An extra 100
parking permits for Porter Beach--a total of 700-- will be up for grabs when
permits go on sale March 11.
At last night’s
Porter Town Council meeting, the Council passed on second reading the
ordinance governing the sale of beach permits, and Council President Greg
Stinson reminded residents of the dates of sale and new rules regarding how
many can be bought at one time.
Stinson also urged
residents to check their licenses and vehicles registrations to make sure
they don’t list a Chesterton address in error.
Last year, the
Council approved giving Porter residents first dibs on the permits by
reserving the first two days of sale for people in Town, but Stinson says
the BMV sometimes makes mistakes due to Porter and Chesterton sharing a zip
“For the first two
days, if the legal address says Chesterton, you’re not getting a permit,”
Stinson said. “I encourage you to check. There’s still time to go to the BMV
and get things changed.”
On Monday, March 11
and Tuesday, March 12, Porter residents have first dibs on the permits. The
remaining permits are available to the general public Wednesday, March 13.
Town employees, including Porter Volunteer Firefighters, can buy during a
presale on the preceding Friday. Permits are no longer available through
Those who buy
cannot buy more than two permits per address and cannot buy for more than
two households at once. The total number of permits that someone may walk
away from the line with at one time is four, regardless of residency.
Residents can only buy for other residents on the first two days.
Stinson noted the
wording of the ordinance does allow for people who have bought four permits
to buy more, but they may only do so after going to the end of the line and
The change was in
response to people last year buying five or more permits at once, which
meant a very limited number was left for people outside Porter after they
went on sale for residents.
“While we want to
make sure that our residents can have the opportunity, we also know there
was some gaming of the system,” said Stinson. “There were people from
outside the town and the Duneland community who got shut out. We want to
The prices for
permits remain the same as last year: $10 for seniors, $20 for Town
employees, $30 for Porter residents, $60 for Indiana residents outside of
Porter, and $100 for those out of state. Elected officials do not get Town
In other business,
the Town reupped its Animal Control contract with the County for three more
years. The cost of the service is $10,158--down from $11,520 last year.
The Board also
approved an agreement with Shirley Heinze Land Trust for them to do trail
and clearing work at Hawthorne Park.