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Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 739.2, Jacksonville, FL

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Temporary final rule with request for comments.


Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District is temporarily amending the regulations governing Sisters Creek (SR 105) Drawbridge at Sisters Creek, mile 739.2 across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Jacksonville, Florida. This temporary rule allows a single leaf opening, with a four-hour advance notification to the bridge tender to provide a double leaf opening, from July 12, 2000 to October 31, 2000. This action is necessary to facilitate rehabilitation of the drawbridge.


This temporary rule is effective from July 12, 2000 to October 31, 2000. Comments must be received by August 31, 2000.


You may mail comments and related material to Commander (obr), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 S.E. 1st Avenue, Room 406, Miami, FL 33131. Seventh Coast Guard District maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at Start Printed Page 45524Commander (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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Barry Dragon, Project Officer, Seventh Coast Guard District, at (305) 415-6743.

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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 [CGD07-00-066], 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 that 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.

Public Meeting

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.

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 recently, not leaving time for a full notice and comment period.

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 recently, not leaving time for a delayed effective date.

Background and Purpose

The Sisters Creek (SR 105) Drawbridge at Sisters Creek, mile 739.2, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, has a vertical clearance of 28 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 be open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given.

M&J Construction Company of Pinellas County, Inc. requested from the Coast Guard, that the Sisters Creek (SR 105) 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 a single leaf, with a four hour advance notification to the bridge tender to provide a double leaf opening, starting July 12, 2000 through October 31, 2000.

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 a single leaf opening will be available and a double leaf opening can be provided with a four-(4) hour notice to the bridge tender.

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.

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.

The rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: owners and operators of vessels intending to transit the Intracoastal Waterway at mile 739.2. Although this temporary rule will be in effect for four months, vessel traffic can still pass through the drawbridge either with a single leaf opening or with advance notice for a double leaf opening.

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 can 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 its provisions or 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 Start Printed Page 45525litigation, 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 M16475.1C, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

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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 July 12, 2000 through October 31, 2000, in § 117.261, a new paragraph (tt) is temporarily added to read as follows:

Atlantic Intracostal Waterway from St.Marys River to Key Largo
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(tt) Sister's Creek (SR 105) Drawbridge, mile 739.2 at Sisters Creek. The drawbridge may have a single leaf opening on demand, with a four-hour advance notification to the bridge tender to provide a double leaf opening, from July 12, 2000 to October 31, 2000.

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Dated: July 12, 2000.

Thad. W. Allen,

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

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[FR Doc. 00-18558 Filed 7-21-00; 8:45 am]