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Special Local Regulations: Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Temporary final rule.


Temporary Special Local Regulations are being adopted for the Skull Creek July 4th celebration Fireworks Display, Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC. These regulations are needed to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.


This rule becomes effective at 8:30 p.m. and terminates at 10:30 p.m. on July 4, 2001.


Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of [CGD07-01-046] and are available for inspection or copying at Coast Guard Group Charleston, 196 Tradd St., Charleston SC 29401 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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ENS Bill Walsh, Coast Guard Group Charleston at 843-724-7600 x203.

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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 would be contrary to national safety interests since immediate action is needed to minimize potential danger to the public because there will be numerous spectator craft in the area.

For the same reasons, 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.

Background and Purpose

These 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 on Skull Creek, Hilton Head, SC. The event sponsor expects approximately 120 spectator craft to observe the show. The fireworks barge will be located in approximate position 32 13.95′ N, 080 45.1′ W, offshore from Hudsons Seafood. This rule creates a regulated area that will prohibit non-participating vessels from entering the regulated area during the event.

Regulatory Evaluation

This regulation 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 regulated area will only be in effect for approximately 2 hours.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) we considered whether this rulemaking will have a significant economic impact on 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 under their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.

This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners and operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in a portion of the Skull Creek intercoastal waterway from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., July 4, 2001. 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 because the rule will only be in effect for 2 hours.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213 (a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 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-GAIR (1-888-734-3247)

Collection of Information

This rule contains no collection of information requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (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 Executive order 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 Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

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 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 Start Printed Page 30806has determined pursuant to Figure 2-1, paragraph 34(h) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, that this action is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

Indian Tribal Governments

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.

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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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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 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 through 1236, 49 CFR 1.46, and 33 CFR 100.35.

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2. Add temporary § 100.35T-07-046 to read as follows:

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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. on July 4, 2001.

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Dated: May 31, 2001.

T.W. Allen,

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

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[FR Doc. 01-14498 Filed 6-7-01; 8:45 am]