Revised marina plan in Jeffersonville would add 15 transient doc - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Revised marina plan in Jeffersonville would add 15 transient docks; possibly new fishing pier

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – A new marina in Jeffersonville could be approved in less than two weeks, after the plan passed another hurdle Monday night.

"We want to encourage people to use our riverfront," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

He believes an updated marina with an improved landscape, more trees and a lighted sidewalk, would help make that happen.

"Somebody wants to come down here and spend a couple of hours having a nice picnic with their family it's going to be the perfect place to do it," said Moore.

The previous design was estimated around $3.5 million and included 22 permanent slips, but it was scrapped due to concern concern over whether the city could get enough boaters to rent the space.

The revised plan, passed Monday night by the redevelopment commission, has fewer slips, but all would be open to everyone, which was not the case in the previous plan.

"Our dock area became a little territorial,” said Moore. “The people who rented the boat slips didn't want to share it with the public. I didn't think that was right, this is everybody in Jeffersonville's marina and I want everybody to be able to appreciate it."

Jeffersonville resident Mark Wohlleb has lived along the riverfront for two years and says an updated marina is desperately needed.

"People would be coming downtown, new restaurants are opening up all through here, more foot traffic and more business for downtown Jeff," he said.

The idea is to have 15 new transient slips, space for about six jet-skis and possibly a new fishing pier.

The mayor says the marina is in desperate need of an upgrade.

"Obviously as you cross the bridge it's one of the first things you see as you come into our city, it's an eyesore, it's an embarrassment and I'm ashamed of it," said Moore.

The mayor says the redevelopment board has the money to build the project, which would still be around $3.5 million.

Moore says the city has already taken bids and the contractor is ready to go.

"He's told us it's about a 12-month process from beginning to end, so I hope to be standing here next year with a completed project,” said Moore.

The plan still needs approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, but the city council is expected to vote on it October 6th.

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