Revitalizing the Lake Michigan Shoreline

The Marquette Plan began as a simple concept with three basic principles - to recapture 75 percent of the shoreline for public use, to have a minimum setback of 200 feet from the shoreline, and a continuous trail from the State Line to the City of Portage. Working with the local elected officials, industry, environmental organizations, and labor leaders of our five lakefront communities - Whiting, Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, and Portage - and the State of Indiana through the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, Pete has leveraged local funding to secure federal funding necessary to unlock one of our greatest assets here in the region and provide more public access to Lake Michigan.