Sinkhole forces congregation out of church in North Naples

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Pastor Roy Shuck gives his sermon in an office space used temporarily for services for Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in North Naples on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The church was forced to hold services outdoors and afterwards in another church's office space nearby after suspected sinkholes caused extensive structural damage to the church building. Church officials are now battling their insurance company to repair the damage and return to their building.

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David Albers/Staff Pastor Roy Shuck gives his sermon in an office space used temporarily for services for Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in North Naples on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The church was forced to hold services outdoors and afterwards in another church's office space nearby after suspected sinkholes caused extensive structural damage to the church building. Church officials are now battling their insurance company to repair the damage and return to their building.

A congregation in North Naples has limited access to the church because of a suspected sinkhole. The pastor now says they will have to leave the building completely because of an insurance dispute.

There are already cracks in the walls, uneven floors and a hole in the ground so large that a landscaper recently fell into it.

Pastor Rick Shuck, with the Faith Community Church, says the building is far from safe and it's all because of a suspected sinkhole - one that forced them to end their services yesterday and put up these safety signs on the doors.

"It's just not safe anymore," he said. "It's devastating, because people have poured their life into this property."

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1Paradiselost writes:

Sixteen Sinkhole Symptoms at your Home, Condo or Building

Florida’s unique geography seems to spawn sinkholes and thousands of them occur throughout the state. Here are the sixteen (16) most common sinkhole symptoms at your home, condominium or commercial building:

Cracking of the exterior walls (possible stair-step pattern)
Cracking in exterior porches, decks, sidewalks or driveways
Cracking around in-ground pools or pool decks or lanais
Separation of the foundation from the soil
Cracking of interior walls, ceilings or floors
Cracking around the frames of doors, windows or in the corners of rooms
Separation of the walls from the floor or ceiling
Tilting, un-leveling or sinking of the floor
Doors or windows sticking or jamming or not otherwise working correctly
Unexplained or unusual water stains on the floor, walls or ceiling
Unusual or rapidly developing depressions on the ground in or around your property – which repeatedly re-form despite filling them.
Slanting of trees or landscaping or fence posts or a noticeable change to anything affixed to the ground
Excessive ‘standing’ water in your yard/lawn or exposure of tree roots or dying vegetation
Excessive leakage from your in-ground pool
Unexplained loud sounds (as your building is slowly being pulled apart)
Known sinkhole activity in your neighborhood, especially in close proximity to your home, condominium or commercial building

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