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Jeffersonville marina renters concerned about rebuilding plans

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A plan to rebuild Jeffersonville's marina is making some waves with the people who use it most.

Some docks are barely holding on and the Ohio River keeps eating away at the shore, but Bill Hughes says, "I like it here.  It's the best spot in the world."

He was having salmon and baked potatoes for lunch Thursday on the Okeechobee Queen in the place Hughes has called his summer home for the last 40 years.

This summer could be his last.  He explains, "And we just politely told the mayor if we leave, we're not coming back."

Mayor Mike Moore plans to revitalize the Jeffersonville Marina.  The plan amounts to $2 million to put in 64 new docks, a fishing pier, and a sea wall.  Mayor Moore says, "I want to make one point very clear -- that marina belongs to everyone in the city of Jeffersonville, not a handful of boat dock renters."

But one of those renters, David Harris, said, "I have a problem with the misinformation we keep getting.  As of last weekend, everyone down here was happy because it wasn't going to happen."

Weary residents of the Sunnyside B oat Club received a letter in February telling them they'd need to leave during construction.  Now Mayor Moore's saying they can stay and construction will happen in phases.

Hughes said, "I might come back if they build it and it's something that is viable.  But I don't want to come back and then find another place to stay."

Jeffersonville City Councilman Mike Smith parks his boat there, as well.  The council told the mayor the revitalization needs more study.  The marina currently brings in $34,000 a year for the city.

Smith said, "We need some type of numbers.  What's our rent going to?  We haven't seen it.  If I'm paying $785 seasonally what's my rent going to?  Can I afford it?  Am I going to have to go somewhere else?"

Mayor Moore said, "I am embarrassed at the condition now, and regardless they are coming out at the end of the year."

At 81, Hughes wonders it he'll be telling his neighbors "See you next summer," or "Goodbye for good."  Right now the marina revitalization project awaits approval from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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