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Special Local Regulations: Annual Fort Myers Beach Air Show, Fort Myers Beach, FL

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing permanent special local regulations for the Fort Myers Beach Air Show, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. This event will be held annually on the second consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of May between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT (eastern daylight time). This regulation is needed to restrict persons and vessels from entering the sterile zone (air box) below the aerial demonstration and restrict vessels from mooring/anchoring or transiting within the surrounding regulated area with the exception of the Matanzas Pass Channel. This rule is necessary to ensure the safety of life for the participating aircraft, spectators, and mariners in the area on the navigable waters of the United States.

DATES:

This rule is effective May 20, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

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 [CGD 07-05-012] and are available for inspection or copying at Start Printed Page 29196Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Tampa between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Junior Grade Jennifer Andrew at Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Tampa (813) 228-2191 Ext 8203.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

On April 1, 2005, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Special Local Regulations: Annual Fort Myers Beach Air Show, Fort Myers Beach, FL in the Federal Register (70 FR 16781). We received no comments on the proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held.

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. This rule is needed to minimize danger to the public and waiting delaying the effective date would be contrary to the public interest. A notice of proposed rulemaking for this rule was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 16781) with a thirty-day comment period ending May 2, 2005. During the comment period, no comments were received regarding this rulemaking, and this final rule does not change the provisions of the notice of proposed rulemaking.

Background and Purpose

The South West Florida Aviation Foundation's air show involves the performance of aerial demonstrations over the near-shore waters of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The annual event will be held on the second consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of May from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The nature of aerial demonstrations requires aircraft to use markers in the water as points of reference for aircraft maneuvers. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published guidelines that aircraft must comply with based on the speed of the participating aircraft and the location of the audience. This regulation is in accordance with those guidelines for the sterile zone (air box) as well as egress routes and vessel movements outside the air box.

Discussion of Comments and Changes

No comments were received for this rule.

Discussion of Rule

This regulation will include a sterile zone (air box) directly under the aerial demonstration over the near-shore waters of Fort Myers Beach in Lee County, Florida. All vessels and persons are prohibited from entering, anchoring, mooring, or transiting the regulated area. Vessel traffic will be allowed to enter and exit Matanzas Pass Channel using the marked channel at Matanzas Pass Channel daybeacon #3 (26°25′54″ N, 82°58′12″ W, LLNR 16365) and #4 (26°26′06″ N, 82°57′48″ W, LLNR 16370) but may not linger within the regulated area. This regulation is intended to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters of the United States for Air Show participants and for mariners transiting in the vicinity of the Air Show and is based on FAA guidelines in the FAA Code: Order 8700.1, Operations Inspector Handbook, Volume 2, Chapter 49. All coordinates referenced use datum NAD 83.

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 so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary. The regulation would last for only eight hours on each of the three event days. Vessel traffic is minimal in this area and vessels will still be allowed to enter and exit the Matanzas Pass Channel.

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 and operators of vessels intending to transit near to shore at Fort Myers Beach, FL in the vicinity of Matanzas Pass annually from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in May. This rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities since it would be in effect for only eight hours a day on each of the three event days. Vessel traffic is minimal in this area and vessels will still be allowed to enter and exit through the Matanzas Pass Channel.

Assistance for Small Entities

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 an 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. Start Printed Page 29197

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.

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 systems 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.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)(h), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. As a special local regulation issued in conjunction with an air show, this rule satisfies the requirements of paragraph (34)(h). 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 proposes to amend

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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 § 100.736 to read as follows:

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Annual Fort Myers Beach air show; Fort Myers Beach, FL.

(a)(1) Regulated Area. The regulated area is formed by the following coordinates; point 1: 26°28′08″ N, 81°59′15″ W south to point 2: 26°27′37″ N, 81°59′39″ W east to point 3: 26°25′45″ N, 81°55′34″ W north to point 4: 26°26′14″ N, 81°55′22″ W and west along the contour of the shore to point 5: 26°27′52″ N, 81°58′04″ W to original point 1: 26°28′08″ N, 81°59′15″ W. All coordinates referenced use datum: NAD 83.

(2) Air Box Area. The air box area is contained within the regulated area and is formed by the following coordinates; point 1: 26°27′34″ N, 81°58′22″ W south to point 2: 26°27′07″ N, 81°58′39″ W east to point 3: 26°26′15″ N, 81°56′36″ W north to point 4: 26°26′42″ N, 81°56′22″ W and west to original point 1: 26°27′34″ N, 81°58′22″ W. All coordinates referenced use datum: NAD 83.

(b) Special local regulations.

(1) Vessels and persons are prohibited from entering the air box area defined in paragraph (a)(2) of this section.

(2) No vessel may anchor/moor or transit within the regulated area defined in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, with the exception of vessel transit permitted in the marked channel as set forth in paragraph (b)(3) of this section.

(3) Vessels entering and exiting Matanzas Pass Channel will be allowed to transit using the marked channel only at Matanzas Pass Channel day beacon #3 (26°25′54″ N, 82°58′12″ W, LLNR 16365) and #4 (26°26′06″ N, 82°57′48″ W, LLNR 16370) but may not linger within the regulated area. All coordinates referenced use datum: NAD 83.

(c) Dates. This section will be enforced annually on the second consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of May from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Dated: May 10, 2005.

D.B. Peterman,

RADM, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 05-10047 Filed 5-19-05; 8:45 am]

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