Dunes Action is
calling on its supporters to attend an upcoming public Natural Resources
Commission meeting to be held at 5:00 p.m. on November 29.
The meeting will
take place at Oakwood Hall in Woodland Park, located at 2100 Willowcreek
Road in Portage, Indiana. The Commission will be considering a rule revision
to allow alcohol at Indiana Dunes State Park, a change which the public has
Last year, over 500
people attended a meeting of the Porter County Alcoholic Beverage Board at
the Porter County Expo Center to protest the issuance of a liquor license to
Pavilion Partners, which plans to build a banquet center at Dunes State
Park. That license was denied and the denial was later upheld by the state’s
Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
“Both the local
board and the state ATC denied Pavilion Partners a liquor license due to the
high level of public opposition. Political connections were then used to do
a legislative end-run that took away local citizens’ rights to protest the
license. So now, given the chance, we will protest the rule,” said Jim
Sweeney, Dunes Action co-founder. “We intend to show the NRC just how
strongly we feel about this,” he said.
Oakwood Hall has a
capacity of 650, and Dunes Action is expecting hundreds of its supporters to
show up to the meeting.
“We are far from
giving up this fight, and we’ll use every possible opportunity to protest,”
said Norm Hellmers, Dunes Action member. “The Commission will hear loud and
clear that the public does not want or need alcohol at Dunes State Park.”
Dunes Action will
be holding its next public meeting on Tuesday, November 15, at the
Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 Indiana Street, Chesterton.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Dunes ACTION! is a
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