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County alcohol board deadlocks on Dunes pavilion permit

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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 Thursday.

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.

Pavilion Partners 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 facility.

New legislation 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 comment.


Posted 6/12/2015




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