Monday night was a pretty big night for "Big" Ed Beckley.
The Twin Falls City Council voted Nov. 25 to select Beckley as "their preferred applicant" to move forward with his negotiation with the city to use the south side of the Snake River Canyon in his proposed September 2014 jump across the span.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that the Twin Falls Council voted 6-to-1 in favor of Beckley, with only Councilman Shawn Barigar dissenting. City officials indicated that it may take up to two months to negotiate a permit with Beckley, who has already paid nearly $1 million to the State of Idaho to use the north side of the canyon as an apparent landing site.
The Twin Falls Council also indicated that if Beckley was not able to secure a permit with the city, their second choice would be REO Development, which had purchased a 13-acre parcel of land next to the State of Idaho's land which has been leased to Beckley.
In the current issue of Boise Weekly, we sit down with "Big" Ed to talk about his big adventures and his growing anxiety to get going with the design of the vehicle that might propel his big frame across the Snake.
"My engineers and designers are all waiting; but not patiently," Beckley told BW. "Let's say that the city of Twin Falls said 'OK' tomorrow. It would still be another 60 to 90 days before my builders turned their first bolt."