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Natural Resources Commission begins rule changing process to allow alcohol at Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion and banquet c...

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The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has preliminarily adopted a pair of rule amendments to align state property rules with recent legislation authorizing the DNR to obtain a permit directly from the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to serve alcohol at state park properties.

The first amendment limits the properties for which the DNR may obtain an alcohol permit. The second merely acknowledges the enactment of the new legislation as it pertains to Indiana Dunes State Park.

The public will have an opportunity to submit comments and attend a public hearing on the rule proposals prior to the NRC’s considering final adoption. Up-to-date information on the scheduling of public hearings and additional information regarding the submission of written comments can be obtained from the NRC’s online Rulemaking Docket at

Meanwhile, the NRC heard a presentation from Division of State Parks Director Dan Bortner, who provided an overview of each property for which the DNR will be submitting an alcohol permit application to the ATC. These properties include the seven which currently have a state park inn, as well as Indiana Dunes State Park and the Falls of the Ohio State Park.

For a complete description of the process for both actions regarding state parks and alcohol, please see


Posted 7/20/2016





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