Earlier today, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore announced his administration’s plan to construct a new downtown Marina along the Ohio River.
“Time has taken its toll on our current docks, leaving our river’s edge in disrepair. Our boat docks have been neglected for way too long,” said Moore who made the announcement standing at the existing docks. “Now is the time to put a plan into action that will maximize one of Jeffersonville’s greatest assets – the Ohio River.”
The plan for a new downtown marina will include a complete overhaul of the existing boat docks and include the following amenities:
- The number of slips will be increased to 64, including a number of transient slips.
- A proposed fishing pier extending 200 feet over the Ohio River.
- The installment of a sewage pump station for boats docked along our riverfront.
The new downtown marina will cost approximately $2 million and is one of four projects the Moore administration is proposing as a part of its “Pathway 2 Progress” initiative. For more information visit: www.pathway2progress.com. The city has received two grants for a total of $153,343.00 to help fund the project.
“We have the funding in place to make this happen,” said Moore who hopes the marina will be completed next year. “The marina is a redevelopment project. It will transform our riverfront into a destination point. But we need the support of the City Council to move forward. I hope they agree with me that we can no longer accept the condition of our boat docks and river’s edge to look as they are today.”
Moore said he wants to make sure that existing dock owners are not displaced during the construction. “It’s important that we take into consideration those people who currently utilize the docks. Their needs and suggestions are vital if we are going to have a marina for everyone to enjoy and be proud of.”
“We are a river city. The Ohio River is an important part of our heritage,” said Moore. “With a new marina along our riverfront we will build upon that heritage. It will provide an economic boost to our downtown. Once completed, the boaters will be allowed to dock and shop, dock and dine, and explore downtown Jeffersonville. The fishing pier will be an exciting addition to our riverfront,” said Moore. “I think fishermen and sightseers will be delighted with the chance to take better advantage of the Ohio River.”