Dunes Action! is
calling on all its thousands of supporters to attend a meeting of the
Natural Resources Commission (NRC), set for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at 5
p.m., at Oakwood Hall, in Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., in Portage.
This meeting will
allow the public to comment to the NRC, which has proposed a rule titled
"Alcohol at Indiana Dunes State Park" (LSA #16-369), that is now posted
online and open for public comment. The rule changes language defining where
alcohol can be sold and consumed in the park and would rescind the
longstanding ban on alcohol within the Indiana Dunes State Park.
“The NRC should
respect the will of the people,” said Jim Sweeney, president of the Porter
County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.
“The vote of the
local alcohol board and the State Alcohol & Tobacco Commission should not
have been nullified by end-run legislation. We feel the NRC should put a
stop to this back room, sweetheart deal,” Sweeney said.
suggests these points, among others, can be made to the NRC:
alcohol at the Dunes State Park will negatively affect our family friendly
* As written,
the rule ties the area where alcohol can be served to a permit, lease or
contract. This could allow further expansion of alcohol into the park--the
rule is not restrictive enough.
lifeguards should not have to deal with adult drinkers.
alcohol on the beach increases the risk of drownings. There was an alcohol
related drowning at the park this summer. Allowing alcohol at this park on
Lake Michigan is dangerous, especially when lifeguards are not present.
additional conservation officers will be added to ensure public safety.
taxpayers will be forced to pay for local law enforcement to respond to
alcohol-related incidents at the park, although they now have no recourse to
protest the DNR’s liquor license. This is taxation without representation.
* It has been
well documented that the public does not want or need alcohol at this park!
* Over 10,000
signatures were gathered and presented to legislators and to Gov. Pence in
opposition to this project and against alcohol in Indiana Dunes State Park.
Online comments may
be made at the NRC’s rulemaking docket page at