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Jeffersonville begins construction on new marina

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville is rolling out a new welcome mat for the Ohio River, but some thought it would never get out of the water.

Some of the docks were barely hanging on and all that's left now is coming down. Twelve months after boats were forced to leave Jeffersonville's marina, city leaders finally make good on plans to rebuild the waterfront.

"We don't have a whole lot to be proud of when we display what we've got on our riverbanks but we're about to," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said.

Jeffersonville's new marina represents a much larger vision to bring visitors, restaurants, and money to the city's downtown shops.

The project looked like it would sink in the water on several occasions.

First, some of the year-round slip renters fought it and were evicted by the city.

"My parking spot's gone, my dock is gone and I still have some rope on that pole and when that pole comes out I'm going to try to get my rope," Jeffersonville city Councilman Rick Smith said.

Then the cost came in a million dollars more than expected.

"There's always been some reason it failed in the past today we reach a point where we got there," Moore explained.

The city council eventually approved more money for a scaled back version of the marina as the mayor pressed forward.

What was once 50 new docks and a fishing pier is now only 10 daily rented boat slips with space left to build.

"Today we celebrate the beginning of creating a new front door in our wonderful city," Moore said.

This $3 million construction project is as much about a new marina as it is saving the shore line which you can see has steadily been eroded due to flooding.

Despite some hurt feeling and narrow spending. "It's a very exciting day," Smith said.

I'm told it will take about a week to pull out all of these docks and then construction here on the waterfront is going o stop through the winter. Teams will start building again in the spring with a goal of completing the new marina by the end of summer 2015.

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