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Dunes Action to rally supporters for NRC meeting Tuesday, November 29

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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 consistently opposed.

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 grassroots, all-volunteer, non-partisan coalition. Find them on Facebook and at


Posted 11/10/2016




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