Safety Zone; Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit River; Detroit, MI
Safety Zone; Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit River; Detroit, MI
Department of Homeland Security
May 22, 2015
[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 100 (Tuesday, May 26, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-12554]
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
33 CFR Part 165
[Docket No. USCG-2015-0389]
Safety Zone; Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit River;
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Temporary final rule.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone
encompassing a portion of the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan. This
safety zone is necessary to protect Belle Isle Grand Prix participants,
spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with a high speed
automobile race in close proximity to a navigable waterway.
This safety zone will establish restrictions upon, and control
movement of, vessels in a portion of the Detroit River. During the
enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the regulated area
without permission of the Captain of the Port.
DATES: This temporary final rule is effective and will be enforced from
8 a.m. on May 29, 2015 until 8 p.m. on May 31, 2015.
ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket
USCG-2015-0389. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being
available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov, type the docket
number in the ``SEARCH'' box, and click ``Search.'' You may visit the
Docket Management Facility, 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
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this
temporary rule, call or email PO1 Todd Manow, Prevention Department,
Sector Detroit, Coast Guard; telephone 313-568-9580, email
Todd.M.Manow@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket,
call Ms. Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone
202-366-9826 or 1-800-647-5527.
Table of Acronyms
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NAD 83 North American Datum of 1983
A. Regulatory History and 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 waiting for a notice and comment
period to run would be impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the
public interest. The final details of this event were not known to the
Coast Guard with sufficient time for the Coast Guard to solicit public
comments before the start of the event. Thus, delaying this temporary
rule to wait for a notice and comment period to run would be
impracticable and contrary to the public interest because it would
inhibit the Coast Guard's ability to protect waterways users from the
hazards associated with a high speed automobile
race in close proximity to a navigable waterway.
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 (FR). For the same reasons
discussed in the preceding paragraph, waiting for a 30-day notice
period to run would be impracticable and contrary to the public
B. Basis and Purpose
The legal basis and authorities for this rule are found in 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, and 160.5; Public Law 107-295, 116 Stat.
2064; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1, which
collectively authorize the Coast Guard to establish and define
regulatory safety zones.
On the morning of May 29, 2015, a series of high speed automobile
races will begin and continue for three days until the evening of May
31, 2015. Participants in the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will race
on portions of the roadway in the Belle Isle Park that are very near to
the waterfront, making these areas vulnerable in the event of a
The Captain of the Port Detroit has determined that the likely
combination of recreation vessels, commercial vessels, and large
numbers of spectators in close proximity to the automobile races pose
extra and unusual hazards to public safety and property. Thus, the
Captain of the Port Detroit has determined that establishing a Safety
Zone around the location of the racecourse will help minimize risks to
safety of life and property during this event.
C. Discussion of Rule
In light of the aforementioned hazards, the Captain of the Port
Detroit has determined that a temporary safety zone is necessary to
prevent vessels from entering, transiting, or anchoring in the vicinity
of the event. The safety zone will encompass a 50 yard wide zone around
the western side of Belle Isle in U.S. Waters, of the Detroit River.
The area will start on the west side of the Belle Isle Bridge at
position 42[deg]20.4' N.; 082[deg]59.8' W. to 50 yards offshore; and
will end 50 yards offshore south of the Dossin Museum parking lot, and
extending to Belle Isle straight north to position 42[deg]20.1' N.;
082[deg]59.0' W. (all coordinates are NAD 83).
This safety zone is necessary in order to ensure the protection of
Participants of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and waterways users
transiting the area. This safety zone will be enforced from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. each day on May 29, 30, and 31, 2015.
Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within this safety zone is
prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Detroit or his
designated on-scene representative.
Vessel operators desiring to transit through this safety zone must
contact the Coast Guard Patrol Commander to obtain permission to do so.
The Captain of the Port or his designated on-scene representative may
be contacted via VHF Channel 16.
D. Regulatory Analyses
We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and
executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses
based on 14 of these statutes or executive orders.
1. Regulatory Planning and Review
This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f)
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as
supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and
Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential
costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 or
under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and
Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. It is not
``significant'' under the regulatory policies and procedures of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
We conclude that this rule is not a significant regulatory action
because we anticipate that it will have minimal impact on the economy,
will not interfere with other agencies, will not adversely alter the
budget of any grant or loan recipients, and will not raise any novel
legal or policy issues.
The safety zone created by this rule will be relatively small and
enforced for relatively short duration, and it is designed to minimize
the impact on navigation. Under certain conditions, vessels may still
transit through the safety zone when permitted by the Captain of the
Port. Moreover, this safety zone is outside the navigable channel.
Overall, the Coast Guard expects minimal impact to vessel movement from
the enforcement of this safety zone.
2. Impact on Small Entities
The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as
amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. 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
This rule will affect the following entities, some of which might
be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to
transit or anchor in a portion of the Detroit River from 8 a.m. until 8
p.m. on May 29, 30, and 31, 2015.
This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This
safety zone is outside of the navigable shipping channel and will not
obstruct the regular flow of commercial traffic. Vessels may be allowed
to pass through the safety zone with the permission of the Captain of
the Port or his designated on-scene representative. The Captain of the
Port can be reached via VHF channel 16. The Coast Guard will give
notice to the public via a Broadcast to Mariners that the regulation is
in effect, allowing vessel owners and operators to plan accordingly.
3. Assistance for Small Entities
Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we want to assist small
entities in understanding this rule to that they can better evaluate
its effects on them. If this rule would affect your small business,
organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions
concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the
person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.
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 entities
that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of
the Coast Guard.
4. Collection of Information
This rule will not call for a 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 the States, on the
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of
government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and determined
that this rule does not have implications for federalism.
6. Protest Activities
The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters.
Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that
your message can be received withou1111t jeopardizing the safety or
security of people, places or vessels.
7. 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 (adjusted for
inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in
such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in
8. Taking of Private Property
This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Energy Effects
This action is not a ``significant energy action'' under Executive
Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect
Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.
13. Technical Standards
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 involves the establishment of a safety zone and, therefore it
is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of
Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. An environmental analysis
checklist supporting this determination and a Categorical Exclusion
Determination are available in the docket where indicated under
ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the
discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule.
List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165
Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends
33 CFR part 165 as follows:
PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS
1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 33 U.S.C 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapters 701, 3306, 3703; 50
U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6 and 160.5; Pub. L.
107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation
2. Add Sec. 165.T09-0389 to read as follows:
Sec. 165.T09-0389 Safety Zone; Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit
River, Detroit, MI.
(a) Safety zone. A safety zone is established to include all waters
of the Detroit River within a 50-yard wide zone around the western side
of Belle Isle in U.S. Waters, of the Detroit River. The area will start
on the west side of the Belle Isle Bridge at position 42[deg]20.4' N.;
082[deg]59.8' W. to 50 yards offshore; and will end 50 yards offshore
south of the Dossin Museum parking lot, and extending to Belle Isle
straight north to position 42[deg]20.1' N.; 082[deg]59.0' W. All
geographic coordinates are North American Datum of 1983.
(b) Effective and enforcement period. This regulation will be
enforced from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day on May 29, 30, and 31, 2015.
(c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in
section 165.23, entry into, transiting or anchoring within this safety
zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port,
Detroit, MI, or his designated representative.
(2) This safety zone is closed to all vessel traffic, except as may
be permitted by the Captain of the Port Detroit, MI, or his designated
(3) The on-scene representative of the Captain of the Port is any
Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been
designated by the Captain of the Port to act on his behalf. The on-
scene representative will be aboard either a Coast Guard or Coast Guard
auxiliary vessel. The Captain of the Port representative may be
contacted via VHF channel 16 or at 313-568-9464.
(4) Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the safety
zone shall contact the Captain of the Port Detroit, MI or his on-scene
representative to request permission to do so. Vessel operators given
permission to enter or operate in the safety zone must comply with all
directions given to them by the Captain of the Port Detroit, MI or his
Dated: April 11, 2015.
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Detroit.
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