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The Coastal Advisory Board provides a public forum for diverse stakeholders to assist with the implementation of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program.
Voting members of the Coastal Advisory Board are selected by the director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Nominations will be solicited every two years for board positions, and every year for “rotating” positions – planner, chamber of commerce, and citizen at large. Non-voting members will be selected by the designated agency.
Members of the Coastal Advisory Board shall:
Members serve two year appointments with the exception of those noted as “rotate” which are one year appointments. Vacancies in the membership are filled by the DNR director or the designated agency.
The Coastal Advisory Board elects a chairperson, vice chair and secretary from among its membership by a simple majority vote every year at the April meeting.
Terms for the Chair, and Vice Chair are one (1) year in duration. Members may serve in the position for a maximum of two (2) terms.
2015 - 2016 Board Members
Local Government and Citizens:
Lake County City or Town - Tim Kingsland, City of Hobart
Porter County City or Town – Jeffrey Katz, Town of Beverly Shores
LaPorte County City or Town - Frank Seilheimer, City of Michigan City, Forester
Citizen at Large (Lake County) - Richard Morrisroe
Coastal Land Use:
Local Chamber of Commerce (LaPorte County) - Kenneth Purze, Town of Michiana Shores
Industry and Business - Dan Plath, Nisource Corporate Services (Vice Chair)
Tourism - Christine Livingston, Porter County Convention Recreation Visitor Council
Local Planner (Porter County) -
Environmental Advocacy – Nicole Barker, Save the Dunes (Secretary)
Local Parks and Recreation – Shannon Eason, Michigan City Parks Department
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Kim Swift, Education Programs Manager
Local Natural Resource Management - Paul Labus, The Nature Conservancy
Historical/Cultural Resources - Tiffany Tolbert, Calumet Region – Historical Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (CHAIR)
IN Dept of Environmental Management – Ashley Snyder, LaMP / RAP Coordinator
NIRPC - Kathy Luther, Environmental Director
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Elizabeth McCloskey
US EPA - Tom Davenport
Universities - Young Choi
USDA NRCS - VACANT
IL IN Sea Grant - Leslie Dorworth
US Army Corps - Joel Schmidt
Regional Development Authority – Jill Huber
June 17, 2015 - Public Input Meeting
When: 6:30 pm CDT
Where: Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
April 15, 2015 - Informational Meeting
When: 9 a.m. CDT
Where: LaPorte County - City of Michigan City, Emergency Management Conference Room
100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN 46360
Feb. 18, 2015 - Informational Meeting
When: 10 a.m. CDT
Where: Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Program Center Building, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383