As if the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) knew that the Save Cougar Bay campaign was gathering a head of steam, the Department, we learned yesterday, returned the application submitted by the Osprey Protective Association for a permit to simply protect the pilings and booms in Cougar Bay. This is the second time the agency has returned the application without addressing it on the merits.
We are still gathering information, and we haven’t seen a copy of the IDL rejection letter yet, but from what we can tell, the IDL decision appears to be without any reasonable legal basis. According to this clip, the Department of Lands claims that applications of this sort can only be submitted by municipalities or other government agencies. Yet, we understand that IDL has previously granted a number of comparable permits to other non-governmental entities.