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2020 Quarterly Listings; Safety Zones, Security Zones, and Special Local Regulations

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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, and special local regulations, 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 July 2019 and March 2020, 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 Glenn Grayer, 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.

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 July 2019 and March 2020 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-2019-0623Safety ZonePort Buffalo Zone7/7/2019
USCG-2019-0547Safety ZoneCleveland, OH7/12/2019
USCG-2019-0539Safety ZonePort Buffalo Zone7/12/2019
USCG-2019-0611Safety ZoneClayton, NY7/20/2019
USCG-2019-0396Safety ZoneCleveland, OH7/21/2019
USCG-2019-0583Safety ZonePacific Grove, CA7/27/2019
USCG-2019-0473Safety ZoneKendall, NY8/3/2019
USCG-2019-0601Safety ZoneNorth Tonawanda, NY8/3/2019
USCG-2019-0680Safety ZoneErie, PA8/27/2019
USCG-2019-0713Safety ZonePort Buffalo Zone9/1/2019
USCG-2019-0723Safety ZoneSodus Point, NY9/2/2019
USCG-2019-0731Safety ZoneWestfield, NY9/3/2019
USCG-2019-0708Safety ZoneConneaut, OH9/7/2019
USCG-2019-0668Safety ZoneConneaut, OH9/7/2019
USCG-2019-0711Safety ZoneLake Erie, Vermilion, OH9/14/2019
USCG-2019-0766Safety ZoneBratenahl, OH9/17/2019
USCG-2019-0779Safety ZoneVerona, NY9/17/2019
USCG-2019-0791Safety ZonePresque Isle Bay, Erie, PA10/1/2019
USCG-2019-0805Safety ZoneCuyahoga River10/5/2019
USCG-2019-0969Safety ZoneAlameda, CA1/5/2020
USCG-2020-0002Safety ZoneFt Lauderdale, FL1/6/2020
USCG-2020-0016Security Zones (Part 165)Toledo, OH1/9/2020
USCG-2020-0018Safety ZoneMenominee, MI1/18/2020
USCG-2020-0026Security Zones (Part 165)New Orleans, LA1/18/2020
USCG-2020-0059Safety ZonePort New York Zone1/23/2020
USCG-2020-0020Special Local RegulationsTampa, FL1/25/2020
USCG-2020-0083Security Zones (Part 165)Wildwood, NJ1/28/2020
USCG-2020-0070Safety ZoneChicago, IL1/28/2020
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USCG-2020-0077Safety ZoneNaval Station Everett, WA1/30/2020
USCG-2020-0079Safety ZoneSmithland, KY1/30/2020
USCG-2020-0072Safety ZoneHamilton Township, NJ2/1/2020
USCG-2020-0131Security Zones (Part 165)Norfolk, VA2/19/2020
USCG-2020-0104Safety ZoneNew Orleans, LA2/19/2020
USCG-2020-0164Safety ZoneShackleford Banks, NC3/6/2020
USCG-2020-0193Safety ZoneKey West, FL3/19/2020
USCG-2020-0200Safety ZoneGreen Bay, WI3/24/2020
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Dated: September 17, 2020.

M.T. Cunningham,

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

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[FR Doc. 2020-20945 Filed 9-24-20; 8:45 am]