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2018 Quarterly Listings; Safety Zones, Security Zones, Special Local Regulations, Drawbridge Operation Regulations and Regulated Navigation Areas

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Coast Guard, DHS.


Notification of expired temporary rules issued.


This document provides notification of substantive rules issued by the Coast Guard that were made temporarily effective but expired before they could be published in the Federal Register. This document lists temporary safety zones, security zones, special local regulations, drawbridge operation regulations and regulated navigation areas, all of limited duration and for which timely publication in the Federal Register was not possible.


This document lists temporary Coast Guard rules that became effective, primarily between January 2018 and March 2018, unless otherwise indicated, and were terminated before they could be published in the Federal Register.


Temporary rules listed in this document may be viewed online, under their respective docket numbers, using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

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For questions on this document contact Yeoman First Class David Hager, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, telephone (202) 372-3862.

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Coast Guard District Commanders and Captains of the Port (COTP) must be immediately responsive to the safety and security needs within their jurisdiction; therefore, District Commanders and COTPs have been delegated the authority to issue certain local regulations. Safety zones may be established for safety or environmental purposes. A safety zone may be stationary and described by fixed limits or it may be described as a zone around a vessel in motion. Security zones limit access to prevent injury or damage to vessels, ports, or waterfront facilities. Special local regulations are issued to enhance the safety of participants and spectators at regattas and other marine events. Drawbridge operation regulations authorize changes to drawbridge schedules to accommodate bridge repairs, seasonal vessel traffic, and local public events. Regulated Navigation Areas are water areas within a defined boundary for which regulations for vessels navigating within the area have been established by the regional Coast Guard District Commander.

Timely publication of these rules in the Federal Register may be precluded when a rule responds to an emergency, or when an event occurs without sufficient advance notice. The affected public is, however, often informed of these rules through Local Notices to Mariners, press releases, and other means. Moreover, actual notification is provided by Coast Guard patrol vessels enforcing the restrictions imposed by the rule. Because Federal Register publication was not possible before the end of the effective period, mariners were personally notified of the contents of these safety zones, security zones, special local regulations, regulated navigation areas or drawbridge operation regulations by Coast Guard officials on-scene prior to any enforcement action. However, the Coast Guard, by law, must publish in the Federal Register notice of substantive rules adopted. To meet this obligation without imposing undue expense on the public, the Coast Guard periodically publishes a list of these temporary safety zones, security zones, special local regulations, regulated navigation areas and drawbridge operation regulations. Permanent rules are not included in this list because they are published in their entirety in the Federal Register. Temporary rules are also published in their entirety if sufficient time is available to do so before they are placed in effect or terminated.

The following unpublished rules were placed in effect temporarily during the period between January 2018 and March 2018 unless otherwise indicated. To view copies of these rules, visit and search by the docket number indicated in the following table.

Docket No.TypeLocationEffective date
USCG-2012-1036Safety ZonesLong island Sound Zone11/25/2017
USCG-2017-1103Safety ZonesSandusky, OH12/31/2017
USCG-2018-0001Safety ZonesBellaire, OH1/6/2018
USCG-2018-0021Safety ZonesPalm Beach, FL1/11/2018
USGC-2018-0018Security ZonesPalm Beach, FL1/12/2018
USCG-2017-1088Security ZonesDetroit, MI1/13/2018
USCG-2017-1096Safety ZonesPiti, GU1/17/2018
USCG-2018-0053Safety ZonesThebes, IL1/18/2018
USCG-2017-1110Safety ZonesHarbor, GU1/24/2018
USCG-2018-0062Special Local RegulationsNew York Zone1/26/2018
USCG-2017-1029Special Local RegulationsSan Diego Captain of the Port1/27/2018
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USCG-2018-0073Security ZonesPalm Beach, FL2/2/2018
USCG-2018-0035Security ZonesPittsburgh, PA2/2/2018
USCG-2018-0058Safety ZonesSan Francisco, CA2/3/2018
USCG-2018-0008Safety ZonesMobile, AL2/3/2018
USCG-2018-0115Safety ZonesDelaware Bay2/6/2018
USCG-2018-0116DrawbridgesSparrows point, MD2/13/2018
USCG-2017-1024Safety ZonesVirgin Island, U.S.2/15/2018
USCG-2018-0149Security ZonesPalm Beach, FL2/15/2018
USCG-2018-0040Safety ZonesLetart, WV2/17/2018
USCG-2018-0159Safety ZonesMiami, FL2/23/2018
USCG-2018-0166Security ZonesPalm Beach, FL3/2/2018
USCG-2018-0012Special Local RegulationsTuscaloosa, AL3/3/2018
USCG-2018-0213Safety ZonesNew York, NY3/3/2018
USCG-2018-0204Safety ZonesBlackslough Landing, CA3/22/2018
USCG-2018-0155Special Local RegulationsOak Ridge, TN3/23/2018
USCG-2018-0247Security ZonesPalm Beach, FL3/23/2018
USCG-2018-0024Safety ZonesWilmington, NC3/26/2018
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Dated: May 9, 2018.

Katia Kroutil,

Office Chief, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, United States Coast Guard.

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[FR Doc. 2018-10308 Filed 5-14-18; 8:45 am]