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DNR sets public meeting on Dunes State Park pavilion project Wednesday, April 15 at Chesterton Middle School

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At 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Chesterton Middle School auditorium, Dunelanders will have the same chance which the press had on April 6, when the DNR held an open house on the Pavilion project: to put their question or comments directly to DNR officials, in an orderly fashion, in a fully public forum where everyone will be working from the same page at the same time.

As the DNR noted it in a statement released after deadline on Friday, the April 15 event “is in response to some attendees (of the earlier open house) who sought a more formal platform.”

Although “several hundred” attended that open house, the format was not altogether conducive either to queries or comments--given the space constraints and ambient noise in the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center--while the public’s general lack of familiarity with the central players left folks unsure to whom they should be addressing themselves.

Reporters, on the other hand, were invited to attend a press conference of sorts 30 minutes before the open house officially began, at which DNR Director Cam Clark, DNR Director of State Parks Dan Bortner, and DNR Director of Communications Phil Bloom, along with Pavilion Partners LLC principal Chuck Williams, were available to discuss the project. In the end, however, several reporters arrived late and the session ended only 20 minutes after it started.

The two-hour event on Wednesday will begin with a “brief presentation from the DNR, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or make comments before the full audience,” the DNR said.

Doors to the auditorium will open at 5:45 p.m. Chesterton Middle School is located at 651 W. Morgan Ave. in Chesterton.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the project can be viewed at Questions and comments also can be sent to


Earlier Chesterton Tribune news stories in reverse chronological order:

Crowd turns out for open house on banquet center at Dunes State Park beach

Pavilion plan: DNR answers reporters' questions in separate session

DNR to face questions on Pavilion project at Monday open house

Principals in Dunes State Park Pavilion rehab are well known to local business community

State Park Pavilion rehab begins as part of restaurant deal


Posted 4/10/2015




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