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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 1084.6, Miami, FL

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Temporary final rule with request for comments.


Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District is temporarily changing the regulations governing the West 79th Street Causeway Bridge, mile 1084.6 across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Palm Beach, Florida. This temporary rule establishes scheduled openings every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting Thursday, May 25, 2000, through February 28, 2001. The drawbridge will open on demand during all other periods including holidays and Sundays. This action is necessary to facilitate rehabilitation of the drawbridge.


This rule is effective from May 25, 2000, to February 28, 2001. Comments must be received by September 29, 2000.


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 [CGD07-00-053] and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (obr), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 S. E. 1st Avenue, Room 406, Miami, FL 33131 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Mr. Barry Dragon, Project Officer, Seventh Coast Guard District, at (305) 415-6743.

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Regulatory Information

We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. Publishing an NPRM is impracticable because we received notice of this rehabilitation very recently, not leaving time for a NPRM.

Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. We received notice of this rehabilitation very recently, not leaving time for a delayed effective date.

Request for Comments

We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related material. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this rulemaking [CGD07-00-053], indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. Please submit all comments and related material in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying. If you would like to know they reached us, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this temporary rule in view of them.

We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for a meeting by writing to the address under ADDRESSES, explaining why one would be beneficial. If the Coast Guard determines that a public meeting would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

Discussion of the Rule

The West 79th Street Causeway Drawbridge, mile 1084.6, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, has a vertical clearance of 19.5 feet at mean high water and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet between fenders. The existing operating regulations in 33 CFR 117.5 require the bridge to open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given.

The Florida Department of Transportation requested from the Coast Guard on May 9, 2000, that the West 79th Street Causeway Drawbridge operations be temporarily changed to allow for rehabilitation of the drawbridge. This temporary rule change to the drawbridge operating regulations will allow the drawbridge owner or operator to open every thirty minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting Thursday, May 25, 2000 through February 28, 2001.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule 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 minimal because the bridge will still open at 30 minute intervals and on demand during evenings, Sundays, and holidays.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we 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. Start Printed Page 35827

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 affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the Intracoastal waterway at mile 1084.6. Although this temporary rule will be in effect for nine months, vessel traffic can still pass through the drawbridge every 30 minutes during weekdays and Saturday, and on demand at all other times.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), 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. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or government jurisdiction and you have questions concerning is provisions or options for compliance, please 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 rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).


We have analyzed this rule 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 rule will not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

This rule 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 rule 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 rule 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 risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.


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

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

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

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

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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 Pub. L. 102-587, 106 Stat. 5039.

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2. From May 25, 2000 through February 28, 2001, in § 117.261, a new paragraph (rr) is temporarily added to read as follows:

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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from St. Marys River to Key Largo.
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(rr) West 79th Street Causeway Drawbridge, mile 1084.6, Miami, Florida. The draw need open only on the hour and half-hour, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning May 25, 2000 through February 28, 2001. The draw will open on demand during all other periods including holidays and Sundays.

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Dated: May 23, 2000.

T.W. Allen,

Rear Admiral, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 00-14152 Filed 6-5-00; 8:45 am]