Controversy At Marina On Lake Cumberland

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

While many marinas at Lake Cumberland have dealt with a slip in business because of the lowered water levels in the lake, there is one dock that is dealing with a mass exodus of customers. But those customers say it has nothing to do with the low water issue.

Dave Dyson says it wasn't his choice to leave.

"We'd prefer to stay at Grider Hill Dock, but our lease was not renewed," he said.

For the Dysons, New Year's Eve was moving day. They had four boats at Grider Hill and had been customers for nearly 14 years until they were asked to leave after Dave says he exercised his right to free speech on-line.

"I'm active on lake, a discussion forum. I basically tried to be a moderator and tried to get communication going. I believe that's why I was kicked out," he said.

Boater Dean Schwartsenberg, who was a Grider Hill customer since 1990, says he was kicked out because he says he asked management to fix an electric problem at the dock.

"Management just ignored us. I finally got the owner involved and he made me agree it if I quit complaining about his manager on-line he'd fix my problems," said Schwartsenberg

But as of today, the issue still isn't fixed. The new management at Grider Hill has been in place for nearly a year now.

General manager Diann Boone told 27 NEWSFIRST these are just a few disgruntled customers and their leaving isn't a big deal. But with these two being asked to leave, several others are following.

GT Smith is one of them.

"I don't want to leave Grider Hill, but I am because of the changes with the new management," he said.

Smith says there are a bunch of people packing and heading up stream for the same reason as him.

"I know of 38 individuals who are or have already left. As for slips, there may be more than that because some have multiple boats."

The bigger issue here, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, is Grider Hill, like all other marinas, pays annual fees to the state. It's based on annual revenue.

Grider Hill paid more than 74 thousand dollars last year. The corps says 75% of that money is given back to the county. But with several slips now empty, it means less revenue next year and the county will be the one hurting in the long run.

Grider Hill has been under new management for about a year now. They told us there's nothing to worry about. They have 750 slips and they're confident any left empty after this will fill up quickly once boating season arrives.

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  • by Steven D Location: Greenwood, IN on Mar 3, 2008 at 01:34 AM
    Posted by: Susan Location: IN on Jan 14, 2008 at 08:44 AM I think Grider Hill is a beautiful marina and the new owners are doing a great job. They are running a business the way it should be run. WOW, havn't been here for a while and it looks like some of us (above) either have their head in the sand or they work at Grider Hell. Are you sure your name is spelled right? Wonder if it is in error and missing a "Zanne"? Just wondering?
  • by Boatman Location: Ohio on Mar 1, 2008 at 12:57 AM
    Threat?? I didn't telling the truth was a threat, and why would you care Sly, are you really John? The manager did quit and gave a BS excuse, 3 investors have pulled out and 2 of them are sueing you. The marina is a ghost town and the bleeding hasn't stopped. Its well known that you have to pay CASH only for your gasoline because of payment problems. Why all the Sly and Berta, I mean fred wantabe tag team damage control? You said you wanted to stick a pencil in your eye? Be sure to sharpen it first, it will go in better.
  • by Dean Location: Nicholasville on Feb 28, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Another interesting update. These are, or were investors in Grider Hill. The Woodford Sun In Versaille Ky reported in the "News and Record" Page on Feb 21st "Jack Kain and Denny Nunnelley vs. John Guzman and Fifth Third Bank for 2.5 Million Dollars plus interest and cost claimed due on a note" As the Grider Hill World turns.
  • by Dean Location: Nicholasville on Feb 14, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    Another update. One of the minority investors that dock their boat at Grider, has moved their boat to a different dock! Chastity Ray has said publicly on that they do not agree with how Guzman is running the business, and have no say in business decisions, so have left. For those of you who think that we are a bunch of complainers and such, I think this speaks volumes to what we have tried to express, and had to put up with the past year.
  • by Dean Location: Nich, Ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    I wanted to update this with new information. Diann Boone, the general manager that caused most of the customer relations issues, has resigned. Of course they say for personal reasons, but everyone can decide for themselves. And the owner that allowed this to happen is still there so only time will tell if things can get better for GHD.
  • by Video Location: Genesis on Jan 21, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    Here's a link to the video of the story:
  • by Charles Location: Kentucky on Jan 16, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    David Dyson (one of the three boaters interviewed in Renee Charles's story) has been named "Houseboater of the Year" by Houseboat magazine. Ms. Charles might want to mention that in her follow-up story.
  • by BPS Location: KY on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    No employee or staff member of GHD has posted here, nor are any authorized to do so.
  • by IMHO Location: No Big Deal on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:36 AM
    To poster "John" I am pretty sure she is talking about not coming back to Grider Hill. Sir, It does not take a Rocket Scientist to figure that out. After all, the WKYT story about Grider Hill. So, I think you know where you may stick your pencil now. To Poster Susan",,,,Are you for real?? Asking Grider Hill Dock to Fix a SAFETY issue like low voltage electric is in no way shape or form asking for as you say Special Treatment, or Special Favors. By Dean trying to get them to do something about the problem was doing a favor for everyone. Grider Hill dock is a beautiful dock. But as far as the management is concerned, It's kind of like watching 5 monkeys do'n a football. And by them posting on here, they have just taken this story into overtime. I think the people reading these comments are intelligent enough to figure out who is trying to do damage control. It's just a shame it has come to this. It could of been a win-win situation. But they thought their way was better..Guess not!
  • by John Location: Ky on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    To poster IMHO, Jill said she might not go to the "Lake" because of "it". So that says to me she is boycotting the entire lake not just Grider Hill, perhaps you all have made such a fuss all the Marina's will suffer, or was that your plan. Do you need to borrow my pencil.


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