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Special Local Regulations; 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, American Airlines Arena, Port of Miami, Miami, FL

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

Temporary special local regulations are being established for the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena in the Port of Miami, Florida. These regulations are necessary for the safety of life on navigable waters. The MTV Video Music Awards Boat Parade will be held on August 29, 2004, and the parade route includes the waters of the Miami Main Channel, the Miami Harbor turning basin and the American Airlines Arena Marina Basin, with the staging area at the United States Coast Guard Base. These regulations exclude non-participant vessels from entering the regulated areas, including the staging Start Printed Page 52172area, parade route and arena marine basin.

DATES:

These regulations are effective from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. on August 29, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket [CGD07-04-103] and are available for inspection or copying at Coast Guard Sector Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

BMC Vaughn, Coast Guard Sector Miami, Florida at (305) 535-4317.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for these regulations. 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 public safety interests. The organizers of the event were not able to provide necessary information prior to the event and with sufficient time remaining to publish an NPRM. As the event will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2004, there is not sufficient time to allow for a notice and comment period prior to its occurrence. Additionally, numerous spectator craft and participant craft will be in close proximity to each other around the staging area, parade area and arena marine basin, compromising the safety of all vessels in the heavily congested area. For these safety reasons, it is in the public interest to have these regulations in effect during the event. Advance notifications will be made via marine information broadcasts.

For the same reasons, 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 2004 MTV Video Music Awards will be held in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. A boat parade of award recipients will precede the award ceremony. The boat parade will be a nighttime parade of approximately 20 vessels. The vessels range in length from 20 to 100 feet. Approximately 200 spectator craft are expected to view the parade from the waterway. The parade will form in the staging area at the Coast Guard base then proceed south into the Port of Miami, Main Channel, then west into the Miami Harbor turning basin, then west into the American Airlines Arena marina basin. The regulated area includes the staging area, parade route and arena marine basin.

Discussion of Rule

These special local regulations prohibit non-participant vessels from entering the regulated areas, which include the staging area, parade route and arena marine basin.

The staging area encompasses all waters surrounding the Coast Guard base in Miami Beach. No anchoring or entry will be permitted in the staging area.

The parade area begins at the southerly end of the staging area, then south to the Main Channel, then west into the Miami Harbor turning basin in a box formed by the following coordinates:

MTV 1 25°46′03″ N, 080°08′45″ W,

MTV 2 25°46′07″ N, 080°08′43″ W,

MTV 3 25°47′05″ N, 080°11′02″ W,

MTV 4 25°46′57″ N, 080°11′04″ W,

MTV 5 25°46′52″ N, 080°10′47″ W,

and then continues west into the marine basin at the American Airlines Arena. During transit of the parade, these regulations prohibit non-participating vessels from entering the parade area, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander.

The regulated area at the American Airlines Arena will consist of an area marked off by buoys at the following positions:

M1 25°47′07″ N, 080°11′07″ W,

M2 25°47′05″ N, 080°11′01″ W,

M3 25°47′03″ N, 080°10′56″ W,

M4 25°46′59″ N, 080°10′52″ W,

M5 25°46′53″ N, 080°10′53″ W,

M6 25°46′48″ N, 080°10′56″ W,

and the bridge transiting over to Dodge Island.

These regulations prohibit non-participating vessels from entering the area, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander.

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). These regulations will have a minimal impact on non-participant and non-spectator vessels due to the normally low volume of vessel traffic on the regulated waterways when the regulation is effective. Moreover, this rule is only in effect for 8 hours. Also, it regulates only the waters immediately surrounding the parade vessels, and it moves with the parade vessels. Therefore, it should have a minimal impact on non-participant and non-spectator vessels.

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. 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.

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 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 area from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on August 29, 2004. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. This rule is for a highly publicized event and will only be in effect for 8 hours when vessel traffic normally is minimal. Any traffic that needs to pass through the regulated area will be allowed to pass with the permission of the Coast Guard Patrol Commander once the parade participants have moved further along the parade route.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offer to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. Small entities may contact the person listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section for assistance in 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 Start Printed Page 52173employees 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 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 Mandate Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandate 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 does not concern an environmental risk to health or 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.

Technical Standards

The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design or operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management system practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies.

This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

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 34(h), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. Under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(h), of the Instruction, an “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are not required for this rule.

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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

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PART 100—SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS

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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; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Add § 100.35T-07-103 to read as follows:

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MTV Video Music Awards, American Airlines Arena, Port of Miami, Miami, FL.

(a) Regulated areas. (1) The staging area encompasses all waters surrounding the Coast Guard Island that are west of Government Cut.

(2) The parade area begins at the southerly end of the staging area, then south to the Main Channel, then west into the Miami Harbor turning basin in a box formed by the following coordinates:

MTV 1 25°46′03″ N, 080°08′45″ W,

MTV 2 25°46′07″ N, 080°08′43″ W,

MTV 3 25°47′05″ N, 080°11′02″ W,

MTV 4 25°46′57″ N, 080°11′04″ W,

MTV 5 25°46′52″ N, 080°10′47″ W,

and then continues west into the marina basin at the American Airlines Arena.

(3) The marine basin regulated area at the American Airlines Arena will consist of an area marked off by buoys in the following positions:

M1 25°47′07″ N, 080°11′07″ W,

M2 25°47′05″ N, 080°11′01″ W,

M3 25°47′03″ N, 080°10′56″ W,

M4 25°46′59″ N, 080°10′52″ W,

M5 25°46′53″ N, 080°10′53″ W,

M6 25°46′48″ N, 080°10′56″ W,

and the bridge transiting over to Dodge Island.

(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 the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Miami, Florida.

(c) Special Local Regulations. (1) Staging area. Entry or anchoring in the staging area by nonparticipating vessels is prohibited, unless authorized by the Patrol Commander.

(2) Parade route. During the parade, non-participating vessels are prohibited from entering or anchoring in the parade area, unless authorized by the Patrol Commander.

(3) Arena marine basin. The American Airlines Arena has a marine Start Printed Page 52174basin to the northeast of the main facilities. This basin will be used to moor various spectator, participant and entertainment vessels. Entry or anchoring in the arena marine basin by nonparticipating vessels is prohibited, unless authorized by the Patrol Commander.

(d) Effective period: This section is effective from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. on August 29, 2004.

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Dated: August 16, 2004.

D.B. Peterman,

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

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[FR Doc. 04-19451 Filed 8-24-04; 8:45 am]

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