Sabal palmetto rotting at base

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

This is at a neighbors house and is in Kure Beach, NC., at the southern end of the NC coast, about 1 hour North of Myrtle Beach, SC.
We did have a wet cold Winter last year, but all the other Sabals are fine. There is another Sabal about 10' away that is fine. They have both all in the ground for over 10 years and are about 15' tall.
I first noticed this in the Spring, but it was much smaller. I'm assuming it rotting from the inside? I didn't do any digging to check for insects. I certainly can if need be.
Any information/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Chandler, AZ(Zone 9b)

I had a palm with a similar look on a commercial property. It turned out to be termites. The tree still looked basically healthy. They seemed confined to the "bark" layer, but as it sloughed away the inner layers were open to other parasites and diseases and it eventually became unstable and had to be removed. I hope that isn't the case here and that you can save it from whatever is wrong. Good luck.

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

Thanks. Ill dig into the base and see what's there.

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