Ron Jones didn’t want that much.
Compared to the leadership of Somerset, whose disappointment with the decisions regarding liquor licenses made by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has resulted in an ongoing legal battle, Jones, the mayor of Burnside, wasn’t counting on anything in particular other than that old chestnut: location, location, location.
“The only thing I was hoping for was that they didn’t put one on top of the other one,” he said, “that you wouldn’t have one right across the street from another one or too close to it. Other than that, anything would be fine.”
Jones got his wish. The two applicants who were notified on Tuesday that they had received quota retail package liquor licenses will have their stores located on completely different ends of the county, a further ripple effect of a controversial 2005 annexation along Lake Cumberland shoreline.
The licenses went to local businessmen J.D. Hamilton and Brook Ping, respectively. Hamilton operates Lee’s Ford Marina off of Ky. 80, and Ping, a developer, is the man behind the Stonebrook Pavilion commercial center on South U.S. 27, which is where his liquor store will be located.
While Ping’s property is located on the southern end of the county only a couple of miles up the road from the old downtown Burnside, Hamilton’s is in the far western area, about six miles west of U.S. 27 on Ky. 80 — much closer to the Nancy community than Burnside proper.
Of course, that was made possible due to the July 2005 annexation of eight miles of Lake Cumberland shoreline that allowed Burnside to absorb Lee’s Ford Marina as geographically contiguous property. A complaint was filed later that year against the move, and Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Burdette actually overturned the annexation, but the Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed that decision in July 2007.