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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

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

City Councilman Mike Smith was also at a loss for why the letter removing the boat owners had been sent out.

“I don’t understand that,” he said. “We had until Dec. 2 for public comments. I don’t understand what the mayor’s trying to do. He’s basically running these people off, when before he said they could stay. He can kick them out [but] that has no bearing on the marina. This is the mayor’s decision, this has nothing to do with the council.”Smith did agree, however, that many of the docks along the river are dilapidated.

“Some of the docks are not a public safety hazard, some of them are, I’m not arguing that,” Smith said. “We’re just waiting on the final plan with a final cost so we can approve the money.”

Smith said when he is presented with a final plan and a final cost for the project, he would go ahead and vote to amend the TIF plan to pay for the marina.

Schwab said despite the turmoil surrounding the Jeffersonville docks, he will come back next year if there is availability.

But if the cost goes to high, he may look elsewhere.

“If they raise the price to what they want, it will be better for me to stay on the Kentucky side,” Schwab said.

 

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