Permit denied for Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup races



Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 6:19 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho --  Hyrdo planes will not be coming back to Lake Coeur d’Alene for Labor Day weekend.

On Tuesday, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office announced it had denied the water event permit for the hydroplane races. According to Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, organizers of the event failed to meet several of the required criteria for the event by the July 1, 2014 deadline to receive a marine event permit.

"We're not going to allow it now,” said Wolfinger. “The time has passed."

Diamond Cup organizers did not meet six of the more than one dozen requirements that were put forth by Wolfinger. Authorities said the missed requirements include getting insurance and hiring crowd and traffic control companies.

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The organizers of the hydroplane races were informed of the decision Tuesday morning.
In April, organizers were denied an extension to complete their 2014 permit process for both the Idaho Department of Lands and the Kootenai County Sher
iff’s office.

The Sheriff said for his Office it comes down to time and money.
“If they can't get that stuff together, we have to hold our deadline,” added Wolfinger. “We have to watch how much time we're spending as county employees and using taxpayer dollars planning for this issue."

Diamond Cup organizers are still paying off thousands of dollars in debts from the 2013 race. However, Wolfinger said their financial struggles did not impact his decision. He added that a 2015 Diamond Cup is possible.

The Diamond Cup returned to Coeur d'Alene after a 40-year hiatus in the summer of 2013.