Special Local Regulations:

 
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Federal Register Volume 76, Number 214 (Friday, November 4, 2011)

Rules and Regulations

Pages 68314-68317

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]

FR Doc No: 2011-28587

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100

Docket No. USCG-2011-0942

RIN 1625-AA08

Special Local Regulations; Key West World Championship, Atlantic

Ocean; Key West, FL

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulations on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West, Florida during the Key West World Championship, a series of high-speed boat races. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011; Friday, November 11, 2011; and Sunday, November 13, 2011. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. The special local regulations will temporarily restrict vessel traffic in certain waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The special local regulations will establish the following four areas: A race area, where all persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels participating in the high-speed boat races, are prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring, or remaining; a buffer zone around the race area, where all persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels enforcing the buffer zone, are prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring, or remaining; and two spectator areas, where all vessels are prohibited from anchoring unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative.

DATES: This rule is effective from 9 a.m. on November 9, 2011 through 5 p.m. on November 13, 2011. This rule will be enforced daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on November 9, 2011; November 11, 2011; and November 13, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG-2011-0942 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2011-0942 in the

``Keyword''

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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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary final rule, call or email Marine Science Technician First

Class William G. Winegar, Sector Key West Prevention Department, Coast

Guard; telephone (305) 292-8809, email William.G.Winegar@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program

Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because the Coast Guard did not receive necessary information about the event until October 4, 2011. As a result, the Coast Guard did not have sufficient time to publish an NPRM and to receive public comments prior to the event. Any delay in the effective date of this rule would be contrary to the public interest because immediate action is needed to minimize potential danger to the race participants, participant vessels, spectators, and the general public.

For the same reason discussed above, 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.

Basis and Purpose

The legal basis for the rule is the Coast Guard's authority to establish regulated navigation areas and other limited access areas: 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; Public Law 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064;

Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

The purpose of the rule is to protect race participants, participant vessels, spectators, and the general public from the hazards associated with high-speed boat races.

Discussion of Rule

On November 9, 11, and 13, 2011, Super Boat International

Productions, Inc. is hosting the Key West World Championship, a series of high-speed boat races. The event will be held on the waters of the

Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West, Florida. Approximately 70 high-speed power boats will be participating in the races. It is anticipated that at least 100 spectator vessels will be present during the races. Although this event occurs annually, and special local regulations for this event are in the Code of Federal Regulations at 33

CFR 100.701, the Coast Guard has determined that additional safety measures are necessary in the special local regulations, including a buffer zone and two spectator areas. Therefore, the special local regulations set forth in 33 CFR 100.701 are inapplicable for this event.

The special local regulations encompass certain waters of the

Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West, Florida. The special local regulations will be enforced daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on

November 9, 2011; November 11, 2011; and November 13, 2011. The special local regulations consist of the following four areas: (1) A race area, where all persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels participating in the high-speed boat races, are prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring, or remaining; (2) a buffer zone around the race area, where all persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels enforcing the buffer zone, are prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring, or remaining; and (3) two spectator areas, where all vessels are prohibited from anchoring unless authorized by the

Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative. Persons and vessels may request authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the race area, the buffer zone, or the spectator areas by contacting the Captain of the Port Key West by telephone at

(305) 292-8727, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16. If authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the race area, the buffer zone, or the spectator areas is granted by the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative, all persons and vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative. The Coast Guard will provide notice of the regulated area by Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to

Mariners, and on-scene designated representatives.

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.

Regulatory Planning and Review

Executive Orders 13563, Regulatory Planning and Review, and 12866,

Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive

Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rule has not been designated a significant regulatory action section 6(a)(3) of that Executive Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders.

The economic impact of this rule is not significant for the following reasons: (1) The special local regulations will only be in enforced for a total of 24 hours; (2) although persons and vessels will not be able to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the race area and buffer zone, or anchor in the spectator areas, without authorization from the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative, they may operate in the surrounding area during the enforcement periods; (3) persons and vessels may still enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the race area and buffer zone, or anchor in the spectator areas, during the enforcement periods if authorized by the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative; and (4) the Coast Guard will provide advance notification of the special local regulations to the local maritime community by Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

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

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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 may affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owner or operators of vessels intending to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within that portion of the

Atlantic Ocean encompassed within the special local regulations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on November 9, 2011 through November 13, 2011. For the reasons discussed in the Regulatory Planning and Review section above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement

Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we offer to assist small entities in understanding the rule so that they can 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 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.

Environment

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 that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(h), of the Instruction. This rule involves special local regulations issued in conjunction with a marine event. Under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(h), of the Instruction an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for this rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 100

Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Waterways.

For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 100 as follows:

PART 100--SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS 0 1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1233.

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0 2. Add a temporary Sec. 100.T07-0942 to read as follows:

Sec. 100.T07-0942 Special Local Regulations; Key West World

Championship, Atlantic Ocean; Key West, FL.

(a) Regulated Areas. The following regulated areas are established as special local regulations. All coordinates are North American Datum 1983.

(1) Race Area. All waters of the Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West encompassed within an imaginary line connecting the following points: Starting at Point 1 in position 24[deg]32'08'' N, 81[deg]50'19'' W; thence east to Point 2 in position 24[deg]32'23'' N, 81[deg]48'58'' W; thence northeast to Point 3 in position 24[deg]33'14'' N, 81[deg]48'47'' W; thence northeast to Point 4 in position 24[deg]33'54'' N, 81[deg]48'22'' W; thence west to Point 5 in position 24[deg]33'54'' N, 81[deg]48'25'' W; thence southwest back to origin. All persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels participating in the high-speed boat races, are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the race area.

(2) Buffer Zone. All waters of the Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West encompassed within an imaginary line connecting the following points: Starting at Point 1 in position 24[deg]33'26'' N, 81[deg]49'02'' W; thence southwest to Point 2 in position 24[deg]32'22'' N, 81[deg]50'39'' W; thence south to Point 3 in position 24[deg]31'53'' N, 81[deg]50'39'' W; thence northeast to Point 4 in position 24[deg]32'06'' N, 81[deg]48'35'' W thence northwest to back to origin. All persons and vessels except those persons and vessels enforcing the buffer zone are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the buffer zone.

(3) Spectator Area 1. All waters of the Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West encompassed within an imaginary line connecting the following points: Starting at Point 1 in position 24[deg]33'26'' N, 81[deg]49'02'' W; thence northeast to Point 2 in position 24[deg]33'36'' N, 81[deg]48'49'' W; thence northwest to Point 3 in position 24[deg]33'39'' N, 81[deg]49'26'' W; thence southwest to Point 4 in position 24[deg]33'24'' N, 81[deg]49'28'' W; thence northeast back to origin. All vessels are prohibited from anchoring in spectator area 1. On-scene designated representatives will direct spectator vessels to spectator area 1.

(4) Spectator Area 2. All waters of the Atlantic Ocean located southwest of Key West encompassed within an imaginary line connecting the following points: Starting at Point 1 in position 24[deg]33'41'' N, 81[deg]48'44'' W; thence northeast to Point 2 in position 24[deg]33'55'' N, 81[deg]48'34'' W; thence southwest to Point 3 in position 24[deg]33'52'' N, 81[deg]48'42'' W; thence southwest back to origin. All vessels are prohibited from anchoring in spectator area 2.

On-scene designated representatives will direct spectator vessels to spectator area 2.

(b) Definition. The term ``designated representative'' means Coast

Guard Patrol Commanders, including Coast Guard coxswains, petty officers, and other officers operating Coast Guard vessels, and

Federal, state, and local officers designated by or assisting the

Captain of the Port Key West in the enforcement of the regulated areas.

(c) Regulations.

(1) Persons and vessels desiring to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated areas may contact the Captain of the

Port Key West by telephone at (305) 292-8727, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16, to seek authorization. If authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within any of the regulated areas is granted by the Captain of the Port Key

West or a designated representative, all persons and vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Key West or a designated representative.

(2) The Coast Guard will provide notice of the regulated areas by

Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and on-scene designated representatives.

(d) Effective Date and Enforcement Periods. This rule is effective from 9 a.m. on November 9, 2011 through 5 p.m. on November 13, 2011.

This rule will be enforced daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on November 9, 2011; November 11, 2011; and November 13, 2011.

Dated: October 18, 2011.

Pat DeQuattro,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Key West.

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