Business booms on Lake Cumberland despite pandemic

SOMERSET, Ky. (LEX 18) — Life on the lake has always been good in Somerset, and last summer — despite COVID-19 raging out of control — life was good for a number of reasons. Now business owners and city officials are hoping to capitalize on the momentum of 2020.

J.D. Hamilton came to Lake Cumberland years ago and turned a family vacation into a way of life.

“My kids wanted to get a houseboat and I thought, ‘That’s for old retired people,'” Hamilton said. “Truth is I had never been on a houseboat and never had been to Lake Cumberland.”

Turns out he loved them both.

“I really discovered the life and saw what was a wonderful business opportunity,” Hamilton said.

So he bought this restaurant at the top of the boat launch and the nearby cottages. He also owns Lee’s Ford Resort Marina. all of it. And he figured out how to make a seasonal business survive a summer of COVID.

Most businesses and vacation spots suffered last summer due to COVID, but Lake…

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