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Jeffersonville struggles to secure Thunder vendors, may lose thousands

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Thunder Over Louisville is only weeks away, yet the city of Jeffersonville still doesn't have a vendor for the event.

With a proposed ordinance that will make the stretch of Riverside Drive in front of the Harbour Condominiums off limits to vendors, plus bridge construction taking over an area usually used for food and drink sales, this year's event has become unattractive to vendors.

"There's a lot of inconveniences that the residents down here have had to go through and I'm not going to make Thunder another one," said Mayor Mike Moore who supports the ordinance currently making its way through city hall. "They are paying for this view. I don't believe it's fair to put big trailers and vendors down here in front of their windows, blocking that view."

Moore is behind an ordinance that will ban vendors from setting up in front of The Harbour Condominium complex during Thunder Over Louisville. He said he has heard from too many riverside residents about the inconvenience associated with Thunder vendors.

Without a vendor, the city will miss out on thousands of dollars. In year's past, Jeffersonville's Parks Department said they've received $22,000 in revenue. But Moore said he is more concerned with the resident's happiness.

"When you take into account how much these residents pay in property taxes, it far outweighs that $22,000," said Moore who vows to get the ordinance passed. "I'm not going to allow vendors down here in front of the Harbors. Period."

According to the Parks Department, the only vendor interested in the event despite the smaller space doesn't want to promise a guaranteed $22,000 like in year's past. Instead, the vendor is promising 20 percent of sales. The city has yet to sign a contract with that vendor, but by Tuesday afternoon, officials said they were planning on entering into a contract sometime this week.

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