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Hearing on State Park alcohol permit canceled was set in error

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Dunes Action is expressing its disappointment after a public hearing originally scheduled for today before the Porter County Alcohol Beverage Commission, on the renewal of the alcohol permit issued to Indiana Dunes Station Park, was canceled.

That public hearing was advertised in local newspapers but, in fact, was placed on the ABC’s agenda in error.

As David Cook, chair of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, informed Dunes Action in an e-mail, pursuant to statute effective July 1, 2016, state parks are not required to appear before local ABCs to renew their alcohol permits.

Dunes Action co-founder Jim Sweeney noted in a press release that many of the group’s supporters were planning on attending the hearing, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Porter County Administration Building.

But Dunes Action was notified in an e-mail on Wednesday that there will be no hearing for the permit.

“Many of our supporters are still upset with the current plans to add retail alcohol sales on both floors of the pavilion and on the roof,” Sweeney said.

“They are still chomping at the bit to tell somebody off.”

“We are still watching this closely,” Sweeney added. “A public beach in a popular state park is a terrible place to sell booze.”



Posted 7/12/2018




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