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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



“The docks that are a public safety threat are the ones that are owned by the city,” Schwab said. “They are a bunch of docks that have been abandoned over the years.”

He added that he put down new concrete for his dock about five or six years ago and most of the boat owners along Jeffersonville’s riverfront have well-maintained docks, they just don’t match.

“If they gave guidance over the last 20 years on how they wanted the fingers to look, the boat owners would have done that,” Schwab said. “All of the docks would be up to snuff and they would all look the same.”


The city may force the current boat owners to leave their docks, but the plan to revamp the marina, at least for the city council, is not dead.

“My view of the marina is the city council passed a resolution to move forward,” said City Councilman Nathan Samuel. “I think we’re on the same page with the mayor for wanting a marina. In my mind we are just steps away from approving the marina. I don’t know why there is a need to dislocate the boat owners.”

Samuel again explained why the council voted against amending the TIF district to finance the plan in early November. He said that the council was waiting on definitive construction plans for the project and actual costs of construction.

The $2.2 million estimate has remained consistent since renderings of the marina were drafted earlier this year.

“I want to know what I’m voting on is based on a plan, not just renderings,” Samuel said. “I’d rather have time to digest the information on a $2 million project I don’t that’s asking too much.”

Samuel said he received the construction plans for the marina that were submitted to the corps Thursday, but on the coversheet for the plan the document still said “not for construction.”

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