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Dunes Action updates crowd on Pavilion project

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Dunes Action updated around 60 supporters on its campaign against the Pavilion project at Indiana Dunes State Park at a meeting in the Baugher Center on Tuesday, August 28.

In a news release, the organization recapped the discussion of issues at the meeting.

Of particular 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.

Member Norm 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.

Hellmers also 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


Posted 8/30/2018





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