Dunes State Park Pavilion gets OK for alcohol
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 January 22, 2014 4:10PM
Updated: February 24, 2014 1:15PM
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has given final approval for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Indiana Dunes State Park Pavilion in Chesterton.
Gov. Mike Pence and Attorney General Greg Zoeller still must approve the change.
The state hasn’t yet designated the potential concessionaire for a restaurant, snack bar and banquet area at the Pavilion. The DNR has been in talks with a potential leaseholder since 2012.
The operator is expected to sign a 30-year lease with two 10-year options to renew. The state considers the historic pavilion on the beach an integral part of the park, although it’s in need of rehabilitation. Because the state doesn’t have funding for the renovation, it’s seeking the public/private partnership.
The operator will design, develop, build and manage the pavilion. The DNR anticipates a full service restaurant and banquet service.
In 2012, the General Assembly approved a bill sanctioning alcohol at the Pavilion.