On Monday, February
29, members of Dunes Action delivered petitions to the Indianapolis
Statehouse containing nearly 10,000 signatures opposing the plan for a
private banquet center featuring bars and restaurants at the beach in the
Indiana Dunes State Park.
Jim Sweeney of
Izaak Walton League/Dunes Action, and DA supporter Dan Johnston, who
coordinates the volunteer, faith-based charitable Duneland Resale Shop in
Chesterton, visited with House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and other
legislators before delivering the petitions to Governor Mike Pence.
“We are happy that
Representatives Pelath, Moseley and Dvorak were able to take time from their
hectic schedules to meet with us,” Sweeney said.
“We want Governor
Pence to understand the serious impact that this banquet center and several
venues serving alcohol at Dunes State Park will have on our community and
local businesses,” he added.
Dunes Action said
the 10,000 signatures amount to 27 signatures a day, every day, since the
petitions were started one year ago when Pavilion Partners’ plans for the
commercial banquet center adjacent to the historic pavilion first became
The petitions have
been carried in person at the European Market, at public Dunes Action
meetings, at the IDSP beach, in neighborhoods and among families and
friends. Local businesses including Red Cup, L.O.A.F. and Tiger Lily have
also hosted petitions.
A bill pending in
the State Senate, HB 1386, would allow the DNR to secure alcohol permits,
without state or local oversight, for all state parks, among its other
provisions. The measure has already cleared the House.
If approved by the
Legislature, it would become law unless Gov. Pence vetoes it.
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