Gary Man Fights for Right to Fish in Lake Michigan
No Equal Opportunity To Fish In Lake Michigan In Gary Indiana The struggle to gain public access to fish in Lake Michigan in Gary Indiana has been a long battle. It has been fought by many organizations such as the Lake County Fish & Game and the Izaak Walton League from every chapter in Northwest Indiana and the Save The Dunes Council, Perch America , Salmon Unlimited, The Buffington Pier Community Coalition ,Calumet Community Congress and numerous other fishing clubs and businesses. In 1971 over 300 fishermen armed with rods and reels with local boaters threatened to seize Buffington Harbor and blockade it and prevent freighters from docking and have a massive Fish In. The governor had to intervene and open Buffington Harbor. Within a few years the Gary Parks Board closed Buffington Harbor after getting in bed with United States Steel. To this date Gary Indiana is the only city on the entire Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System in the United States & Canada without a public access fishing spot. I have filed a civil rights complaint against the city of Gary Indiana & the State of Indiana that is ongoing the feds have recently come to Gary to look at our 22 miles of lake front and have met with advocates of the region who care about the sport of fishing & the economic engine it creates. Let us go fishing free of charge in deep water 24/7 in lake Michigan off the wharves & piers that sit idle Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson.
Reader Questions Hammond Economic Development
Hammond deserves economic development, not economic diminution. Indianapolis Boulevard is one of the city’s main arteries. I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of despair when traveling this road. How many pawn shops are too many? From 175th going North on Indianapolis Blvd, to 165th- I counted four. Three are within a 30 second walking distance of eachother. We have the cash for gold shop @ 7447 Indianapolis Blvd. North of that we have 2 fairly large pawn shops located at 6752 Indianapolis Blvd. and 6715 Indianapolis Blvd. The former La Rosa’s site located at 6817 Indianapolis Blvd. is in the works of becoming a large pawn shop, and the 3rd in that vicinity. Where is the outrage? Hammond needs eateries, not more pawn shops. Do we really want to be an easy destination for thugs to come make a quick dime off of stolen property? Do we really want these people in our neighborhoods, potentially looking for new areas to commit their crimes? It is all too depressing.
-Katie Fuller, Hammond
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