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[DNR] NRC approves Indiana Dunes State Park Pavilion change
Start Date: 1/22/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/22/2014End Time: 11:59 PM
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The Indiana Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday gave its final approval to allow the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in a defined area of Indiana Dunes State Park and gave final adoption to a number of rule changes regarding fish and wildlife permits and DNR property rules.

The change for Indiana Dunes State Park specifically authorizes possession and consumption of alcohol on the licensed premise of the Pavilion at the state park. In a related measure at its May 2012 meeting, the NRC had authorized the DNR to enter negotiations with a potential concessionaire for a restaurant, snack bar, and service area in the Pavilion. Alcohol will continue to be prohibited elsewhere at Indiana Dunes State Park.

Final adoption of rule changes governing fish and wildlife include changes governing the Nuisance Wild Animal Control Permit, Falconry License, Shooting Preserve License, and Wild Animal Possession Permit.

The NRC preliminarily adopted rule changes related to hiring and other personnel changes within the DNR Division of Law Enforcement.

The second DNR Law Enforcement rule change that was preliminarily adopted establishes boating restrictions on designated swimming portions of Lake Michigan. The changes address improvements to facilities in East Chicago, adjacent to the Jeorse Park Beach Swimming Area; and in Gary, adjacent to the Marquette Park Beach Swimming Area.

All rules that are preliminarily adopted are now open for public comment and will have a public hearing that will be scheduled at a later date. The NRC must still give the proposed changes final adoption after the public comment period ends. The rule changes given final adoption must still be approved by the attorney general and governor, a process that can take as long as 75 days, after which they are published in the Indiana Register, and become effective 30 days after publication.

In other actions at Tuesday’s meeting, the NRC:

—dedicated two new nature preserves, Munsee Woods in Delaware County and Trevlac Bluffs in Brown County.

—approved amendments to the non-rule policy listing Indiana’s animals, insects and plants that are extirpated, endangered, threatened or rare.

—gave final adoption to several DNR property rules, including allowing the release of a pet or service animal from its leash in areas authorized by the DNR (such as the new dog park at Fort Harrison State Park), and clarifying that a person using a trail on a DNR property may leave the trail if participating in an activity authorized by a DNR license.

—approved process to update NRC records-retention schedules.

More details on the items listed can be viewed on the meeting agenda at IN.gov/nrc/2354.htm.
Contact Information:
Name: Marty Benson
Phone: (317) 233-3853
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov
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