IDL issues 3-year Permit to Diamond Cup
Diamond Cup Encroachment Permit issued by IDL
(Coeur d’Alene, ID) The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) today issued the Veteran’s Diamond Cup organizing committee its permit to conduct the hydroplane races over Labor Day weekend this year through 2016.
The Encroachment Permit issued by IDL allows Diamond Cup LLC to place permanent buoy anchors on the floor of Coeur d’Alene Lake.
The permit also allows the placement of permanent metal pilings for use in anchoring temporary docks in the pit areas.
The IDL Encroachment Permit is now in effect for 2014, 2015 and 2016 Diamond Cup events.
The IDL took public comment on the permit request on June 10th. After a 30-day period of review, the state agency, which monitors usage of state lands throughout the state, issued the permit.
“The IDL permit is critical to our efforts to put on the Diamond Cup for 2014 and beyond,” said Diamond Cup President Doug Miller.
“We continue to focus on race preparation knowing that we have earned approval of one of the most significant permits required for our event,” he said.
Following the controversial denial of permit issued from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office last week, Miller said, “All other governmental agencies and community groups continue to work together with us.”
The effort to hold the 2014 Diamond Cup will continue despite the Kootenai County Sheriff’s denial of a Marine Events Permit, “based on unobtainable deadlines…inconsistent with provisions of Idaho Code.”
The Diamond Cup leadership intends to submit another timely and completed application to Kootenai County’s Sheriff’s Dept. for a Marine Event Permit, compliant with Idaho law, and continues to press forward to secure other remaining permits in the interim.
The goal of the Diamond Cup committee from the outset has been to shine a positive light on the city of Coeur d’Alene, attract new investment into the local economy and broadly promote the region’s scenic wonders.
The issuance of the IDL permit is another positive step towards meeting that goal. It could mean a real and significant boost to Idaho’s economy and certainly positions Coeur d’Alene Lake for worldwide exposure.