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MS River Rouge will have to leave the Alexander Docks
The owner of the MS River Rouge says he’s being kicked out of the Alexander Docks, where the ship has always been docked.
Kyrakos Vogiatzakis said he received notice three weeks ago that the dock was being shut down for repairs.
"They said the ship can no longer go there. They’re calling the dock unsafe, but no reviews or engineer reports have been brought forward (to me)," he said.
Vogiatzakis, brother of mayoral candidate Mike Vogiatzakis, said the floods earlier this summer kept him from bringing the boat to the city, a decision which cost him a lot of revenue.
"Seven out of eight years, I’ve been hanging in there, keeping my head above the water. I’m taking a beating financially," he said.
Vogiatzakis also questioned how unsafe the dock could be, if the city let more than a thousand people for a vigil Tuesday evening.
"The dock is definitely safe. Why would they let 1,500 people there if it’s unsafe," he said.
A spokeswoman for the city said in an email the dock is need of an engineering assessment, which requires docking to stop. Right now, the city is placing fencing and signage in the area which will let people know docking is no longer allowed.
The spokeswoman also said the city recognizes the importance of the MS River Rouge to the community.
"City staff have been, and will continue to work directly with this business owner to seek a workable solution for the river boat, that allows for the needed assessment of the condition this particular dock," the statement said.
Updated on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM CDT: Corrects spelling of Vogiatzakis
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