The president of the Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup said he and his staff are working around the clock to make sure the hydroplane races happen again in 2014.
Organizers still needed to receive several permits to make it all possible with just five months to the event.
The man in charge of the hydroplane races, Doug Miller, said the group still had a long way to go. He said he is confident, though, that the hydroplanes will be back on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Labor Day weekend.
"We're looking at the 2013 event as our learning year. We're looking to 2014 now,” said Miller.
The Diamond Cup Organization said it needed to be granted permits from several agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Transportation Department, before the hydros can run on the lake again.
"It's not easy, the permitting process and the amount of "i's" that have to be dotted and the number of "t's" that have to be crossed some days is a little overwhelming. The permitting agencies have been very good to work through this process,” said Miller.
One of the more important permits needed to make the race happen again will be from the Idaho Department of Lands. The agency oversees all events that take place on the lake and needs to give its blessing for the hydros to return.
The process for the permits to be approved can potentially take up to three months. It involves a comment period where other agencies like Fish and Game and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality can weigh in.
Miller said the organization will get all of the permits it needs even though the timing is tight.
“We’re working as rapidly as we can. And moving the items from the left hand column to the right hand column,” said Miller.