In a news release,
the organization recapped the discussion of issues at the meeting.
moment: the May 15 letter from the National Park Service (NPS) to Public
Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) regarding unapproved
changes in Pavilion Partners LLC’s plans for the Pavilion at Indiana Dunes
State Park beach.
PEER has been
working closely with Dunes Action, which credits PEER for bringing “legal
muscle” to the fight.
In the May 15
letter, NPS told PEER that the updated plans for the pavilion made public in
February no longer were “secondary and supportive of outdoor recreation” and
that it has suggested to the DNR that Pavilion Partners be directed to
either return to the original plans, submit new ones, or consider
“converting” the Pavilion, the press release stated.
Hellmers updated attendees on state and federal rules to protect historic
buildings. “Being eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
provides the same protections as being on the list,” he said.
shared information from one of his many Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
requests and said that it showed evidence that Pavilion Partners was
notified of the rules pertaining to historical properties in 2010.
Dunes Action has
not been contacted by the Special Prosecutor appointed by Porter County
Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel, to review Dunes Action’s complaint that
the DNR, and Pavilion Partners, violated Indiana Code in developing the
Pavilion, the release said.
Dunes Action! is a
grassroots, non-partisan, all volunteer coalition, focused on protecting the
historic beach Pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park and the surrounding area
from private, commercial development that is not aligned with or supportive
of outdoor recreation. Find Dunes Action! on Facebook, and at