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cross work out an agree­ment with MOT­TEP and a fam­ily that was host­ing a wed­ding on Belle Isle to ac­com­mo­date their needs, Ol­son said. Both events were sched­uled prior to Global Ral­ly­cross seek­ing an event per­mit, he said.

“The re­quire­ment was to make it right with those folks, so they weren’t harmed by the dis­rup­tion of this (Global Ral­ly­cross) event,” Ol­son said.

Re­mo­nia Chap­man, pro­gram direc­tor for MOT­TEP, said her or­ga­ni­za­tion came to a mu­tual agree­ment with Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross on all the pro­vi­sions. The 5K/10K was moved from the Belle Isle Casino to a pav­il­ion and went on with­out is­sues, Chap­man said.

The av­er­age daily turn out for Global Ral­ly­cross races is be­tween 7,000-10,000, Dyne said.

Dyne claims he held up his end of the deal, but the state failed to close the park dur­ing his races as promised, al­low­ing some 3,000 peo­ple to at­tend each day with­out pay­ing the $50


“My ticket sales were dis­mal,” Dyne said. “This is not how peo­ple do busi­ness. You (Michi­gan) do not de­serve the bal­ance of your money.”

Ac­cord­ing to its per­mit for state land use, Global Ral­ly­cross was not per­mit­ted “ex­clu­sive use of any depart­ment lands or fa­cil­i­ties.”

“There shall be no in­ter­fer­ence with, nor any at­tempt made, to dis­cour­age or for­bid the full and free use of the per­mit­ted lands and fa­cil­i­ties by other peo­ple,” the per­mit read.

Scott Pratt, chief of south­ern field op­er­a­tions for the DNR, said Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross once gave the im­pres­sion it was plan­ning to pay the out­stand­ing fee.

Pratt said the or­ga­ni­za­tion agreed to mul­ti­ple pay­ment dead­lines but failed to meet them.

Even­tu­ally, all com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the or­ga­ni­za­tion stopped with­out ex­pla­na­tion, Pratt said.

Pratt said Belle Isle user fees are rou­tinely col­lected up front, but there were other events go­ing on around the same time as the ral­ly­cross se­ries and pay­ment “kind of slipped by us.”

“This one kind of caught us off-guard,” Pratt said.

The 2015 event marked the first time the Global Ral­ly­cross race vis­ited Detroit. The event’s web­site called Detroit a “cru­cial stop on the tour” be­cause the city is home to sev­eral automobile man­u­fac­tur­ers and au­to­mo­tive press out­lets.

Red Bull is the for the se­ries.

Ini­tial plans for the event were met with op­po­si­tion from some Detroit res­i­dents who com­plained Belle Isle was be­com­ing more race­track than park. The state worked out an agree­ment with Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross where the race would op­er­ate on a short­ened timeline of two days: July 25 and July 26, 2015.

Detroit isn’t the only city that’s had a hard time get­ting Red Bull Global Ral­ly­cross to pay fees. The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­port­edly took seven months to pay a $20,000 fee for a Global Ral­ly­cross event held in Ot­tawa, Canada, last year.

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