BEVERLY SHORES | Nestled in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, this Porter County community attracts people because of its natural environs.
"The nature and the beach, the woods and lack of development," Geof Benson rattled off why he and his family settled in the community 22 years ago.
And, he said, while it is a quiet community that doesn't change much, one of its primary benefits is its proximity to the South Shore passenger train service.
"Even in a real bad snowstorm, you can still walk to the train," said Benson, who also serves as the Beverly Shores Town Council president.
The community was founded in the 1920s by land speculators taking advantage of the same amenities that bring residents here today. It attracted people from Chicago then, as it still does.
Incorporated as a town in 1947, the community grew slowly and continues to maintain its appeal.
Residents are served by the town government, its own volunteer Fire Department and Police Department, and an active Association of Beverly Shores Residents group, which provides social activities and events for residents and publishes monthly newsletters to maintain communication within the community.
Despite a difficult economy in 2010, Benson said residents saw several improvements. Its Police Department gained two new vehicles through a federal grant.
Beverly Drive was paved with proceeds from another grant. The foundation of the gazebo at the lakefront was also rebuilt, said Benson, adding that the town also continues monitoring E.coli along the beach in a partnership with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Improvements to the community will continue this year as funds left over from the gazebo project will be used to rebuild the stairs leading to the town's wide beach.
Benson said community officials also will be working closely with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as they work on raising Kemil Road, which will have an effect on residents in town.