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AP: Sanders Beach Owners Won’t Stop Plunge

Two lakefront property homeowners in the northern Idaho city of Coeur d’Alene say they have no plans to call police if people start showing up on their land on New Year’s Day to participate in an annual Polar Bear Plunge. Dick Barclay and Jerry Frank say they won’t stop the event, and Coeur d’Alene police say they have no plans to prevent it from happening either. In September, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that the long-time public bathing area and sandy waterfront of Lake Coeur d’Alene called Sanders Beach is closed to the public between 12th and 15th streets. The state’s high court unanimously settled a long-running dispute involving private property owners and public beachgoers, the city of Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County. About 500 people usually gather at the beach for the Polar Bear Plunge/Associated Press.

DFO: Cool. Very cool. ‘Tis nice, I mean, that the former combatants will allow this tradition to continue on their beaches.

Question: Are you nutty enough to participate in this event?


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