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Deal to develop parkland near dunes riles conservationists

Deal to develop parkland near dunes riles conservationists

The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Yet five years after a politically connected developer suggested officials should hire a company to rehabilitate a dilapidated beachfront pavilion at the popular tourist destination, a small construction project has ballooned into a decades-long privatization deal with the state. It includes two beachfront restaurants, a rooftop bar, a glass-walled banquet hall promising "the best view in Indiana" — and there is potential for more development to come. What's more, the company ultimately...

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