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Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida

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American Government Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida

Holly L. Najarian
Department of Homeland Security
9 March 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 47 (Friday, March 9, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10368-10370]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-04744]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2018-0037]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. 
Petersburg, Florida

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the 
navigable waters of Tampa Bay, in the vicinity of the St. Petersburg 
Municipal Yacht Basin, St. Petersburg, Florida during the Firestone 
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The temporary safety zone is necessary to 
protect the safety of the race participants, spectators, and vessels on 
the surrounding waterway during grand prix racing on a course abutting 
the St. Petersburg Municipal Yacht Basin. Persons and vessels are 
prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or 
remaining within the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of 
the Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from March 9, 2018 
until 10 p.m. on March 11, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, 
actual notice will be used from 6 a.m. on March 7, 2018 until March 9, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2018-0037 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open 
Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Marine Science Technician First Class Michael 
Shackleford, Sector St. Petersburg Prevention Department, Coast Guard; 
telephone (813) 228-2191, email Michael.D.Shackleford@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background, Purpose, and Regulatory History

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary 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 was not notified of 
the event with sufficient time to publish a NPRM prior to the event. 
The Coast Guard received information regarding the need for a safety 
zone for the event on January 10, 2018. The event would occur before 
the rulemaking process would be completed. Because of the dangers posed 
by the race involved in this event, the safety zone is necessary to 
provide for the safety of race participants, spectators, and other 
vessels navigating the surrounding waterways. Delaying the effective 
date by first publishing an NPRM and holding a comment period would be 
contrary to the rule's objectives of ensuring safety of life on the 
navigable waters and protection of race participants, spectators, and 
vessels in the surrounding waterways. For those reasons, it would be 
impracticable to publish an NPRM.
    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 for the same reasons discussed 
above.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The legal basis for this rule is the Coast Guard's authority to 
establish regulated navigation areas: 33 U.S.C. 1231. The Captain of 
the Port St. Petersburg has determined that a safety zone is necessary 
to protect race participants, spectators, and vessels from the hazards 
associated with race events. The rule is necessary to ensure the safety 
of life vessels and persons in the navigable waters within the safety 
zone during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

    This rule establishes a safety zone from March 7, 2018 through 
March 11, 2018, which will be enforced daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The 
safety zone will cover all navigable waters within a specified area of 
Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg. The duration of the zone is intended to 
ensure the safety of the public and these navigable waters during the 
race event. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter, transit 
through, anchor in, or remain within the safety zone without obtaining 
permission from the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg or a designated 
representative.
    Persons and vessels may request authorization to enter, transit 
through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area by contacting 
the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg by telephone at (727) 824-7506, 
or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16. If 
authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within 
the regulated area is granted by the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg 
or a designated representative, all persons and vessels receiving such 
authorization must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the 
Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative. The Coast Guard 
will provide notice of the safety zone by Local Notice to Mariners, 
Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and/or on-scene designated 
representatives.

IV. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses 
based on a number of these statutes and

[[Page 10369]]

Executive orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors.

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 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. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control 
regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been 
designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under Executive Order 
12866. Accordingly, this rule has not been reviewed by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt 
from the requirements of Executive Order 13771.
    This regulatory action determination is based on: (1) The safety 
zone will be enforced for a limited period of time over the course of 
four days during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida 
race events; (2) although persons and vessels are prohibited to enter, 
transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area without 
authorization from the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg or a 
designated representative, they may operate in the surrounding area 
during the enforcement period; (3) the Coast Guard will provide advance 
notification of the safety zone to the local maritime community by 
Local Notice to Mariners and/or Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 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 
would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities.
    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the 
safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section 
V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on any 
vessel owner or operator.
    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this rule. If the 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.
    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.

C. 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).

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments

    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 have 
determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism 
principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 
13132.
    Also, 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. If 
you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, 
please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section above.

E. 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 would not result 
in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule 
elsewhere in this preamble.

F. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security 
Directive 023-01, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969(42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and 
have determined that 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 involves a safety zone that will prohibit 
persons and vessels from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or 
remaining within the regulated area during a four day high speed grand 
prix race event. It is categorically excluded from further review under 
paragraph L60 of Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023-01-
001-01, Rev. 01. A Record of Environmental Consideration supporting 
this determination is available in the docket where indicated under 
ADDRESSES.

G. 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 without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places, or vessels.

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

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

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-
1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 
0170.1.

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2. Add Sec.  165.T07-0037 to read as follows:

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Sec.  165.T07-0037  Safety Zone; Firestone Grand Prix of St. 
Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL.

    (a) Regulated area. The following area is established as a safety 
zone. All waters of the Gulf of Mexico encompassed within the following 
points: 27[deg]46'18'' N, 082[deg]37'55.2'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]46'18'' N, 082[deg]37'54.6'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]46'9.6'' N, 082[deg]37'54.6'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]46'9.6'' N, 082[deg]37'33'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]46'4.2'' N, 082[deg]37'33'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]45'59.4'' N, 082[deg]37'50.4'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]46'6.6'' N, 082[deg]37'56.4'' W, thence to position 
27[deg]46'13.8'' N, 082[deg]37'55.8'' W, thence back to the original 
position 27[deg]46'18'' N, 082[deg]37'55.2'' W. All coordinates are 
North American Datum 1983.
    (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 St. Petersburg in the enforcement of the regulated 
areas.
    (c) Regulations. (1) All persons and vessels are prohibited from 
entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the 
Regulated Area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port St. 
Petersburg or a designated representative.
    (2) Designated representatives may control vessel traffic 
throughout the enforcement area as determined by the prevailing 
conditions.
    (3) Persons and vessels may request authorization to enter, transit 
through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated areas by contacting 
the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg by telephone at (727) 824-7506, 
or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16. If 
authorization is granted by the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg or a 
designated representative, all persons and vessels receiving such 
authorization must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the 
Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative.
    (d) Enforcement period. This rule will be enforced from 6 a.m. 
until 10 p.m. daily from March 7, 2018 through March 11, 2018.

Holly L. Najarian,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Saint Petersburg.
[FR Doc. 2018-04744 Filed 3-8-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 9110-04-P

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