Coast Guard, DOT.
Temporary final rule.
The Coast Guard is temporarily modifying the regulations governing the operation of the PGA Boulevard Bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway mile 1012.6, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. This temporary rule allows the owner or operator to open only a single bascule leaf of the bridge. This temporary rule is required to allow the bridge owner or operator to safely conduct repairs to the Bridge.
This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m. on May 29 until 11:59 p.m. on September 3, 2001.
Material received from the public as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket [CGD07-01-045] 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.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Michael Lieberum, Project Officer, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, at (305) 415-6744.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental 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 was unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. These repairs will have a minimal impact on marine traffic as the bridge will continue to provide single leaf openings and double leaf openings with advance notification.
For the same reason, 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
The PGA Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1012.6 at West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, has a vertical clearance of 24.9 feet in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet between fender. On March 23, 2001, the Florida Department of Transportation, requested a modification from the current operating regulation in 33 CFR 117.261(s) which requires the drawbridge to open on signal; except that from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. On Saturday, Sundays and Federal holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the draw need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour. On weekdays except Federal holidays from November 1 thorough April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour.
Under this temporary rule, from May 28, 2001 until July 16, 2001 and from August 11, 2001 until September 3, 2001, the PGA Boulevard Bridge shall open a single leaf on signal; except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need open only a single leaf on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. A double leaf opening will be available if at least 8 hours notice is provided to the bridge tender. On Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., both draws need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour.
Due to the removal of gears, this bridge will be able to provide single leaf openings only from July 16, 2001 to August 10, 2001. This rule will be effective until September 3, 2001.
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 so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary. The changes to the bridge's operating schedules will have a minimal affect on navigation. Further, the temporary regulations still allow for scheduled single leaf bridge openings.
Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Coast Guard considered whether this rule will have a significant economic effect upon a substantial number of small entities. “Small entities” include 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 as the regulations allow single leaf opening on a regular basis and double leaf opening with advance notice.
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-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. 3501-3520).
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 Start Printed Page 32748requires 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 has determined under figure 2-1, paragraph 32(e) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, that this rule 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for Part 117 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. From 12:01 a.m. on May 29 until 11:59 p.m. on September 3, 2001, in § 117.261, temporarily suspend paragraph (s) and add temporary paragraph (ww) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(ww)(1) From May 29, 2001 until July 16, 2001 and from August 11, 2001 until September 3, 2001, the draw of the PGA Boulevard Bridge shall open a single leaf on signal; except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need open only a single leaf on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. A double leaf opening will be available if at least 8 hours notice is provided to the bridge tender.
On Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., both draws need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour. The draw shall open as soon as possible for the passage of public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress.
(2) From July 16 to August 10, 2001, the draw of the PGA Boulevard Bridge will only provide single leaf openings on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour.
Dated: May 29, 2001.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 01-15277 Filed 6-15-01; 8:45 am]
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