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Is a city parking lot sinking into the St. John's River?

7:31 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--On Your Side: Our team gets some answers for a potential danger for drivers in downtown Jacksonville. A parking lot might be sinking into the St. John's River.

It looks like any other downtown parking lot on the river at Liberty Street. But if you look a little closer, a slab appears to be sinking.

"No, I hadn't noticed that the parking lot right here was sinking down," said Areil Crawford who parks her car in the lot every weekend.

The city lot appears to be sinking at least a few inches. If you look between the cracks, you can see the river sloshing around.

"Wow. That's a little dangerous, I would think," Crawford exclaimed. "After a while, it would kind of be a sinkhole I would think. I wouldn't want anything to happen since I park my car over here pretty often."

Michael Kennedy parks his car in the lot daily.

"I don't know how much they want to spend on this lot to tell you the truth," he said. "I wouldn't want to park over there, no."

The area is blocked off, but people are able to park right next to it. The city's Department of Public Works said they are aware of the issue and are looking into it.

A few hundered feet away, on Liberty St., the sidewalk is closed. Part of it's also resting in the river.

"Hopefully the city comes around and fixes it and gets us some new pavement down and we won't have to deal with this issue anymore," said Crawford. 

Department of Public Works spokesperson, Debbie Delgado, told First Coast News this is a private issue caused by a contractor putting a 12-ton crane on a posted three-ton restricted area. The city is stepping in to fix this. It's taking a long time because the city is securing funds and a contractor. Delgado said the fix won't cost taxpayers a dime.

First Coast News

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