Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Ind. Gov't. - "Dunes pavilion alcohol plan moving forward"
INDIANAPOLIS — A state administrative rule change required for alcohol to be sold in a renovated pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park has cleared its first hurdle.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission unanimously gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the revised rule that permits alcohol in the pavilion, a potential adjacent banquet center and up to 100 feet into the parking lot. * * *
The pending rule change now goes to the governor's Office of Management and Budget for review of its financial impact on the state — a process likely to take two to six months.
Once evaluated by OMB, it will return to the Natural Resources Commission for a final public hearing prior to a vote on adoption.
Norman Hellmers, of Valparaiso, speaking on behalf of Dunes Action!, a group opposed to alcohol in the park, urged the committee to short-circuit that process by refusing to even preliminarily accept the rule.
He warned that alcohol at the Dunes will lead to a return of the bad old days where gangs ran rampant throughout the park.
"There are not masses of people saying we want this. People are saying we don't want this," Hellmers said. "10,000 people have signed petitions against alcohol and against the banquet center." * * *
The rule change process is separate from DNR obtaining Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission approval for vendors to sell beer, wine and liquor in nine state parks, including Dunes.
John Davis, deputy DNR director, said the agency plans to apply for those permits in August or September.
A new state law mandates the ATC issue "state park" alcohol permits to DNR, upon request, and without being subject to local review or approval, after the Porter County Alcoholic Beverage Commission twice denied Pavilion Partners, the company renovating the Dunes pavilion, the alcohol sales permit it said is needed to run a successful operation.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 20, 2016 02:35 PM
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