Dunes Action will
hold its next public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Baugher
Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton.
At that meeting,
Dunes Action will update the community about the National Park Service’s
recent letter to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in which NPS
advised DNR that Pavilion Partners LLC’s latest plans for the Pavilion would
appear to constitute a conversion of the facility’s public outdoor
recreation function and thus make the project non-compliant with the Land
and Water Conservation Act. NPS added in that letter that the new plans
varied enough from the old ones to “require a new review.”
Action has alleged that construction to date on the Pavilion was done in
violation of state historic preservation laws, a claim which a special
prosecutor is now investigating.
“We look forward to
updating the public about the ongoing problems with this project,” said Jim
Sweeney, co-founder of Dunes Action. “We think that the Pavilion should be
open to all park visitors rather than being turned into a three-story saloon
for paying customers only,” he said.
Dunes Action is a
grassroots, all-volunteer, non-partisan coalition. It can be found on
Facebook and at www.dunesaction.org