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Bill to expand alcohol at Dunes State Park passes State Senate

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The Indiana Senate passed SB 515 Tuesday by a vote of 40-5, a bill to allow alcohol to be consumed within 100 feet of the Historic Dunes Pavilion and the pavilion parking lot, bypassing the state park’s current alcohol ban.

The bill was authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, who could not be reached for comment this morning.

The bill has sparked local interest in the wake of plans for a renovation of the pavilion and construction of a 30,000 square foot conference center to be built and leased by Pavilion Partners LLC.

Sen Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, voted in favor of the bill and told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that she was “confused” by opposition she was hearing. In 2012 she authored a bill allowing alcohol sales in dining facilities by private vendors at state parks. For that bill, Tallian said she heard zero resistance and the bill received a favorable vote.

“I don’t know whether people are against (SB 515) because of the expansion of the pavilion or because of alcohol,” said Tallian, who posted that question on her Facebook page this morning.

The bill passed the house last Wednesday with a vote of 95-2, including yay votes from Duneland representatives Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, who was one of the co-sponsors, Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, and Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City.

Other provisions of the bill allow two-way or three-way alcohol permits under written commitments at motorsports facilities, certain historic areas and municipal riverfront developments.


Posted 4/22/2015





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