Coast Guard, DHS.
The Coast Guard is changing the regulations governing the operation of the Commercial Boulevard Bridge (SR 870), Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1059.0, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. This rule requires the bridge to open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the week, the bridge need only open on the hour, twenty minutes past the hour and forty minutes past the hour. This action is intended to improve vehicular traffic movement while not unreasonably interfering with vessel traffic movement.
This rule is effective April 5, 2004.
Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket [CGD07-02-147] and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (obr), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE. 1st Avenue, Room 432, Miami, Florida 33131 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Bridge Branch, Seventh District maintains the public docket for this rulemaking.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Michael Lieberum, Project Manager, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, (305) 415-6744.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On March 18, 2003, we published a temporary deviation (TD) entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Commercial Boulevard Bridge (SR 870), Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1059.0, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Broward County, Florida in the Federal Register (67 FR 11919). We received 38 letters commenting on the temporary deviation. No public meeting was requested, and none was held. On February 28, 2003, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Commercial Boulevard Bridge (SR 870), Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1059.0, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Broward County, Florida in the Federal Register (68 FR 9609). We received three letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held.
Background and Purpose
The City of Fort Lauderdale requested a change in regulations governing the operation of the Commercial Boulevard Bridge (SR 870) to ease vehicular traffic congestion approaching the bridge and in the surrounding beachside intersections and roadways. Commercial Boulevard is congested in this area due to an abundance of condominiums on the beach and an increase of non-seasonal tourism. The existing regulations for this bridge are published in 33 CFR 117.261(ee) and require the bridge to open on signal, except that, from November 1 through May 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, the draw need only open on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour, and three-quarter hour, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays, the draw need open only on the hour, twenty minutes after the hour, and forty minutes after the hour. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 15 feet and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet. This rule will improve vehicular traffic movement by placing the bridge on a twenty minute schedule from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day of the week.
Discussion of Comments and Changes
We received thirty-eight comments on the temporary deviation; thirty-one were in favor of the twenty minute schedule, and seven comments requested that the schedule be changed to an hour and half-hour schedule. We also received three comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking, which were all in favor of the twenty minute schedule.
We have carefully considered the comments and decided not to change the proposed rule. A thirty minute schedule is not practicable as vessels would experience a greater delay in traversing the waterway, especially due to other bridge operating schedules in the area.
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). The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary, because the rule provides for regularly scheduled openings and only differs from the current operating schedule by several minutes per opening per hour.
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. 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. Start Printed Page 10161
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 regulation will only affect the bridge's current operation by several minutes per opening per hour and continue to provide for navigational needs.
Assistance for Small Entities
Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 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.
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).
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 an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in the preamble.
Taking of Private Property
This rule will not affect 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 would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 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.
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. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.
We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.1D, 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 (32)(e), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. Under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are not required for this rule.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117
RegulationsStart Amendment Part
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. In § 117.261 revise paragraph (ee) to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(ee) Commercial Boulevard bridge (SR 870), mile 1059.0, at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The draws shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the draws need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour.
Dated: February 23, 2004.
Harvey E. Johnson, Jr.,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 04-4780 Filed 3-3-04; 8:45 am]
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