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Special Local Regulations; Winterfest Boat Parade, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard proposes to establish permanent special local regulations for the annual Winterfest Boat Parade held on the first Saturday falling between December 13 and 19, inclusive, each year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This proposed rule would create four separate regulated areas and would restrict operations of non-participant vessels in the regulated areas. These regulations are needed to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.

DATES:

Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before December 2, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

You may mail comments and related material to Coast Guard Group Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Coast Guard Group Miami 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 Coast Guard Group Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

BMC Victor Sorensen or BM1 Daniel Vaughn at (305) 535-4317.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 [CGD07-02-122], indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. You may submit your comments and material by mail, hand delivery, fax, or electronic means to the Coast Guard at the address under ADDRESSES; but please submit your comments and material by only one means. If you submit them by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that 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 proposed rule in view of them. We anticipate making this rule effective less than 30 days after the final rule is published in the Federal Register due to the event date in mid-December and to allow the public to comment on this proposed rule.

Public Meeting

We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one to the Coast Guard at the address under ADDRESSES explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one 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 Winterfest Boat Parade is a nighttime parade of approximately 110 pleasure boats ranging in length from 20 feet to 200 feet decorated with holiday lights. Approximately 1500 spectator craft typically view the parade. The parade would form in the staging area at the Port Everglades turning basin and on a portion of the ICW south of the turning basin and would proceed north on the ICW to Lake Santa Barbara where the parade would disband.

These regulations would create regulated areas for the staging area, judging area, viewing area, and parade route. Non-participant vessels would be prohibited from entering or anchoring in the staging area. Further, no vessel would be allowed to enter or anchor in the viewing and judging areas. During the parade transit, these regulations would prohibit non-participant vessels from approaching within 175 yards ahead of the lead vessel and 175 yards astern of the last participant vessel in the parade, and within 15 yards on either side of the outboard parade vessels, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander. The event sponsor would have watercraft in the area to guide mariners around the regulated areas.

The staging area of this regulation overlaps with existing security zones established by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Miami under 33 CFR 165.T07-054 (67 FR 46389, July 15, 2002). These security zones are activated when passenger vessels, vessels carrying cargoes of particular hazard, or vessels carrying liquified hazardous gas as defined in 33 CFR parts 120, 126, and 127 respectively, enter or moor in Port Everglades. These security zones remain in effect during this event and no person or vessel may enter the security zones without the permission of the Coast Guard Patrol Commander.

Discussion of Rule

The Coast Guard proposes to establish four regulated areas for this event: a staging area, a judging area, a viewing Start Printed Page 66350area, and a parade route. The staging area consists of all waters of the Port Everglades turning basin, including the North and South extensions, all waters of the Bar Cut west of a line from position 26°05.668′ N, 080°06.491′ W, to position 26°05.557′ N, 080°06.491′ W, and all waters of the ICW, bank to bank, from Dania Sound Light 35 (LLNR 47575) to the Port Everglades turning basin.

The parade route consists of the Intracoastal Waterway, bank to bank, from a line drawn across the ICW at the 17th Street Causeway Bridge between position 26°06.098′ N, 080°07.179′ W and position 26°06.092′ N, 080°07.085′ W, to Pompano Beach Daybeacon 74 (LLNR 47230). The viewing area consists of all waters of the ICW east of the centerline of the charted channel from the Sunrise Boulevard Bridge (26°08.281′ N, 080°06.482′ W) past Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to position 26°09.0′ N, 080°06.3′ W at the north end of Hugh Taylor Birch Park. The judging area consists of an area of the ICW, bank to bank, from a point on the northwest side of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge in position 26°06.098′ N, 080°07.179′ W, north to position 26°06.131′ N, 080°07.19′ W, then east to position 26°06.131′ N, 080°07.10′ W, then back south to position 26°06.092′ N, 080°07.085′ W at the northeast side of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.

Non-participant vessels are prohibited from entering or anchoring in the staging area, viewing area, and judging area, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander may allow vessels to enter the staging area when the last participant vessel has departed the staging area. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander would notify the public via Marine Safety Radio Broadcast on VHF Marine Band Radio, Channel 16 (157. MHz) if vessels are allowed to enter the staging area.

During the parade transit, non-participant vessels are prohibited from approaching within 175 yards ahead of the lead vessel or 175 yards astern of the last participating vessel in the parade, and within 15 yards either side of the parade unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander.

Regulatory Evaluation

This proposed rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, 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, l979).

We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10e of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary because this rule would only be in effect for 7 hours each year and the Coast Guard Patrol Commander may allow vessels to enter portions of the regulated areas on a case-by-case basis.

Small Entities

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

This rule may affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in a portion of the regulated areas from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the first Saturday falling between December 13 and 19, inclusive, each year. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the rule would only be in effect for 7 hours each year and the Coast Guard Patrol Commander may allow vessels to enter portions of the regulated areas on a case-by-case basis.

If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment to the Coast Guard at the address under ADDRESSES. In your comment, explain why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this proposed rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for information on understanding and participating in this rulemaking.

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 proposed rule would call for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, and have determined that it 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) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their regulatory actions not specifically required by law. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Although this proposed rule would not result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

This proposed rule would 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 proposed 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 proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Start Printed Page 66351Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

This proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would 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.

Environment

The Coast Guard has considered the environmental impact of this action and has determined that pursuant to figure 2-1, paragraph 34(h) of Commandant Instruction M164751D, that this action is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 100

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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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PART 100—SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS

1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1233; 49 CFR 1.46.

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2. Add § 100.735 to read as follows:

Winterfest Boat Parade, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

(a) Regulated areas. (1) Staging area. The staging area consists of all waters of the Port Everglades turning basin, including the North and South extensions, all waters of the Bar Cut west of a line from position 26°05.668′ N, 080°06.491′ W, to position 26°05.557′ N, 080°06.491′ W, and all waters of the ICW, bank to bank, from Dania Sound Light 35 (LLNR 47575) to the Port Everglades turning basin.

(2) Parade route. The parade route consists of the Intracoastal Waterway, bank to bank, from a line drawn across the ICW at the 17th Street Causeway Bridge between position 26°06.098′ N, 080°07.179′ W and position 26°06.092′ N, 080°07.085′ W, to Pompano Beach Daybeacon 74 (LLNR 47230).

(3) Viewing area. The viewing area consists of all waters of the ICW east of the centerline of the charted channel from the Sunrise Boulevard Bridge (26°08.281′ N, 080°06.482′ W) past Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to position 26°09.0′ N, 080°06.3′ W at the north end of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

(4) Judging area. The judging area consists of an area of the ICW, bank to bank, from a point on the northwest side of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge in position 26°06.098′ N, 080°07.179′ W, north to position 26°06.131′ N, 080°07.19' W, then east to position 26°06.131′ N, 080°07.10′ W, then back south to position 26°06.092′ N, 080°07.085′ W at the northeast side of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.

(b) Special local regulations. (1) Staging area. Non-participant vessels are prohibited from entering or anchoring in the staging area, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander may allow vessels to enter the staging area when the last participant vessel has departed the staging area. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander will notify the public via Marine Safety Radio Broadcast on VHF Marine Band Radio, Channel 16 (157. MHz) if vessels are allowed to enter the staging area.

(2) Parade route. During the parade transit, non-participant vessels are prohibited from approaching within 175 yards ahead of the lead vessel and 175 yards astern of the last participating vessel in the parade, and within 15 yards either side of the parade unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander.

(3) Viewing and judging areas. Vessels are prohibited from entering or anchoring in the viewing and judging areas.

(4) 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 the Commander, Coast Guard Group Miami, Florida and is also the designated representative of the Captain of the Port of Miami for purposes of enforcing security zones in Port Everglades during this event.

(c) Dates. This section is effective from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. annually, on the first Saturday falling between December 13 and 19, inclusive.

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Dated: October 23, 2002.

James S. Carmichael,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-27665 Filed 10-30-02; 8:45 am]

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