NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — Those traveling on Little Road in the area of Spring Haven Boulevard should take caution while the Pasco County Emergency Management team continues to monitor a growing depression that expanded overnight toward Little Road.
The depression appeared Monday along Spring Haven Boulevard near the Varsity Club Sports Bar.
Spring Haven Boulevard was closed out of an abundance of caution to keep residents safe. Currently, there are no structures in danger.
Pasco County Emergency Management reported the depression opened another 4 feet Saturday, expanding east toward Little Road. The outside southbound lane of Little Road closest to the hole has been shut down for safety reasons and will remain closed until further notice. Local detours are in place for residents.
Varsity Club Sports Bar’s engineering firm has removed the “unsafe” posting from the building at 3523 Little Road, allowing the interior of the restaurant to reopen. The patio area, which is nearest the depression, remains closed.
Emergency Management and Building Services have been monitoring the depression’s movement and have determined the additional growth is moving away from the building and is not affecting the footprint of the restaurant, so there is no immediate threat to the structure.
The county was notified about the depression Monday around 9:15 a.m. and has been closely monitoring it several times a day. The depression began as a 5- by 10-foot hole and then grew another 3 feet overnight. By Wednesday, it spread to 38 feet wide and has since expanded to 46 by 130 feet.
The county has determined the hole extends approximately 60 feet below the visible water line (at 70 feet), meaning the total depth of the depression is now estimated to be 130 feet.
The county has hired an engineering firm to perform underground testing at the site, which is being conducted Saturday. Test results are not expected until early next week.
The depression is on private property, affecting both the restaurant and land owned by the Spring Haven Homeowners Association. Both the restaurant and HOA have hired their own engineering
In the interest of public safety, Pasco County has erected a chain-link fence around the depression and is urging everyone to avoid the area.