'Race the Joe,' a highly anticipated racing event in St. Maries, Idaho, is in danger of being cancelled if organizers can't get a permit in the next week and a half. The organizers are saying that, permit or not, the show will go on.
This would have been the first time St. Maries hosted the 'Race the Joe' here on the St. Joe River. Last year they held a leg of the world races for the first time and based on that experience many people in town was excited to see the return of the jet boats.
"It was all just a plus, plus for the area. We had everybody from old grandmas to little kids jumping up and down on the shores and enjoying the heck out of the day," area resident John Walters said.
"They use the river for part of the day, for two days, in exchange it brings suitcases full of money to this broke town," he added.
He was also planning on attending St. Maries' first ever 'Race the Joe' jet boat race to be held May 17 through 19 but the permit for the race was just denied by the Coast Guard because a small group asked for an environmental impact study at the last minute.
An environmental impact study takes 135 days to complete.