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Cleaning a Wakulla Sinkhole

By: Christina Vitale
By: Christina Vitale

Empty bottles, paper, and invasive plants litter the entrance way to Gremlin Sinkhole in Wakulla County. Residents are now taking action to clean up the area.

Cal Jamison, a Wakulla County resident, said, "It's part of an effort to really raise public awareness as to the vulnerability of the sinkholes, and they are all connected to our aquifer."

The aquifer is what many are concerned about. They say the trash could become a problem with the water system.

Jackie Turner, a park services specialist in Wakulla, said, "Unfortunately, sometimes we've looked at our sinkholes that contain water and our waterways as places to dispose of trash."

To help dispose of that trash about 40 volunteers showed up to help turn the landscape into an eye appealing place.

Kirby Palm made the trip from Havana, Florida to help clean up the mess.

"These parks belong to us. It's a shame that people throw these beer bottles out here, but somebody's got to pick it up. They just don't walk away."

The beer bottles aren't the only things volunteers are removing. An old car has been stuck in the sinkhole since the 1970s.

Palm added, "It's just a shame that people think nothing of taking something full of oil and gasoline and throwing it in our drinking water."

Now that the 1976 Honda Civic is out of the sinkhole, the water way may clear out, becoming more enjoyable for local residents. Officials originally thought the car found in the sinkhole was a Gremlin, but when it was pulled from the water many were surprised that a Honda Civic was discovered.


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