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Safety Zone; Big Rock Blue Marlin Air Show; Bogue Sound, Morehead City, NC

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Coast Guard, DHS.


Temporary final rule.


The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary Safety Zone for the “Big Rock Blue Marlin Air Show,” an aerial demonstration to be held over the waters of Bogue Sound, adjacent to Morehead City, North Carolina. This Safety Zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound adjacent to Morehead City, North Carolina.


This rule is effective from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11, 2011.


Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG-2011-0168 and are available online by going to, inserting USCG-2011-0168 in the “Keyword” box, and then clicking “Search.” This material is also available for inspection or copying at the 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, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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If you have questions on this temporary rule, call or e-mail BOSN3 Joseph M. Edge, Prevention Department, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina; telephone 252-247-4525, e-mail If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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Regulatory Information

On April 5, 2011, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Safety Zone; Big Rock Blue Marlin Air Show; Bogue Sound, Morehead City, NC in the Federal Register (33 CFR part 165). 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. Delaying the effective date would be contrary to the public interest, since immediate action is needed to ensure the safety of the event participants, patrol vessels, spectator craft and other vessels transiting the event area. However, the Coast Guard will provide advance notifications to users of the effected waterways via marine information broadcasts, local notice to mariners, commercial radio stations and area newspapers.

Background and Purpose

On June 11, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament will sponsor the “Big Rock Blue Marlin Air Show” consisting of an aerial demonstration to take place directly above the waters of Bogue Sounds including the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Morehead City, North Carolina. To provide for the safety of the spectators and other transiting vessels, the Coast Guard will temporarily restrict vessel traffic in the area during this event.

Discussion of Rule

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone that will restrict vessel movement for one hour prior to the event on the specified waters of Bogue Sound, Morehead City, NC. During the enforcement period, while the Aerial Event is taking place, no vessel will be allowed to transit the waterway unless the vessel is given permission from the Patrol Commander to transit. This safety zone will be enforced from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11, 2011.

Discussion of Comments and Changes

There were no comments; no changes were made.

Regulatory Analyses

We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on 13 of these statutes or executive orders.Start Printed Page 29648

Regulatory Planning and Review

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. Although this regulation prevents traffic from transiting waters of Bogue Sound during the event, the effect of this regulation will not be significant due to the limited duration that the regulated area will be in effect. Extensive advance notification will be made to the maritime community via marine information broadcast and local area newspapers so mariners can adjust their plans accordingly. Vessel traffic will be able to transit the regulated area before and after the event, when the Coast Guard Patrol Commander deems it is safe to do so.

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 would affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: The owners and operators of vessels intending to transit this section of the Bogue Sound from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11, 2011. This safety zone would not have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. This safety zone will be enforced for only 1 hour in the evening. Vessel traffic will be able to transit the area immediately prior to and immediately following the enforcement period. Before the activation of the zone, we would issue maritime advisories widely to users of the waterway.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), in the NPRM 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.

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 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 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.


We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction. This rule involves the necessity to provide for the safety of the general public and event participants from potential hazards associated with vessels present on or transiting upon this waterway. An environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are Start Printed Page 29649available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, 160.5; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Add a temporary § 165.T05-0168 to read as follows:

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Safety Zone: Big Rock Blue Marlin Air Show, Bogue Sound, Morehead City, NC.

(a) Regulated Area. The following area is a safety zone: The specified waters of the Captain of the Port Sector North Carolina, as defined in 33 CFR 3.25-20, within the navigable waters of Bogue Sound in an area bound by a line drawn from the following points: latitude 34°43′09.9″ N, longitude 076°45′54.9″ W; thence east to latitude 34°43′09.75″ N, longitude 076°44′34.16″ W; thence south to latitude 34°42′52.64″ N, longitude 076°44′32.55″ W; thence west to latitude 34°42′50.7″ N, longitude 076°45′48.5″ W; thence to the point of origin, located approximately 400 yards south of the shoreline of Morehead City.

(b) Definition: For the purposes of this section, Captain of the Port means the Commander, Sector North Carolina. Representative means any U.S. Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port, Sector North Carolina to act on his behalf.

(c) Regulations: (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Sector North Carolina or designated representatives.

(2) The operator of any vessel in the immediate vicinity of this safety zone shall:

(i) Stop the vessel immediately upon being directed to do so by any commissioned, warrant or petty officer on shore or on board a vessel that is displaying a U.S. Coast Guard Ensign.

(ii) Proceed as directed by any commissioned, warrant or petty officer on shore or on board a vessel that is displaying a U.S. Coast Guard Ensign.

(3) The Captain of the Port, Sector North Carolina can be reached through the Sector Duty Officer at Sector North Carolina in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina at telephone number (252) 247-4570.

(4) The Coast Guard Representatives enforcing the safety zone can be contacted on VHF-FM marine band radio channel 13 (165.65 MHz) and channel 16 (156.8 MHz).

(d) Enforcement Period. This section will be enforced from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. on June 11, 2011.

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Dated: May 6, 2011.

Anthony Popiel,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port North Carolina.

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[FR Doc. 2011-12377 Filed 5-20-11; 8:45 am]