TUGS: Keep business on the land

Print Article

In response to the Press article on 6/16/19 regarding the old tug boat days, realize John Condon, owner of NIM, has no grandfathered historical rights to Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Cd’A. It is important to disassociate steamboats of yesterday from the waterfront construction boom today.

About 15-20 years ago, new owners renamed Foss Maritime as NIM. They had to train its own barge operators. In Nov. ’05 their barge collided with the bank by the Blackwell Island pier, causing the shoreline to slough into the channel. The landscaping dirt and hydraulic fluid leakage from the barge spilled out, worsening clean up. Reference Spokesman-Review 11/18/05; Barge Accident. Fleet Manager John Condon rebuffed, “It’s a sign of the times where everyday occurrences on the Coeur d’Alene waterfront cause government agencies to file violations.”

Careless attitudes and actions were also part of the violations NIM carried over into Cougar Bay, making non-permitted debris with overflow problematic. Valid concerns by homeowners, boaters, and osprey protection groups, were largely ignored by NIM.

NIM falsely asserts they provide safety by removing ice from the lake. NIM attains taxpayer dollars via contracts to profit as a business. More hazards to safety occur from unchecked dock building and artificial sea walls than accidents to the general public relative to ice.

NIM’s brief negative history regarding cooperation and stewardship of our treasured waters is lacking. Avoid trashing another lake bay by suggesting NIM use existing construction yards upslope, not the lake.

JULIE DALSASO

Coeur d’Alene

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

PARKING FEES: Mr. Boe’s rebuttal

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press It is rather insulting and concerning that the Coeur d’Alene Press mocks the elderly as “wobbly oldsters” and belittles single moms in our community. How heartless are you? What you call a “benign ...

Comments

Read More

BOE: Still waiting for answers

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Ah. North Idaho Life. Keith Boe. It’s all coming together. Earlier this year a friend (on Facebook) linked something from the North Idaho Life page. As someone who has spent a lifetime in Coeur d’Al...

Comments

Read More

PRESS: Unfair in Trump article

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press It is apparent that you have chosen sides by choosing to print an article (July 16 world/nation briefs) that blames our president for all the discord. It reaches its conclusions by reassembling words...

Comments

Read More

JULY 4: Hate on parade

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I’ve put off writing this letter with the certain belief that it would be just one among dozens The Press would receive on the matter. Sadly, The Press hasn’t published any such letter, compelling me...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X