A lack of majority
support from the Porter County Alcoholic Beverage Commission shot down
Pavilion Partners LLC hopes of obtaining its alcohol beverage permit on
The vote was 2-2-1,
with members Ralph Levi and Indiana State Excise Police representative Jamie
Patrick voting yes, members Edward Fritz and Rudy Sutton voting no and
member Kenard Taylor recusing himself since the location was outside of his
representative district of Valparaiso.
will now have to try for approval from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco
Commission for a permit to serve alcohol.
The partnership is
in the midst of redeveloping the historic Dunes Pavilion at Indiana Dunes
State park and has plans for building an adjacent 30,000 square foot banquet
passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year, Senate Bill 515, would
allow alcohol to be sold and consumed within 100 feet of the pavilion.
Before voting, the
County Alcoholic Beverage Commission heard a presentation from Ryan
Richardson, one of the principals of Pavilion Partners and co-operator of
County Line Orchard and remonstrances from four members of the public.
Levi said both
sides made good points and it was evident that those who spoke in opposition
of the request “care a lot about the park.” He said he felt it was not up to
him to say how Pavilion Partners should make their plans, which is why he
voted in favor.
As to reasons on
how they voted, Sutton and Fritz could not be reached this morning for