Dunes Action is
expressing its disappointment after a public hearing originally scheduled
for today before the Porter County Alcohol Beverage Commission, on the
renewal of the alcohol permit issued to Indiana Dunes Station Park, was
That public hearing
was advertised in local newspapers but, in fact, was placed on the ABC’s
agenda in error.
As David Cook,
chair of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, informed Dunes Action
in an e-mail, pursuant to statute effective July 1, 2016, state parks are
not required to appear before local ABCs to renew their alcohol permits.
co-founder Jim Sweeney noted in a press release that many of the group’s
supporters were planning on attending the hearing, which was scheduled for
10 a.m. today at the Porter County Administration Building.
But Dunes Action
was notified in an e-mail on Wednesday that there will be no hearing for the
“Many of our
supporters are still upset with the current plans to add retail alcohol
sales on both floors of the pavilion and on the roof,” Sweeney said.
“They are still
chomping at the bit to tell somebody off.”
“We are still
watching this closely,” Sweeney added. “A public beach in a popular state
park is a terrible place to sell booze.”