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Hydroplane races hinge on county code

Hydroplanes race on the straightaway during last year's Diamond Cup on Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Shawn Gust/Coeur d'Alene Press)
Hydroplanes race on the straightaway during last year's Diamond Cup on Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Shawn Gust/Coeur d'Alene Press)

There’s a new hurdle for Coeur d’Alene’s hydroplane races scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Kootenai County is working on a new review process for hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene after the county’s community development director determined the land portion of the event isn’t allowed under current code.

David Callahan joined the county in November, after the Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup’s hydroplane races took place Labor Day weekend. The races were the first on the lake since 1968.

The 2013 hydroplane races were permitted “mostly as an aquatic event,” Callahan said, without much consideration to staging areas on the shore. “I don’t think the county knew much about the land portion of the event. My staff wasn’t fully informed.” More here. Becky Kramer, SR

Do you hope the hydroplane races witll return this summer?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.







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