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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:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard proposes to change 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 proposed rule would allow these bridges to remain in the closed position for periods of time during the last Sunday in January during the running of an annual marathon.

DATES:

Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before January 4, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG-2007-0105 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one of the following methods:

(1) Online: http://www.regulations.gov.

(2) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

(3) Hand delivery: Room W12-140 on the Ground Floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

Fax: 202-493-2251.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you have questions on this proposed rule, call Mr. Gwin Tate, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Branch, (305) 415-6747. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation and Request for Comments

We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to use the Docket Management Facility. Please see DOT's “Privacy Act” paragraph below.

Submitting Comments

If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG-2007-0105), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and give the reason for each comment. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an e-mail address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. You may submit your comments and material by electronic means, mail, fax, or delivery to the Docket Management Facility at the address under ADDRESSES; but please submit your comments and material by only one means. If you submit them by mail or delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this proposed rule in view of them.

Viewing Comments and Documents

To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time, click on “Search for Dockets,” and enter the docket number for this rulemaking (USCG-2007-0105) in the Docket ID box, and click enter. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of Start Printed Page 68549the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Privacy Act

Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the Department of Transportation's Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov.

Public Meeting

We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one to the Docket Management Facility at the address under ADDRESSES explaining why one would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

Background and Purpose

As in previous years, the Miami Marathon Director requested that the Coast Guard change the existing regulations governing the operation of the east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges, the Brickell Avenue bridge and the Miami Avenue bridge to allow them to remain in the closed position during periods of time on the last Sunday in January during the running of an annual marathon. Previously, the Coast Guard issued a temporary rule that provided for these bridge closings, which range from 6:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. The marathon route will pass over these four bridges and any bridge opening would disrupt the race. Based on the limited amount of time the bridges would be closed, the proposed rule would still provide for the reasonable needs of navigation on the day of the event.

The east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges are located between Miami and Miami Beach. We published the current regulation governing the operation of the east and west spans, mile 1088.6 at Miami, of the Venetian Causeway bridges on April 16, 2007, becoming effective May 16, 2007, which requires the bridges to open on signal, except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the drawbridges will open on the hour and half-hour. The regulation governing the Miami Avenue bridge, mile 0.3, at Miami, is published at 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 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.

This proposed rule would not adversely affect the reasonable needs of navigation due to the limited time (six and one-half hours) that the bridges would remain in the closed position.

Discussion of Proposed Rule

The Coast Guard proposes to change the operating regulations of the east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges, the Miami Avenue bridge and the Brickell Avenue bridge annually on the last Sunday in January. This proposed rule would allow, annually on the last Sunday in January, the east span of the Venetian Causeway bridge to remain closed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the west span of the Venetian Causeway bridge to remain closed from 6:10 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. Annually, on the last Sunday in January, the Miami Avenue bridge would remain closed from 6:25 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., and the Brickell Avenue bridge would remain closed from 7:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress would be allowed to pass at any time, upon signal.

In past years, these schedule changes have been made annually by using a temporary final rule. This NPRM proposes to make the change permanently in the regulation, to prevent the need for annual publications in the Federal Register.

Regulatory Evaluation

This proposed 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.

We expect the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary. The short duration of time during the morning of the last Sunday in January, that the bridges would remain in the closed position to facilitate the running of the marathon would have little, if any, economic impact, as evidenced by the lack of impact in the past years, when the proposed change was implemented on a temporary basis.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have considered whether this proposed 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 proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This proposed rule would affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels that would require passage through these bridges during the morning hours annually on the last Sunday in January. These vessels would not be able to pass through these bridges during the effective times of this proposed rule. However, due to the limited effective times of this proposed rule and the nominal amount of marine traffic expected during the early and late morning hours on a Sunday at this time of year, this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this proposed rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions Start Printed Page 68550concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed under for FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. 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 proposed rule would call 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 proposed 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 proposed 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 proposed rule would 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 proposed 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 proposed 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 proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would 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 proposed 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 proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

We have analyzed this proposed rule under Commandant Instruction M16475 which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have made a preliminary determination that this action is not likely to have a significant effect on the human environment because it simply promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this proposed rule.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

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Bridges.

For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 117 as follows:

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PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. In § 117.261, revise paragraph (nn) to read as follows:

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from St. Marys River to Key Largo.
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(nn) The Venetian Causeway Bridge (West), mile 1088.6 at Miami. The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need only open on the hour and half-hour; except that on the last Sunday in January, the draw need not open from 6:10 a.m. until 9:35 a.m.

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3. Revise § 117.269 to read as follows:

Biscayne Bay.

The Venetian Causeway Bridge (East), between Miami and Miami Beach, shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need only open on the hour and half-hour; except that on the last Sunday in January, the draw need not open from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be allowed to pass at any time, upon signal.

4. In § 117.305, revise paragraphs (c) and (d) to read as follows:

Miami River.
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(c) 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 the draw need not open for the passage of vessels at the following times:

(1) From 7:35 a.m. to 8:59 a.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays,

(2) From 12:05 p.m. to 12:59 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays,

(3) From 4:35 p.m. to 5:59 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, andStart Printed Page 68551

(4) From 6:25 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., on the last Sunday in January.

(d) The draw of the Brickell Avenue Bridge, mile 0.1, at Miami, 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; except that the draw need not open for the passage of vessels at the following times:

(1) From 7:35 a.m. to 8:59 a.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays,

(2) From 12:05 p.m. to 12:59 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays,

(3) From 4:35 p.m. to 5:59 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and

(4) From 7:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on the last Sunday in January.

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Dated: November 21, 2007.

William Lee,

Capt., USCG, Acting District Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. E7-23564 Filed 12-4-07; 8:45 am]

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