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Hucks: Hydroplane Race Idea Returns

Huckleberries hears that the Hagadone Corp. and allies are working behind the scenes to bring a small hydroplane regatta to the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene late this summer. Sources say that Hagadone property along Silver Beach, including the Beachouse area east of Coeur d’Alene, would be used for viewing. Organizers have asked the city of Coeur d’Alene to help with the logistics of staging the event just outside city limits. Huckleberries also hears that future plans call for the event to transform into a full-blown, unlimited hydroplane race capable of attracting as many as 120,000 viewers on Labor Day weekend 2013. Coeur d’Alene multimillionaire Duane Hagadone has sought to bring hydroplane racing back to Lake Coeur d’Alene since 1985, when he was thwarted by a reluctant Coeur d’Alene City Council and a city advisory vote/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries column. More here.

Question: Coeur d'Alene law bans unlimited hydroplane races off city waters. This proposal is just outside city limits to the east of town. Should the city of Coeur d'Alene help with the logistics in planning this?

Huckleberries Hears …

David Williams pilots the “Miss Wahoo” in front of the Coeur d'Alene resort Aug. 22, 2010, the first time any hydroiplane had been on the lake in 42 years. SR file photo: J. Bart Rayniak.

… That Hagadone Hospitality is working behind the scenes to bring a hydroplane regatta to the shores of Silver Beach this summer. Berry Pickers tell me that Hagadone's property and grounds at Silver Beach (Beachouse & Marina area) would be used for viewing. HHospitality has asked the city to help with the logistics of staging the event along Lake Coeur d'Alene Drive. Also, future plans call for the regatta to transform into a hydroplane race in the summer of 2013. As you know, Coeur d'Alene millionaire Duane Hagadone has been trying to bring unlimited hydroplane racing back to Lake Coeur d'Alene since 1985 when he was thwarted by a reluctant Coeur d'Alene City Council, headed by then mayor Jim Fromm, which on a 4-3 split opted for an advisory vote. Hagadone pulled the project before the public voted 3-to-1 against the proposal. In recent years, hydroplane supporters have staged race demonstrations under the pretext of raising money for the North Idaho Museum. Stay tuned. 

Question: I wonder if Coeur d'Alene residents would be more in favor of unlimited hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d'Alene than they were in November 1985?

City Eyes Silver Beach For Launch

Item: Silver Beach takes launch lead: Location emerges as front-runner to replace Third Street ramps/Nick Rotunno, CdA Press

More Info: There's deep water nearby, and seemingly enough space for parking. No qualms from the Idaho Transportation Department or Bureau of Land Management, either. Silver Beach could be the right spot for a new boat launch, said Coeur d'Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood. But it's a long way from breaking ground.

Question: Would Silver Beach be a good site for an alternative launch to Coeur d'Alene's Third Street docks?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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