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Safety Zone; San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing two temporary safety zones, a stationary safety zone and a moving safety zone, on the navigable waters of San Diego Bay in support of the Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade. These temporary safety zones are necessary to provide for the safety of the crews, spectators, participants of the event, participating vessels and other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within these safety zones unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 11:30 a.m. (PDT) on October 4, 2003, to 3 p.m. (PDT) on October 4, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket [COTP San Diego 03-030] and are available for inspection or copying at U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Office San Diego, 2716 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-1064, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Petty Officer Austin Murai, USCG, c/o U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, telephone (619) 683-6495.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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. In keeping with the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard also finds that good cause exists for making this regulation effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The precise location of the event necessitating promulgation of this safety zone and other logistical details surrounding the event were not finalized until a date fewer than 30 days prior to the event. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be contrary to the public interest because doing such would prevent the Coast Guard from maintaining the safety of the participants of the event and users of the waterway.

Background and Purpose

The San Diego Fleet Week Foundation is sponsoring the 2003 Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade. The Sea and Air Parade is a classic naval review consisting of Navy vessels of various classes, some of which are restricted in their maneuverability. The naval review will transit through San Diego Bay. These temporary safety zones are necessary to provide for the safety of the crews, spectators, and participants of the Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade and are also necessary to protect other vessels and users of the waterway.

Discussion of Rule

This rule creates a stationary safety zone and a moving safety zone. The limits of the stationary safety zone will extend south from the southern shoreline on Harbor Island to the southern most limits of the navigational channel. On the west side the boundary will be a line of longitude equal to 117-12-48 W and on the east side the boundary will be a line of longitude equal to 117-12-00 W.

The limits of the moving safety zone are as follows: 1000 yards forward, 200 yards on either side, and 700 yards behind the Fleet Week parade participants while transiting through San Diego Bay.

The two safety zones will be enforced from 11:30 a.m. (PDT) to 3 p.m. (PDT) on October 4, 2003. These safety zones are necessary to provide for the safety of the crews, spectators, and participants of the Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade and to protect other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within these safety zones unless authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Commander, or his designated representative from Activities San Diego.

Regulatory Evaluation

This 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 Homeland Security (DHS). We expect the economic impact of this rule to be minimal because of its limited duration of three and a half (31/2) hours and the limited geographic scope of the safety zones.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Start Printed Page 57367The 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. 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 the portion of San Diego Bay south of Harbor Island. However, these safety zones will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because these zones are limited in scope and duration. In addition, the Coast Guard will publish local notice to mariners (LNM) and will issue broadcast notice to mariners (BNM) alerts via VHF-FM marine channel 16 before the safety zone is enforced.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they could better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. If your small business or organization is affected by this rule and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact Lieutenant Commander Rick Sorrell, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Diego at (619) 683-6495.

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).

Federalism

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

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 discretionary regulatory actions. 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. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

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 create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

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.

Energy Effects

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a “significant energy action” under that order because it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. The Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Environment

We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation because we are creating a safety zone.

A final “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a final “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends

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PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Add a new § 165.T11-048 to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; San Diego Bay, CA.

(a) Location. The following areas are safety zones:

(1) Stationary safety zone. The limits of the stationary safety zone extend from the shoreline on Harbor Island South to the southern most limits of the navigational channel. On the west side the boundary is a line of longitude 117°12′48″ W and on the east side the boundary is a line of longitude 117°12′00″ W.

(2) Moving safety zone. The limits of the moving safety zone are as follows: Start Printed Page 573681000 yards forward, 200 yards on either side, and 700 yards behind the Fleet Week parade participants transiting through San Diego Bay.

(b) Effective period. These safety zones will be in effect from 11:30 a.m. (PDT) until 3 p.m. (PDT) on October 4, 2003. If the event concludes prior tothe scheduled termination time, the Captain of the Port will cease enforcement of this safety zone and will announce that fact via Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

(c) Regulations. (1) ”Official Patrol Vessels” consist of any Coast Guard, other Federal, state or local law enforcement, and any public or sponsor-provided vessels assigned or approved by the Captain of the Port San Diego, to patrol this event.

(2) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within these safety zones is prohibited, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative such as a Patrol Commander. Mariners requesting permission to transit through a safety zone may request authorization to do so from the Captain of the Port, Patrol Commander, or other designated representative from Activities San Diego, who may be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 16.

(3) Each person in a safety zone who receives notice of a lawful order or direction issued by an official patrol vessel shall obey the order or direction.

(4) The Patrol Commander is empowered to prohibit entry into and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. The Patrol Commander shall be designated by the Captain of the Port San Diego; will be a U.S. Coast Guard commissioned officer, warrant officer or petty officer to act as the Captain of the Port's official representative; and will be located aboard the lead official patrol vessel.

(5) The Patrol Commander may, upon request, allow the transit of vessels through the safety zones when it is safe to do so.

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Dated: September 24, 2003.

Stephen P. Metruck,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, San Diego.

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[FR Doc. 03-25045 Filed 10-2-03; 8:45 am]

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