New Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Chief Named

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February 10, 2014 — Lakeshore Public Media staff and National Park Service–

A Minnesota National Park Service facility administrator is coming to northwest Indiana to be the next superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Paul Labovitz  is taking the post on May 18 left vacant when Costa Dillon retired last August.  He is currently Superintendent at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The new Jersey native began working for the Park Service in Philadelphia as an outdoor recreational planner in 1988.

Labovitz says he’s looking forward to coming to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  He says building on over a century of conservation work along Lake Michigan and helping set the course for the next century is very exciting.

One of the projects he’ll supervise is the review of recent ground radar readings at Mount Baldy that revealed several anomalies.  An Illinois boy fell thru the sand dune there last summer, but he was rescued and recovered after a brief hospital stay.

The ground-penetrating radar report found 66 spots where there’s something other than pure sand in the dune.  Some of those are probably tree stumps or holes, but at least six of the anomalies are metal objects.


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