Idaho’s Department of Lands has 30 days to decide whether to allow Duane Hagadone to build a 200-foot commercial dock outside his Casco Bay home so he can park two large cruise boats that transport visitors to the property for charity events.
Hagadone also is asking the state for a commercial permit to build a floating landing pad for his helicopter and expand a swimming dock. About 25 people, including Hagadone, attended Thursday’s public hearing on the proposals.
Coeur d’Alene resident Julie Dalsaso, who paid $75 to request the meeting, said Hagadone claimed his neighbors support the proposal and nobody has ever complained about his garden parties.
“He’s forgotten about his neighbors who own the lake surface,” she said. “The public, we are his neighbors. This is about awareness of public trust.”
Hagadone didn’t return a phone call Friday.
The request notes that Hagadone plans to build a house at Casco Bay, where he already has a historic log home surrounded by flower gardens.
Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson is negotiating with Hagadone and several contractors to buy and move the large cabin. Watson said the house could be barged in two pieces to his Cougar Bay property.
The application says “the configuration of the new (Hagadone) home blocks the beach access from the paved road and all provisions for the events must now come by water.”
Hagadone uses cruise boats to bring guests to the garden home for events such as last summer’s fundraiser for the Kootenai Humane Society, which guests paid $125 to attend.
The application states that as the garden has grown, so has attendance at these events.
The cruise boats also provide restroom facilities for groups of up to 600 people.