Hamilton wants to expand marina in Russell County


The sun sets in a houseboat view at Lake Cumberland Marina. J.D. Hamilton, owner of Lee's Ford Resort near Nancy, is petitioning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow a $10 million expansion of Lake Cumberland Marina, formerly Alligator II Marina.

J.D. Hamilton, owner of Lee's Ford Resort Marina on the Fishing Creek section of Lake Cumberland near Nancy, is petitioning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow expansion of his Lake Cumberland Marina in Russell County.

Formerly known as Alligator II Marina, Lake Cumberland Marina is located in the Wolf Creek portion of Lake Cumberland, one of Kentucky's best spots for boating and fishing. Hamilton said if the Corps approves the planned expansion, it would extend Lake Cumberland Marina to the abandoned AlLigator 1 Marina site.

The expansion project would balance traffic flow from the new Ky. 910 exit (under construction) at Cumberland Parkway six miles from the site by enabling use of the abandoned parking lot at Alligator 1 and the parking lot and launch ramp will become a SAFE area once again, the petition document notes.

Expansion plans include 231 parallel slips connecting the sites, 16 feet by 360 feet community access and fishing dock, full time security and maintenance and more fully utilized road and parking lot. Lake Cumberland Marina currently has 460 slips, a 34 percent increase since Alligator 1 site was abandoned.

Hamilton assures the proposed $10 million Lake Cumberland Marina expansion " ... will help propel the economic recovery of the region. It will allow development of new opportunities, help businesses grow and families of the region find long-term employment. This plan will help secure a bright economic future for ourselves and our children," he said.

One of three public hearings was held Monday night and Hamilton says the petition to show public support had 745 signatures as of mid afternoon Tuesday. "We're going for a 1,000 (signatures)," he declared.

In addition to the Cumberland Parkway-Ky. 910 interchange, Hamilton pointed to increased visitation enhanced by the planned cloverleaf interchange at Ky. 80 and Ky. 461 and plans under discussion to four-lane Ky. 461 all the way to 1-75. He said 70 percent of tourists visiting Lake Cumberland come off I-75.

Reinvigoration of this dormant site with the Lake Cumberland Marina expansion serves the greater public interest of Lake Cumberland, its visitors, the local community, the economy, boaters, anglers and the broader outdoor community, the petition document proclaims.

For those wishing to sign the petition in support of the marina expansion may download the petition at http://chng.it/vDrvX86xwT

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