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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Biscayne Bay, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami River, and Miami Beach Channel, Miami-Dade County, FL

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the regulations governing the operation of the east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges across the Miami Beach Channel on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Miami Avenue bridge and the Brickell Avenue bridge across the Miami River, Miami-Dade County. This temporary final rule allows these bridges to remain in the closed position during the running of the Miami Marathon on January 28, 2007. By doing so, this will allow the footrace to take place without runners being unnecessarily delayed.

DATES:

This rule is effective from 6 a.m. until 12:25 p.m. on January 28, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket [CGD07-07-010] and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (dpb), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE. 1st Avenue, Suite 432, Miami, Florida 33131-3028 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Gwin Tate, Bridge Branch, (305) 415-6747.

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SUPPLEMENTARY 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. This is the fourth year in which this annual footrace has taken place, and each year it affects the same bridges in an identical fashion. No public comments have ever been received upon publishing an NPRM in past years.

Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The event for which the rule is necessary is scheduled to occur less Start Printed Page 3367than 30 days from the date of publication. Therefore, waiting an additional 30 days from the date of publication to make this rule effective is both unnecessary and impracticable.

Background and Purpose

As in previous years, the Miami Marathon Director requested that the Coast Guard temporarily change the existing regulations governing the operation of the east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges, the Miami Avenue bridge and the Brickell Avenue bridge to allow them to remain in the closed position during the Miami Marathon on January 28, 2007. Closure times range from 6 a.m. through 12:25 p.m. Each closure is timed to match the expected pace and location of event participants. Each bridge will remain in the closed position for a limited period of time. The east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges are located between Miami and Miami Beach. The current regulation governing the operation of the east span of the Venetian Causeway is published in 33 CFR 117.269 and requires the bridge to open on signal; except that, from November 1 through April 30 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, the draw need not be opened. However, the draw shall open at 7:45 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 5:15 p.m., and 5:45 p.m. if any vessels are waiting to pass. The draw shall open on signal on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Washington's Birthday. The draw shall open at any time for public vessels of the United States, tugs with tows, regularly scheduled cruise vessels and vessels in distress.

The current regulation governing the operation of the west span of the Venetian Causeway, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1088.6, at Miami, is published in 33 CFR 117.5 and requires the draw to open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given.

The regulation governing the Miami Avenue bridge, mile 0.3, at Miami, is published in 33 CFR 117.305 (c) and requires that the bridge open on signal; except that, from 7:35 a.m. to 8:59 a.m., 12:05 p.m. to 12:59 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. to 5:59 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels.

The regulation governing the Brickell Avenue bridge, mile 0.1, at Miami, is published in 33 CFR 117.305 (d) and requires that the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need open only on the hour and half-hour. From 7:35 a.m. to 8:59 a.m., 12:05 p.m. to 12:59 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. to 5:59 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels.

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. Based on previous years experience with this footrace, we expect the economic impact of this temporary rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary. The short duration of time during which the bridges will remain in the closed position on January 28, 2007, will have little, if any, economic impact.

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 will affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels that will require passage through these bridges during the morning hours of January 28, 2007. These vessels will not be able to pass through these bridges during the effective times of this rule. However, this rule will be in effect for a limited amount of time on a Sunday morning when traffic is extremely low. No public comments were received regarding previous years' races.

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). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

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.

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 Start Printed Page 3368to 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.

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, and Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 5100.1, 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.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

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

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PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); section 117.255 also issued under the authority of Pub. L. 102-587, 106 Stat. 5039.

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2. In Sec. 117.269, from 6 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. on January 28, 2007, temporarily designate the existing regulatory text as paragraph (a); suspend paragraph (a); and add a new paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Biscayne Bay.
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(b) The draw of the east span of the Venetian Causeway bridge across the Miami Beach Channel need not open from 6 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. on January 28, 2007. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time.

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3. In § 117.261, from 6:10 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on January 28, 2007, temporarily suspend paragraph (nn), and add a new paragraph (oo) to read as follows:

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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from St. Marys River to Key Largo.
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(oo) The draw of the west span of the Venetian Causeway bridge, mile 1088.6 at Miami need not open from 6:10 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on January 28, 2007. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time.

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4. In § 117.305, from 6:25 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on January 28, 2007, paragraphs (c) and (d) are suspended and new paragraphs (e) and (f) are added to read as follows:

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Miami River.
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(e) The draws of the Miami Avenue bridge, mile 0.3, and the S.W. Second Avenue Bridge, mile 0.5, at Miami, shall open on signal; except that, from 6:25 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on January 28, 2007, the draw of the Miami Avenue bridge need not open for the passage of vessels. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time.

(f) The draw of the Brickell Avenue bridge across the Miami River, mile 0.1, at Miami, need not open from 7:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on January 28, 2007. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time.

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Dated: January 18, 2007.

D.W. Kunkel,

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

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[FR Doc. E7-1027 Filed 1-24-07; 8:45 am]

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