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Council suggests tourism board move Pavilion meeting back north

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Members of the Porter County Council said on Tuesday that they hope the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission decides to retract its decision to move the discussion with Pavilion Partners LLC, on July 16, to the Memorial Opera House in downtown Valparaiso.

Council member Jim Biggs, R-1st, said “he would ask” the PCCRVC to reconsider ,as most of the debate is in the north section of the county. He said there is probably a school auditorium that would be available.

Agreeing were Council President Dan Whitten, D-at large, and member Sylvia Graham, D-at large.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources hosted public meetings earlier this year at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and at the Chesterton Middle School.

PCCRVC Executive Director Lorelei Weimer on Monday sent an email to the Chesterton Tribune saying the meeting location would be moved from the Visitor Center to the Memorial Opera House due to the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission using the auditorium for a presentation that afternoon.

The Pavilion presentation is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and will last until 6 p.m. Both sides will get equal time to speak and PCCRVC will take written questions from the audience and pose them to Pavilion Partners members.

Graham, who has spoken publicly against the project, took a moment during Tuesday’s Council meeting to make her concerns known to her colleagues. She said she wants to know how waste will be disposed of at the proposed 30,000 square foot conference center, which would adjoin the historic Dunes Pavilion.

Graham said those matters have not been answered by Pavilion Partners nor the DNR and warned that the County might be on the hook since the location is within the County’s unincorporated limits.

“It’s going to be thrown in our laps when all is said and done,” she said.

Liquor license

Meanwhile, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has rescheduled a review of Pavilion Partners’ petition for a liquor license to its next meeting on Tuesday, July 21, in Indianapolis.

The Porter County Alcoholic Beverage Commission about two weeks ago voted two in favor and two against, with one abstention, failing to approve a liquor license for Partners.



Posted 6/24/2015




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