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Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Key Largo, Monroe County, 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 of the Jewfish Creek Drawbridge at Key Largo across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1134.1 in Key Largo, Florida, until January 25, 2001. This temporary rule allows the Jewfish Creek Drawbridge at Key Largo to maintain single leaf operations with one-hour advance notice and a twelve-hour advance notification to the bridge tender to provide a double leaf opening until January 25, 2001. This is necessary to allow for repairs.


This temporary rule is effective from November 2, 2000 to January 25, 2001. Comments must be received by November 30, 2000.


Comments and materials received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket [CGD07-00-105] and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (obr), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 S.E. 1st Avenue, Miami, Florida, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Mr. Barry Dragon, Project Officer, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, 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. It was impracticable to publish an NPRM, because there was insufficient time remaining after we were notified of the dates of the repairs to follow normal rulemaking procedures.

Further, 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. A delayed effective date is impracticable as repairs on the bridge are already underway.

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 the rulemaking [CGD07-00-105], 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. 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.

Background and Purpose

The Jewfish Creek Drawbridge at Key Largo, mile 1134.1, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, has a vertical clearance of 11 feet at mean high water and a horizontal clearance of 80 feet between fenders. The existing operating regulations in 33 CFR 117.261(qq) require the bridge to open on signal; except that from 10:00 a.m. until sunset, Thursday through Sunday and Federal holidays, the draw need open only on the hour and half hour.

The Florida Department of Transportation notified the Coast Guard on October 18, 2000, that repairs to the bridge were in progress and scheduled to be completed by January 25, 2001. The repairs require that the Jewfish Creek Bridge be able to maintain single leaf operations with one-hour advance notice. However a double leaf opening can be provided with a twelve-hour advance notification provided to the bridge tender.

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 rule to be minimal because of the limited duration of the rule, as well as the provision for double leaf openings with advance notice.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we considered 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.

This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 1134. Although this temporary rule will be in effect for two and one-half months, some vessel traffic can still pass through the single leaf, and others can make advance requests for double leaf openings. Start Printed Page 66933

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


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 safety that may disproportionately affect children.


The Coast Guard has considered the environmental impact of this action and has determined under figure 2-1, paragraph 32(e) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, that 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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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 November 2, 2000 to January 25, 2001, § 117.261(qq) is suspended and a new paragraph (uu) is added to read as follows:

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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from St. Marys River to Key Largo.
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(uu) Jewfish Creek, mile 1134, Key Largo. The draw may operate on single leaf with one-hour advance notice from November 2, 2000 until January 25, 2001 unless twelve hours advance notice for a double leaf opening is provided to the bridge tender.

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Dated: October 27, 2000.

G.W. Sutton,

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

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[FR Doc. 00-28647 Filed 11-7-00; 8:45 am]