Idaho Transportation Department grants Race Permit

At least the race for permits is on. So far, all but the Kootenai County Sheriff's office, have permitted the Labor Day Weekend event. And there's concern that Sheriff Wolflinger's controversial denial of permit is outside State Law.  File photo: Diamond Cup LLC

At least the race for permits is on. So far, all but the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office, have permitted the Labor Day Weekend event. And there’s concern that Sheriff Wolflinger’s controversial denial of permit is outside State Law.
File photo: Diamond Cup LLC

Another Win: ITD grants Race Permit to Diamond Cup Promotors

(Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) A detailed transportation plan for the 2014 Diamond Cup received approval today and the Idaho Transportation Department has issued race organizers a permit for the Labor Day event.

This adds to a growing list of successful permit applications by Diamond LLC over the past week.

The plan approved and permitted by ITD encompasses, among other things, the bussing plan to and from the Labor Day event, the signage along the highway in the vicinity of Silver Beach, and the requirements expected of the group for organizing and supervising other aspects of traffic control.

Ironically, the ITD permit is one of the requirements for a Marine Event Permit set forth by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger set a July 1 deadline for the submission of all necessary Marine Event Permit materials even though he knew that the ITD permit would not be issued until after his deadline (a deadline that does not comport with Idaho Code).

On Friday, the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) notified Doug Miller of Diamond Cup LLC that the encroachment permit for the event had been issued.

The IDL permit allows Diamond Cup LLC to place permanent buoy anchors on the bed of Coeur d’Alene Lake and to place several permanent metal pilings along the shores of Silver Beach for use in anchoring temporary docks in the pit areas for the race boats over 3-day race weekend.

The IDL permit will be effective for three years, covering the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Diamond Cup events.

Miller and his group continue to request Sheriff Wolflinger act in accordance with Idaho law by indicating his willingness to accept a completed application for a Marine Event Permit at least 30 days prior to the event, particularly given the group’s success in procuring other necessary permits over the past several days.

The group remains confident that the event can still be held despite the unnecessary adverse impacts caused the by the Sheriff’s refusal to publicly acknowledge the requirements of Idaho law with respect to the issuance of Marine Event Permits.

However, timing could, by necessity, ultimately become an issue.