JB Weld is my best friend...
Do you mind posting some photos of the before and after repair? Perhaps a short DIY photo write up? this will be helpful to add to the library pf DIY 's.Thank you Guys for your replies.
It's an actual hole. I found a cheap replacement cover and I am buying it. It sells for $68. At this price it's not worth the hassle to repair it.
Happy New Year!