[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 128 (Tuesday, July 3, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 39398-39402]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16241]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Parts 100 and 165

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0405]
RIN 1625-AA00; 1625-AA08


Safety Zone and Special Local Regulation; 2012 Macy's 4th of July 
Fireworks and Spectator Viewing Areas, Hudson River, NY

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone and 
temporary special local regulation (SLR) on the navigable waters of the 
Hudson River in the vicinity of New York, NY for the 2012 Macy's 4th of 
July Fireworks Display. The temporary safety zone and temporary SLR are 
intended to restrict certain vessels from portions of the Hudson River 
before, during and immediately after the fireworks event. This 
regulation is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the 
navigable waters by controlling vessel movement and to establish public 
viewing areas for the fireworks event.

DATES: This rule is effective from 6:00 p.m. on July 4, 2012 until 
11:00 p.m. on July 5, 2012. This rule will be enforced from 6 p.m. 
until 11 p.m. on July 4, 2012, and if the fireworks display is 
postponed due to inclement weather, it will be enforced from 6 p.m. 
until 11 p.m. on July 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket 
[USCG-2012-0405]. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the 
docket number in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open 
Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also 
visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground 
floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 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 rule, 
call or email Ensign Kimberly Farnsworth, Coast Guard; Telephone (718) 
354-4163, email Kimberly.A.Farnsworth@uscg.mil. If you have questions 
on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, 
Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Acronyms

DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
COTP Captain of the Port

A. Regulatory History and Information

    On November 9, 2011, we published a final rule entitled ``Special 
Local Regulations and Safety Zones: Recurring Events in Captain of Port 
New York Zone'' in the Federal Register (76 FR 69613). In that 
rulemaking, the Coast Guard established a permanent safety zone for the 
annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, listed in Table 1 to 33 CFR 
165.160, entitled Macy's 4th of July Fireworks.
    On March 23, 2012, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) entitled ``Special Local Regulation; Macy's Fourth of July 
Fireworks Display Spectator Viewing Areas; Hudson River; New York, NY'' 
in the Federal Register (77 FR 16978). We received no comments on the 
proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held.
    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)(3)(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 logistics of the event for 
this year were not finalized and provided to the Coast Guard with 
sufficient time to publish a NPRM followed by a final rule before the 
effective date of the event. Immediate action is necessary to ensure 
public safety due to the inherent hazards associated with launching 
fireworks and the explosive nature of the fireworks display. Therefore 
any delay in promulgating this regulation would reduce public safety 
and is therefore contrary to the public interest.
    On Friday, April 27, 2012 the sponsor notified the Coast Guard that 
it intended

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to shift the fireworks display further south of the existing safety 
zone established in Table 1 to 33 CFR 165.160.
    The sponsor advised that it intends to use four barges spaced 1500 
feet apart in order to enhance safety and improve the visual effect of 
the fireworks for the 2012 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Display. The 
sponsor further advised that because the command center for the event 
will be located at Pier 64 in the vicinity of Chelsea Piers, it was 
necessary to shift the fireworks display south on the Hudson River to 
allow for constant monitoring and unobstructed view of the entire 
display site and fallout areas. In previous years the command center 
was located further north in the vicinity of Pier 88 at the Intrepid 
Sea, Air and Space Museum. The sponsor requested that the Coast Guard 
increase the size of the safety zone for the 2012 fireworks display.
    Based on the information received regarding the placement of the 
launch platforms further south on the Hudson River, the fall out area 
is outside of the existing safety zone established in Table 1 to 33 CFR 
165.160 and will not meet the needs of this year's fireworks display.
    Therefore, to mitigate the potential danger to spectators, the 
Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone and temporary SLR. 
Any delay or cancellation of the event in order to allow for a notice 
and comment period is contrary to the public interest in having this 
event occur on July 4, 2012 as scheduled.
    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. Delaying this rule would be 
contrary to the public interest of ensuring the safety of spectators 
and vessels during the event and immediate action is necessary to 
prevent possible loss of life or property. Also, a delay or 
cancellation of the fireworks event in order to allow for publication 
in the Federal Register is contrary to the public's interest in having 
this event occur as scheduled.

B. Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis for the rule is 33 U.S.C. 1231, 1233; 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; and Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1, which collectively authorizes 
the Coast Guard to define regulatory safety zones and special local 
regulations.
    This regulation is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and 
spectators from hazards associated with fireworks display. Based on the 
inherent hazards associated with fireworks, the COTP New York has 
determined that fireworks launches proximate to watercraft pose 
significant risk to public safety and property. The combination of 
increased numbers of recreation vessels, congested waterways, darkness 
punctuated by bright flashes of light, and debris, especially burning 
debris falling on passing or anchored spectator vessels has the 
potential to result in serious injuries or fatalities. This regulation 
temporarily establishes limited access areas to restrict vessel 
movement around the location of the launch platforms to reduce the risk 
associated with the launch of fireworks.

C. Discussion of the Final Rule

    The 2012 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks event is scheduled to occur 
on the waters of the Hudson River, New York, NY. This rule establishing 
a temporary safety zone and a temporary special local regulation is 
necessary to ensure the safety of spectators and vessels from hazards 
associated with the fireworks display.
    The fireworks display is scheduled to occur from 9:20 p.m. until 
9:50 p.m. This rule will be enforced from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on 
July 4, 2012 in order to ensure that the area is clear of persons and 
vessels before the fireworks display begins, and to ensure that no 
explosive hazards remain after the fireworks display ends. If the event 
is cancelled due to inclement weather, then this regulation will be 
enforced from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on July 5, 2012.
    The COTP New York will establish five limited access areas within 
the boundary of the regulated area. Access to these areas will be 
restricted to vessels of a certain size. The five limited access areas 
are: (1) A ``spectator area'' designated ALPHA in which access is 
limited to vessels less than 20 meters in length (65.6 ft); (2) a 
``spectator area'' designated BRAVO in which access is limited to 
vessels greater than 20 meters in length (65.6 ft); (3) a ``buffer 
zone'' around the fireworks launch barges, designated area CHARLIE, 
limited to all vessels tending the fireworks launch barges; (4) a 
``spectator area'' designated DELTA in which access is limited to 
vessels greater than 20 meters in length (65.6 ft); and (5) a 
``spectator area'' designated ECHO in which access is limited to 
vessels less than 20 meters in length (65.6 ft).
    Public notifications will be made to the local maritime community 
prior to the event through the Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast 
Notice to Mariners.

D. 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.

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. This determination is 
based on the limited time that vessels will be restricted from the 
zone. The temporary safety zone and special local regulation will only 
be in effect for approximately five hours during the evening. The Coast 
Guard expects minimum adverse impact to mariners from the zone's 
activation as the event has been extensively advertised to the public. 
Also, mariners may request authorization from the COTP New York or the 
designated representative to transit the 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 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 will affect the following entities, some of which may be 
small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit 
or anchor in a portion of the Hudson River, in the vicinity of New 
York, NY during the effective period.
    This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This 
rule will be in effect for only five hours on a single-day during the 
late evening. Although the temporary safety zone and temporary special 
local regulation will apply to the entire width of the river, vessel 
traffic will be allowed to pass through the area with the permission of 
the COTP New York or the designated representative. The event is well 
known and extensive advertisement has allowed for public

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notification. Also, before the effective period, we will issue maritime 
advisories widely available to users of the waterway.

3. Assistance for Small Entities

    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, 
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 small 
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).

5. Federalism

    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 without 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 an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere 
in this preamble.

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 
Rights.

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.

14. 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 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 establishment of a temporary safety 
zone and a temporary special local regulation. This rule is 
categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) and 
34(h) 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

33 CFR Part 100

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

33 CFR Part 165

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

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR parts 100 and 165 as follows:

PART 100--SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS

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1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1233.


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2. Add Sec.  100.T01-0405 to read as follows:


Sec.  100.T01-0405  Special Local Regulations; 2012 Macy's 4th of July 
Fireworks Spectator Viewing Areas, Hudson River, New York, NY.

    (a) Regulated Area. The regulated area includes all navigable 
waters of the Hudson River bounded by a line drawn from position 
40[deg]46'39.48'' N, 073[deg]59'27.06'' W (West 66th Street, New York, 
NY), west to position 40[deg]46'56.58'' N, 074[deg]00'12.04'' W (North 
of Pier 9, Weehawken, NJ), then south along the New Jersey shoreline to 
position 40[deg]46'8.78'' N, 074[deg]00'54.12'' W (north east corner of 
Hanley Towers, Weehawken, NJ), then east to position 40[deg]45'51.55'' 
N, 074[deg]00'10.85'' W (pier 84, New York, NY), then along the

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Manhattan shoreline north to the point of origin; as well as all 
navigable waters of the Hudson River bounded by a line drawn from 
position 40[deg]44'33.25'' N, 074[deg]01'38.48'' W (Stevens Institute 
of Tech Tower, Castle Point, Hoboken, NJ), east to position 
40[deg]44'29.41'' N, 074[deg]00'43.64'' W (Pier 54, New York, NY), 
south along the Manhattan shore line to position 40[deg]43'36.09'' N, 
074[deg]00'54.13'' W (Holland Tunnel Ventilator, Spring Street), and 
west to position 40[deg]43'42.78'' N, 074[deg]01'35.92'' W (Holland 
Tunnel Ventilator, Jersey City, NJ), then north to the point of origin. 
All geographic coordinates are North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83). 
Within the overall regulated area defined above, the following are 
individually defined areas subject to specific requirements:
    (1) Area ALPHA: all navigable waters of the Hudson River south of a 
line drawn from position 40[deg]46'56.58'' N, 074[deg]00'12.04'' W 
(North of Pier 9, Weehawken, NJ), east to position 40[deg]46'39.48'' N, 
073[deg]59'27.06'' W (West 66th Street, New York, NY), and north of a 
line drawn from position 40[deg]46'34.23'' N, 074[deg]00'36.81'' W 
(Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, Weehawken, NJ), east to position 
40[deg]46'14.64'' N, 073[deg]59'55.29'' W (Pier 94, New York, NY) (NAD 
83).
    (2) Area BRAVO: all navigable waters of the Hudson River south of a 
line drawn from position 40[deg]46'34.23''N 074[deg]00'36.81'' W (Port 
Imperial ferry terminal, Weehawken, NJ), east to position 
40[deg]46'14.64'' N, 073[deg]59'55.29'' W (Pier 94, New York, NY), and 
north of a line drawn from position 40[deg]46'8.78'' N, 
074[deg]00'54.12'' W (north east corner of Hanley Towers, Weehawken, 
NJ), east to position 40[deg]45'51.55'' N, 074[deg]00'10.85'' W (Pier 
84, New York, NY) (NAD 83).
    (3) Area DELTA: All navigable waters of the Hudson River north of a 
line drawn from position 40[deg]44'5.78'' N, 074[deg]01'38.48'' W 
(Hudson Tunnel Station Tower, Hoboken, NJ), then east to position 
40[deg]44'02.97'' N, 074[deg]00'42.48'' W (Charles Street Pier, New 
York, NY), and south of a line drawn from position 40[deg]44'29.41'' N, 
074[deg]00'43.64'' W (Pier 54, New York, NY), then west to position 
40[deg]44'33.25'' N, 074[deg]01'38.48'' W (Stevens Institute of Tech 
Tower, Castle Point, Hoboken, NJ) (NAD 83).
    (4) Area ECHO: All navigable waters of the Hudson River north of a 
line drawn from position 40[deg]43'42.78'' N, 074[deg]01'35.92'' W 
(Holland Tunnel Ventilator, Jersey City, NJ), east to position 
40[deg]43'36.08'' N, 074[deg]00'54.13'' W (Holland Tunnel Ventilator, 
Spring Street, New York, NY), and south of a line drawn from position 
40[deg]44'05.78'' N, 074[deg]01'38.48'' W (Hudson Tunnel Station Tower, 
Hoboken, NJ), east to position 40[deg]44'02.97'' N, 074[deg]00'42.48'' 
W (Charles Street Pier, New York, NY) (NAD 83).
    (b) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this section:
    (1) Designated Representative. A ``designated representative'' is 
any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer of the U.S. 
Coast Guard who has been designated by the Captain of the Port (COTP), 
Sector NY, to act on his or her behalf. The designated representative 
may be on an official patrol vessel or may be on shore and will 
communicate with vessels via VHF-FM radio or loudhailer. In addition, 
members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be present to inform vessel 
operators of this regulation.
    (2) Official Patrol Vessels. Official patrol vessels may consist of 
any Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, state, or local law enforcement 
vessels assigned or approved by the COTP Sector New York.
    (3) Spectators. All persons and vessels not registered with the 
event sponsor as participants or official patrol vessels.
    (c) Special local regulations.
    (1) In accordance with the general regulations in Sec.  100.35 of 
this part, entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the regulated 
areas is prohibited, unless authorized by the COTP or the designated 
representative.
    (2) Vessels are authorized by the COTP or the designated 
representative to enter areas of this special location regulation in 
accordance with the following restrictions:
    (i) Area ALPHA access is limited to vessels less than 20 meters 
(65.6 ft) in length.
    (ii) Area BRAVO access is limited to vessels greater than 20 meters 
(65.6 ft) in length.
    (iii) Area DELTA access is limited to vessels greater than 20 
meters (65.6 ft) in length.
    (iv) Area ECHO access is limited to vessels less than 20 meters 
(65.6 ft) in length.
    (3) All persons and vessels in the regulated areas shall comply 
with the instructions of the COTP or the designated representative.
    (4) Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel or the 
designated representative, by siren, radio, flashing light or other 
means, the operator of the vessel shall proceed as directed. Failure to 
comply with a lawful direction may result in expulsion from the area, 
citation for failure to comply, or both.
    (5) Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the 
regulated area should contact the COTP Sector NY at (718) 354-4356 
(Sector NY Command Center) or the designated representative via VHF 
channel 16 to obtain permission to do so.
    (6) Spectators or other vessels shall not anchor, block, loiter, or 
impede the transit of event participants or official patrol vessels in 
the regulated areas during the effective dates and times, or dates and 
times as modified through the Local Notice to Mariners, unless 
authorized by COTP Sector NY or designated representative.
    (7) The COTP Sector NY or designated representative may delay or 
terminate any marine event in this subpart at any time if it is deemed 
necessary to ensure the safety of life or property.
    (d) Enforcement period. This regulation will be enforced from 6 
p.m. until 11 p.m. on July 4, 2012, and if the fireworks display is 
postponed due to inclement weather, it will be enforced from 6 p.m. 
until 11 p.m. on July 5, 2012.

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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3. The authority citation for Part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 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; Pub. L. 107-
295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 
0170.1.


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4. Add Sec.  165.T01-0405 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T01-0405  Safety Zone; 2012 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, 
Hudson River, NY.

    (a) Regulated area. The following area is a temporary safety zone: 
all navigable waters of the Hudson River bounded by a line drawn east 
from position 40[deg]46'08.78'' N, 074[deg]00'54.12'' W (north east 
corner of Hanley Towers, Weehawken, NJ); to position 40[deg]45'51.55'' 
N, 074[deg]00'10.85'' W (Pier 84, Manhattan, NY); thence south along 
the Manhattan shoreline to position 40[deg]44'29.41'' N, 
074[deg]00'43.64'' W (Pier 54, Manhattan, NY); then west to position 
40[deg]44'33.25'' N, 074[deg]01'29.48'' W (Stevens Institute of Tech 
Tower, Castle Point, Hoboken, NJ); then north along the New Jersey 
shoreline and back to the point of origin. All geographic coordinates 
are North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83).
    (b) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this section:
    (1) Designated Representative. A ``designated representative'' is 
any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer of the U.S. 
Coast Guard who has been designated by the Captain of the Port (COTP), 
Sector NY, to act on his or

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her behalf. The designated representative may be on an official patrol 
vessel or may be on shore and will communicate with vessels via VHF-FM 
radio or loudhailer. In addition, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary 
may be present to inform vessel operators of this regulation.
    (2) Official Patrol Vessels. Official patrol vessels may consist of 
any Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, state, or local law enforcement 
vessels assigned or approved by the COTP Sector New York.
    (3) Spectators. All persons and vessels not registered with the 
event sponsor as participants or official patrol vessels.
    (c) Regulations.
    (1) The general regulations contained in 33 CFR 165.23 apply. In 
accordance with the general regulations in Sec.  165.23 of this part, 
entry into or movement within this zone is prohibited unless authorized 
by the COTP New York or the designated representative.
    (2) All persons and vessels in the regulated areas shall comply 
with the instructions of the COTP or the designated representative.
    (3) Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel or the 
designated representative, by siren, radio, flashing light or other 
means, the operator of the vessel shall proceed as directed. Failure to 
comply with a lawful direction may result in expulsion from the area, 
citation for failure to comply, or both.
    (4) Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the 
regulated area should contact the COTP Sector NY at (718) 354-4356 
(Sector NY Command Center) or the designated representative via VHF 
channel 16 to obtain permission to do so.
    (5) Spectators or other vessels shall not anchor, block, loiter, or 
impede the transit of event participants or official patrol vessels in 
the regulated areas during the effective dates and times, or dates and 
times as modified through the Local Notice to Mariners, unless 
authorized by COTP Sector NY or designated representative.
    (6) The COTP Sector NY or designated representative may delay or 
terminate any marine event in this subpart at any time if it is deemed 
necessary to ensure the safety of life or property.
    (d) Enforcement period. This regulation will be enforced from 6 
p.m. until 11 p.m. on July 4, 2012. If the event is cancelled due to 
inclement weather, then this regulation will be enforced from 6:00 p.m. 
until 11:00 p.m. on July 5, 2012.

    Dated: June 12, 2012.
G.P. Hitchen,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port New York.
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