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Special Local Regulations: Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


The Coast Guard proposes to adopt temporary Special Local Regulations for the Skull Creek July 4th celebration Fireworks Display, Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC. The event will be held from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 4, 2000 in Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC. These regulations are needed to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.


Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before May 16, 2000.


Comments should be mailed to Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Office, 196 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at the above address.

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Ms. Kathy Porter at (843) 681-2772 x100.

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Background and Purpose

These proposed regulations are required to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters because of the inherent danger of fireworks during the Skull Creek July 4th celebration, Skull Creek, Hilton Head GA.

Request for Comments

The Coast Guard encourages interested persons to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written views, data, or arguments. Persons submitting comments should include their names and addresses, identify this notice [CGD07-00-012] and the specific section of this proposal to which their comments apply and give reasons for each comment. The Coast Guard requests that all comments and attachments be submitted in an 8″ X 11″ unbound format suitable for copying and electronic filing. If that is not practical, a second copy of any bound material is requested. Persons requesting acknowledgment of receipt of comments should enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. The Coast Guard will consider all comments received during the comment period. The regulations may be changed in view of the comments received. All comments received before the expiration of the comment period will be considered before final action is taken on this proposal.

The Coast Guard plans no public hearing. Persons may request a public hearing by writing to Commander Coast Guard Group Miami at the address under ADDRESSES. The request should include the reasons why a hearing would be beneficial. If it determines that the opportunity for oral presentations will aid this rulemaking, the Coast Guard will hold a public hearing at a Start Printed Page 14502time and place announced by a notice in the Federal Register.

Regulatory Evaluation

This proposal is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 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 Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this proposal to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary. The regulated area will only be in effect for 2 hours on one day.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Coast Guard must consider whether this rule will have a significant economic effect upon a substantial number of small entities. “Small entities” include small business, 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.

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 as the regulations will only be in effect for 2 hours in a limited area near Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-221), we offer 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 entities may contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for assistance in understanding and participating in this rulemaking. We also have a point of contact for commenting on actions by employees of the Coast Guard. 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

This proposal calls for no new collection of information requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


We have analyzed this proposal under Executive Order 13132 and have determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism under that order.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) governs the issuance of Federal regulations that require unfunded mandates. An unfunded mandate is a regulation that requires a State, local, or tribal government or the private sector to incur direct costs without the Federal Government's having first provided the funds to pay those unfunded mandate costs. This proposal will not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

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

Civil Justice Reform

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

Protection of Children

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


The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this proposal and has determined pursuant to Figure 2-1, paragraph 34(h) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, that this proposal is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 100

  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Waterways
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In consideration of the foregoing, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR Part 100 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for Part 100 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1233, 49 CFR 1.46, and 33 CFR 100.35.

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2. Add temporary § 100.35T-07-012 to read as follows:

Skull Creek July 4th Celebration, Skull Creek, Hilton Head SC.

(a) Regulated Area: A regulated area is established for the waters in Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC, encompassing an area within a 500 foot radius from position 32°13.95′N, 080°45.1′W. All coordinates referenced use Datum: NAD 1983.

(b) Coast Guard Patrol Commander. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander is a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the Coast Guard who has been designated by Commanding Officer, Group Charleston, SC.

(c) Special Local Regulations: Entry into the regulated area by other than event participants is prohibited, unless otherwise authorized by the Patrol Commander. Spectator craft are required to remain in a spectator area to be established by the event sponsor The Club Group, LTD.

(d) Dates: These regulations become effective at 8:30 p.m. and terminate at 10:30 p.m. EDT on July 4, 2000.

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Dated: March 3, 2000.

Thad. W. Allen,

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 00-6687 Filed 3-16-00; 8:45 am]