Voice of the People
I strongly oppose the Department of Natural Resource's proposal to build
hotel, conference center, pool, and potentially a parking garage at the
Indiana Dunes State Park.
While I support DNR in its efforts to reduce natural resource impacts on the
park and to raise revenue, leasing land in the park to a private entity and
building a hotel, conference center and pool is not the answer.
The Indiana Dunes is an area of global significance, part of the largest
system of freshwater dunes in the world. As part of the birthplace of
ecology, this State Park attracts and educates visitors on that merit alone
and is not compatible with a hotel development - whether it is financed by a
developer or through a bonding issue.
Leasing public land for the benefit of a private developer is both
short-sighted and unconscionable.
The Indiana Dunes State Park belongs to
all Indiana residents, present and future - it is not politician's to lease to
the highest bidder.
I urge you to look into this proposal at once. Thank you for your time.