"Big" Ed Beckley, the Texas daredevil who has designs to jump over Idaho's Snake River Canyon this September, has run into his biggest obstacle to date. The Twin Falls City Council has denied Beckley the right lease a parcel on the south side of the canyon, his initial "jumping off" point.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that a motion to approve the lease failed on a 5-2 vote.
“I don’t know what to say,” Beckley told the Times-News. “I’m numb.”
Those opposed to the lease argued Monday night that they were concerned that Beckley's proposed safety plan was incomplete and had heard numerous community concerns.
To date, Beckley has spent nearly $1 million to secure the lease for the north side of the canyon, owned by the state of Idaho.
But in November 2013, Beckley told Boise Weekly that he had a Plan B: reversing the direction of the jump by using the north side of the canyon as the launching pad and leasing a different, private parcel of land on the south side for a landing site.
"Look, we've got the big pea in the pod. We've got the right to jump over the canyon and we have the north side of the canyon from the state of Idaho," Beckley told BW. "Look here, I'm going to tell you right now: My hands are going to be on a set of handlebars on Sept. 7, 2014. We're jumping that sucker."