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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Sanibel Causeway Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway, Punta Rassa, FL

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Final Rule.

Summary

The Coast Guard is changing the regulations governing the operation of the Sanibel Causeway bridge, Okeechobee Waterway, mile 151, Punta Rassa, Florida. This rule requires the draw to open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need only open on the hour and half hour. On Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays the draw shall open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour, quarter hour, half hour and three quarter hour. From 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily, the draw will open on signal if at least five minutes advance notice is given. This action is intended to improve movement of vehicular traffic while not unreasonably interfering with the movement of vessel traffic.

Unified Agenda

Drawbridge Regulations

1 action from October 2002

  • October 2002
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DATES: Back to Top

This rule is effective July 15, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket [CGD7-01-144] and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (obr) Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33131 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Mr. Barry Dragon, Project Manager, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, (305) 415-6743.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Regulatory Information Back to Top

On February 4, 2002 we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulations, Sanibel Causeway Drawbridge, Okeechobee Waterway, Florida in the Federal Register (67 FR 23). We received three letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public hearing was requested, and none was held.

Background and Purpose Back to Top

The Sanibel Causeway bascule bridge is part of a two-lane narrow, undivided arterial roadway, which is the only roadway on and off Sanibel Island. This roadway is severely congested due to insufficient vehicular capacity. The existing regulation is published in 33 CFR 117.317(j) and allows the bridge to open on signal, except from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, the draw need only open on the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and three quarter hour. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., the draw will open on signal if at least a five minute advance notice is given. The new rule will allow the bridge to open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw only need open on the hour and half hour. On Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays the draw shall open on signal except that from 7a.m. until 6 p.m. the draw need only open on the hour, quarter hour, half hour and three-quarter hour. From 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. the draw will open on signal if at least five minutes advance notice is given.

Discussion of Comments and Changes Back to Top

We received three letters of comment concerning this proposed rule. All the letters supported the proposal. No changes were made to the proposed rule as a result of the comments.

Regulatory Evaluation Back to Top

This rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not “significant” under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Transportation (DOT) (44 FR 11040, February 26, 1979).

The economic impact of this rule will be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10e of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary because this rule only slightly modifies the existing bridge schedule.

Small Entities Back to Top

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “small entities” comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.

This rule may affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit under the Sanibel Causeway bridge between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because this rule only slightly modifies the existing operation schedule and the maximum waiting time for vessels to pass will be about 25 minutes.

Assistance for Small Entities Back to Top

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247).

Collection of Information Back to Top

This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism Back to Top

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act Back to Top

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Although this rule will not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property Back to Top

This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

Civil Justice Reform Back to Top

This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children Back to Top

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments Back to Top

This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Energy Effects Back to Top

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a “significant energy action” under that order because it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Environment Back to Top

We have considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 Back to Top

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS Back to Top

1.The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

33 U.S.C. 499; 49 CFR 1.46; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); section 117.255 also issued under the authority of 102, 106 Stat. 5039.

2.Section 117.317(j) is revised to read as follows:

§ 117.317 Okeechobee Waterway

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(j) Sanibel Causeway bridge, mile 151 at Punta Rassa. The draw shall open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need only open on the hour and half hour. On Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays the draw shall open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour, quarter hour, half hour and three-quarter hour. From 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily, the draw shall open on signal if at least five minutes advance notice is given to the bridge tender.

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Dated: May 26, 2002.

John E. Crowley, Jr.,

Captain, Coast Guard, Acting Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.

[FR Doc. 02-14968 Filed 6-12-02; 8:45 am]

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