Indiana Dunes developer warns state may owe him millions if setbacks derail his plans


By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — A politically connected developer says Indiana could owe him millions of dollars if setbacks derail his plans to bring fine dining, a banquet hall and bar to a lakefront state park surrounded by the state’s towering dunes.

Chuck Williams told The Associated Press that that he will be appealing a state agency’s decision to deny him a liquor license. He views the license as key to moving forward with his planned rehabilitation and expansion of a dilapidated beachfront pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park.

Williams say that if he doesn’t get a liquor license it could void his contract, which would require the state to reimburse him for expenses.

State officials wouldn’t comment directly, but acknowledged the contract has provisions allowing Williams to seek compensation.