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DunesAction meeting fills Library Service Center

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Over 125 area residents turned out at the Westchester Library Service Center to organize to stop a proposed private banquet/conference center at the beach in the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Desi Robertson, spokesperson for meeting sponsor DunesAction!, provided an overview of the project planned by the DNR and Pavilion Partners to build the banquet center at the beach.

Robertson said Dunes Action’s theme is “this is the wrong project, wrong place, wrong process and wrong partners,” and she gave a detailed presentation illustrating each point.

Robertson said the DNR kept the project secret. She provided an overview of how the plan came to light and then introduced DunesAction! steering committee members.

“This proposal hurts local businesses, they (PP LLC) will pay no property taxes, and have the best possible view of the Indiana shoreline,” she said.

She said the plan violates the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 and would negatively impact the environment.

Also, the plan includes bringing alcohol back to the beach, adversely affecting the safety and family-friendly atmosphere of the park, she said.

Often erupting in applause and cheers, those in attendance agreed to post yard signs and carry petitions throughout Porter, LaPorte and Lake Counties to build opposition to the proposal.

After the presentation over 100 yard signs were distributed and orders were taken for the second printing.

Dunes Action! has garnered over 3,000 signatures on petitions against the construction.

The group at Monday’s meeting also signed postcards against the project, which will be sent to Governor Mike Pence and to Cameron Clark, Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Currently, the group is focusing on the PCCRVC public meeting Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m., at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso. Dunes ACTION! describes itself as a grassroots, all-volunteer, non-partisan coalition opposed to the DNR plan to allow a private development company to build and operate a conference/banquet center on the lakefront. It is on the web at www.dunesaction.org

 

 

Posted 6/23/2015

 
 
 
 

 

 

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