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November 15, 2013

Water displacement: Dock renters forced to move out of Jeffersonville marina

Action comes in wake of disagreement between mayor, council on renovations



He said the Jeffersonville boat owners club is set to have its monthly meeting on Friday, where they may reach a decision on what to do next.

“It immediately doesn’t affect me, but it might affect me in the spring,” Schwab said.


After the city initially unveiled its plans to revamp the downtown marina, it gathered input from the Jeffersonville boat owners, and amended its plans to allow them to remain along the riverfront during the renovations.

The plan was to reconstruct 54 individual fixed-boat docks, in addition to a 200-foot floating fishing pier, in two phases. Other improvements included sewer connections, new lighting and a new road with a turnaround along the marina. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $2.2 million.

Along with the renovations to the marina, the prices for the renters was slated to increase. Fees would total $1,200 for a season — April to November — for a boat 24 feet in length, and $600 for winter mooring. For each foot beyond 24 feet, the boat owner would be charged $50 for each additional foot during the season, $25 per foot in the winter. Current fees are about $1,125 annually.

The two amendments that would allow the city to pay for the project, out of its Tax Increment Finance funds, were voted down by the city council earlier this month. At the same meeting the council passed a resolution that authorized the city to continue with the marina plans, but stopped short of designating funding until a full detailed construction plan is delivered to the council.

Despite the contradictory votes, the process to get approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing. Public comment on the plan is open until Dec. 2 and Jorge Lanz, president of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc., who presented the details on the marina plan to the council, said it would be about 30  to 45 days after the public comment period closed before a permit could be issued.

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