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Sinkholes in Florida

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More people are touched by sinkholes in Florida than everywhere else in the world. Professor and scientist Dr. Robert Brinkman writes in his new book “Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy” that at least one sinkhole forms somewhere in the state doing some type of property damage every week although most form between March and May. 

Devil’s Millhopper, a sinkhole northwest of Gainesville

We talk about the research industry, which although it continues at universities, stopped collaborating statewide in the early 1990’s. At the same time there’s been growth in the sinkhole real estate speculating industry.

A sinkhole spring

The Florida Geological Survey published the Florida Sinkhole Index. It lists about 1,900 sinkholes that formed in the last thirty years. South Florida is not considered a high-risk zone however cypress domes are the telltale signs signifying the sinkholes of the Everglades. They’ve formed in the shallow depressions on the surface of bedrock there – a far cry from the type of sinkhole that took the life of Seffner man in 2013.

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 10 full and part-time people and interns in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a coveted Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, having previously served as Chair-Elect and the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. Tardif has been selected twice to serve as a managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project. She served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Amy spent five years as producer and managing editor of WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition. Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, she was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent 6 years reporting and anchoring for television stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa. Amy has two sons in college and loves fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.