Sinkhole a Big Headache for Florida Church
Church says it can't use building, but State Farm says there's 'no problem'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2013 9:54 AM CDT
A screen grab from NBC-2 video.   (NBC-2 Video)

(Newser) – Florida has been hit with yet another suspected sinkhole—this one preventing a North Naples congregation from using a beloved church. "The floor in the main auditorium has sunk about four-and-a-half inches in one area," says the pastor at Faith Community Church. A landscaper has already tumbled into a depression, and the walls are cracked and the floors are uneven, NBC-2 reports.

Radar suggests there's a 12-foot drop under some parts of the building. "It's devastating, because people have poured their life into this property," pastor Rick Shuck says. To further complicate matters, the situation has prompted an insurance feud: State Farm inspectors "say there's no problem" with the church, Shuck notes. Geological engineers, however, say there's "certainly" a sinkhole. Now, the church is suing the insurance company.

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Mar 13, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Insurance companies are the bane of the modern age. They have over the last 100 years put a yoke around every American citizen in this country. They are the only reason costs that are insurance related are so high. But what really gets my goat is that you never see any return. You pay insurance fees from the day you leave home until the day you die and you never see one red cent of return. Return dependent on use. You build a percentage of equity. It's a rotten industry that is no better than gangsters who scare you into paying for protection. The industry needs to be completely overhauled and revamped or done away with. We need a uniform system that pays a return. Introduced by the States or the Federal government. As a private industry they are the regulators of cost Nationwide. That is not the way it should be. That is NOT Freedom.
Mar 13, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
I wouldn't live in Florida. It is a l-o-n-g peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to east. Quite possibly with global warming the water table is rising and causing more & more sinkholes to form. I can see Florida collapse before California collapses from an earthquake.
Mar 13, 2013 4:15 AM CDT
Never seen an insurance company pay up without being forced to do so. If there is any way at all, any loophole, they will weasel out of paying. Regardless of if it's health, home, or auto, they always try their best to avoid paying. Their commercials make me sick.