Protect the Indiana Dunes & Preserve Local Control
Legislation intended to allow a controversial and privately owned banquet center to be built in the Indiana Dunes State Park was unfortunately signed into law this year. HB 1386 will grant the necessary alcohol permit to which was previously denied by the alcohol beverage commission after a lengthy and deliberative public process. Although HB 1386 was prompted to allow the environmentally damaging Dunes development to proceed despite overwhelming public opposition, it will have broader, state-wide impacts by completely removing the opportunity for public input into DNR’s alcohol permitting process at all state parks. DNR should be in the business of protecting our state parks not serving the economic interests of private developers.