ST. MARIES, Idaho -

Jet boat races are a go for St. Maries Idaho. 'Race the Joe' jet boat committee members received an email confirming the United States Coast Guard is confident it will issue a permit for the race scheduled for May 17 through 19 on the St. Joe River in St. Maries.

The race was in jeopardy after a small group of people requested an environmental impact statement weeks before the race date. That statement usually takes 135 days to complete.

"I think the small towns like this look at little events such as the jet boat races to drive people, tourism, into the community," said St. Maries grocery store owner Brian McGregor.

The permit will allow the board to obtain race insurance. Without insurance the race would not have been sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. There was concern about the impact the boats would have on eagles in the area.