Stay away from the sinkhole that appeared this weekend.



A sinkhole appeared near the tennis courts at Chapman Square, (14th Street and Avenue D) in Apalachicola. The three-foot-by-three-foot depression is over two feet deep.



Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said he only learned of the sinkhole on Monday. He said city crews are investigating the area around the tennis court and will act rapidly to stabilize the situation and repair any damage. He warned everyone to stay away from the depression until the cause of the collapse is known.



County Planner Alan Pierce, too, warned everybody to stay away from the hole. He said a collapsed storm drain might be the culprit.



On Monday afternoon city crews determined an old terra cotta pipe had disintegrated and fenced the area off. The collapse was repaired on Tuesday morning.



- By Lois Swoboda.