pasco County Public Information Officer, said. “We apologize for this error.”

Pasco County Emergency Management said it plans on developing new tags in the future to make it more clear to homeowners and field staff.

However, the family already moved out of the home last week, as the sinkhole is in their back yard. They are hoping it will still meet the criteria for demolition.

Dylan Denzik said he is afraid to have his family stay in the home they just purchased eight months ago on Canal Place.

Keith Donahue is Dylan Denzik’s step-father and said the mistake was a letdown to the family.

“To see everybody else get condemned in the area and then their home not condemned, it’s ups and downs for them,” Donahue said. “It’s a little challenging.”

Donahue said the family isn’t moving back, either way, because they don’t feel safe. They want a condemnation label, though, because that could mean an insurance payout. If the house is not condemned officially, the Denziks will suffer an extreme financial loss.

There is hope for the family, though. The results of ground penetrating radar, conducted by their insurance company, are in. The tests show anomalies on the property that could point to trouble. Next up, drilling to measure ground stability.

Drone video courtesy: Keith Taylor

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