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
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.