During a recent City Council meeting in the pavilion at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, dozens of people trudged to and from a strip of National Lakeshore beach directly west.
A few miles to the east, thousands of men and women worked on ships and barges and in steel- and agriculture-related jobs at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor for companies that pay Porter County almost $4 million a year in property taxes.
"We don't have all the sand we used to have," Combs said. "The Port of Indiana was built, and the port blocks the littoral flow of sand which nourishes our beach. There's absolutely no beach in some places in front of Shore Drive."
Throughout the years, the state, through its Department of Natural Resources, has intervened, at times, helping to build sheet metal walls on properties to protect against the lake's battering waves or allowing large rocks, called toe protection, to be piled up in front of houses to dissipate the energy of high waves.
However it's done, moving more sand onto eroding beaches helps, Davis said.
"You're basically extending the life of the beach nourishment by putting it up on the beach," he said. "If you put sand in the lake, 100 percent can move down drift, but if you put it on the beach, that sand is available to absorb wave energy into the Portage lakefront beach for a long period of time."
Relax Officials, residents, researchers look for answers to beach erosion stories
The Indiana Department of Natural Resource's plans to have Pavilion Partners begin renovation work on the interior of the pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park this fall appears to be in jeopardy because the project has not yet been approved by the National Park Service.
In what was likely the last Valparaiso Triathlon — at least in the foreseeable future — two triathletes who had never won the 14-year event took home first-place trophies.
Students streamed off a school bus outside Portage Township High School Friday morning like it was any other school day.
The morning after a two-alarm fire ravaged the Izaak Walton League-Miller Chapter building in Portage last month, Leon Lach moved through the rubble, partly in shock, promising the group would be back.
Tony Cheky called RailCats manager Greg Tagert once every three weeks.
Two litters of fluffy, blue-eyed mountain lion kittens born to two different mothers, but with the same father, were recently discovered in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains, officials said.
Three generations of Millner women converged with dozens of family members on Willowcreek Road for the Portage Independence Day parade Monday.
A Portage man has made another attempt to avoid a trial for a four-decades-old death of a toddler in Illinois, taking his claims to the Illinois State Supreme Court.
Saying a study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor's future is months overdue and stuck in "bureaucratic limbo," three local members of Congress are urging the National Park Service to release the report.