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Dunes Action urges public to comment at NRC hearing November 29

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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.

Dunes Action suggests these points, among others, can be made to the NRC:

*  Allowing alcohol at the Dunes State Park will negatively affect our family friendly destination.

*  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.

*  Teen lifeguards should not have to deal with adult drinkers.

*  Selling 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.

*  No additional conservation officers will be added to ensure public safety.

*  Area 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 accepted

Online comments may be made at the NRC’s rulemaking docket page at Let the NRC know that you disagree with this rule and that is should not be passed. The proposed rule is titled "Alcohol at Indiana Dunes State Park" (LSA #16-369).

Dunes Action! is a grassroots, all-volunteer, non-partisan coalition that is opposed to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources plan to allow a private development company to build a conference/banquet center on the lakefront at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Donations by check may be sent to: PCC Izaak Walton League of America, 791 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, IN, 46383. (Write Dunes Action in the memo line).

Donations and correspondence may also be sent to Dunes Action!, P.O. Box 2031, Chesterton, IN, 46304.

Find Dunes Action on Facebook and at to learn more. Donations may be made online at that address.




Posted 11/22/2016




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