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A Kentuckiana man says he will be left without a home by the end of the month. A Kentuckiana man says he will be left without a home by the end of the month.
Brian Gordon Brian Gordon
The City of Jeffersonville told the half dozen or so people who live full-time on boats down at the city marina that they have to be out by November 30. The City of Jeffersonville told the half dozen or so people who live full-time on boats down at the city marina that they have to be out by November 30.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Kentuckiana man says he will be left without a home by the end of the month.

The City of Jeffersonville told the half dozen or so people who live full-time on boats down at the city marina that they have to be out by November 30.

The mayor said that's the only thing that made sense after the city council voted down his plan for renovating the marina but the people who live there say that's not the only option and they're stuck in the middle.

If you love your home, Brian Gordon thinks he's got you beat.

"I always say it's like waking up on vacation everyday but then I've got to go to work," he said.

For decades, he and his wife have enjoyed the view from their houseboat in the Jeffersonville marina, but with a letter that came this week, he realizes he might not be here much longer.

"We have nowhere to go," he said. "As you can see it's a pretty big floating house."

The City of Jeffersonville owns the marina and rents the docks to boat owners. Mayor Mike Moore had plans to improve the marina and clean up the riverfront. This month, the city council told the mayor it was going to hold off on funding the project until it got more info.

"I think the council is doing the right thing," Gordon said. "They're just being cautious with the city's money."

The mayor said if the project is not moving forward, the city is moving in a different direction because he said many of the docks are unsafe. That means the remaining boats have to go.

"It's not under power," Gordon said of his houseboat. "It takes a lot to put it somewhere. We don't fit in most marinas."

Gordon said the city told boat owners in September they could remain at least through March and believes there is something else motivating the eviction notices.

"It's just a political game between (the mayor) and the council," he said. "He's putting us out on the street and he could care less as long as he gets his marina passed yesterday."

Gordon said in return he has a game plan of his own.

"I'm not going anywhere. I am not leaving," he said.

The mayor says he would have loved to see nice docks at the marina but the council said no.

However, the council president, Connie Sellers, said it wasn't a no, it was just a "wait and see." She doesn't understand why, if the city was going to let the boat owners stay before this month's vote, it's suddenly urgent to have them out before the end of the month.

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