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DunesAction! launches website against beach conference center

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The ad hoc Dunes Action! coalition has created a website in their campaign to stop the Indiana DNR and Pavilion Partners LLC from building a new conference/banquet center on the beach at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Local and statewide organizations, businesses, and many residents have been vocal in their opposition to the new building.

“The website will help us get all the information out to the public that they need to make the right decision.

“That is to stop the new building,” said Dunes Action! co-chair Desiree Robertson.

Supporters of Dunes Action! have many different reasons for opposing the project. Some call it a trade of public land for private commercial development. Others are opposed because of the lack of transparency in the procees.

“The DNR and the Pavilion Partners have been negotiating this deal for three years without a single notice to the public that the ‘pavilion re-use’ project included a new building as big as the original,” said Jim Sweeney, president of the Porter County Izaak Walton League Chapter.

“We will put a lot of links on that website and all the documentation we can find,” said Robertson, “it will also have a PayPal link for fundraising for supplies and professional advice.”

Donations can also be sent by mail to the PCC-IWLA (include IDSP on memo line) to 791 N Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, IN. Donations to the Porter County Chapter are tax deductible.

The URL is and Dunes Action! can also be found on Facebook.


Posted 5/21/2015




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