INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House on Tuesday endorsed Whiting's plans for alcohol sales at new restaurants near Lake Michigan.
Senate Bill 173, which allows the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to auction up to six new alcohol sale permits in Whiting, was approved 88-10.
Only restaurants located within three blocks of Lake Michigan would be eligible for the new permits and the permits could not be relocated elsewhere. The minimum auction price for each new permit would be $10,000.
State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, whose district includes Whiting, said the legislation will continue momentum on the development of Whiting's lakefront.
“It is the most amazing little community that you can imagine and they're lucky enough to have a lakefront that has not been developed by industry, and it is a jewel,” Lawson said.
The measure must be re-approved by the Senate before it can go to the governor because the House changed the Senate-approved version by limiting the total number of new alcohol sales permits and allowing them only in Whiting.