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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "State recommends local public hearing on pavilion alcohol license"

As mentioned near the end of this ILB post from Monday: "Pavilion Partners has applied for a liquor license, which will be considered by the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Commission on Tuesday in Indianapolis."

Late yesterday Dan Carden of the NWI Times reported in a long on the meeting:

INDIANAPOLIS | Supporters and opponents of a proposal to sell alcohol at a restored pavilion in Indiana Dunes State Park may get another chance to have their say.

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission voted 4-0 on Tuesday to send the alcohol license application for Pavilion Partners LLC back to the Porter County Alcoholic Beverage Board for a second public hearing and board recommendation.

The local board deadlocked 2-2 following a June 11 public hearing where board members expressed frustration with the limited information they were provided and that only three residents commented on the proposal during the weekday morning meeting.

David Cook, chairman of the state alcohol licensing commission, said he's since received 264 letters and emails opposing the plan — many bemoaning the limited public notice and participation at the Porter County Board. * * *

Specifically, she said the application ownership listing differed from the company's pavilion lease with the Department of Natural Resources, a food sales estimate was tallied incorrectly and boxes required to be initialed were left blank.

She added that letters of opposition she's received also questioned the need for alcohol at the pavilion and the reputation of Charles Williams, primary owner of Pavilion Partners.

Cook said he plans to send a letter to the Porter County alcohol board urging it hold another public hearing on a corrected alcohol license application at a convenient time for maximum community participation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 22, 2015 09:56 AM
Posted to Indiana Government