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Jeffersonville marina receives final permit, set to become reality

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jeffersonville marina received its last required permit Wednesday, with an "okay" from the Army Corps of Engineers. The mayor says the permit is a sure sign the project will finally become a reality.

The city of Jeffersonville received the permit Oct. 16. Mayor Mike Moore says it was the final step in a series of state and federal hurdles that had to be jumped before the project could move forward.

"Yesterday when I was signing that permit it hit me pretty hard," he said. "We are changing the history of Jeffersonville right here."

In recent years, the marina has been an issue of contention, seen by many as an eyesore.

For decades, the boat slips were rented out. Residents of the marina were required to relocate by January 1, 2014.

"I'd say for at least the last 20 years we've really had something you wouldn't want to show off to someone looking to relocate," said Moore.

Moore has been actively proposing a redevelopment of the marina for the past year, changing plans multiple times in hopes of making everyone happy. Originally slated to include around 60 rented slips, the plans are now down to 15 free, daily-use slips and parking for around six jet skis.

The rest of the area will be landscaped, and the shoreline reinforced. The road will be paved, while a sidewalk and staircase will be added.

Moore still has to get approval from the city council, but he is confident he has the votes necessary to make the plans a reality.

"I have worked with a couple council members to come up with some changes to satisfy them," he said. "I need their five votes. I feel confident I've got their five votes."

The newest plans will cost $30 million. According to Moore, the project will be paid for using Tax Increment Financing (TIF) money.

The contractor and architect are already in place. If the plans are approved by the council this Monday, Moore says crews could start removing the old docks within two weeks.

He hopes once the original project is complete, the council will get on board with a second phase, which would include a public fishing pier.

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