[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 23 (Monday, February 4, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 7663-7665]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02309]



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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 100

[Docket Number USCG-2012-1079]
RIN 1625-AA08


SLR; 2013 International Rolex Regatta; St. Thomas Harbor; St. 
Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulations on 
the waters of St. Thomas Harbor in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands 
during the 2013 International Rolex Regatta, a series of sail boat 
races. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 22, 2013 
through Sunday, March 24, 2013. Approximately 65 sail boats will be 
participating in the races. It is anticipated that approximately 20 
spectator vessels will be present during the races. These special local 
regulations are necessary for the safety of race participants, 
participant vessels, spectators, and the general public on the 
navigable waters of the United States during the event. The special 
local regulation establishes a race area, where all persons and 
vessels, except those persons and vessels participating in the sail 
boat races, are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring 
in, or remaining within unless authorized by the Captain of the Port 
San Juan or a designated representative.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast 
Guard on or before February 13, 2013.
    Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on 
or before February 13, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using 
any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
    (3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. 
Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Deliveries 
accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions 
on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of 
these three methods.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email CWO Anthony Cassisa, Sector San Juan Prevention 
Department, Coast Guard; telephone (787) 289-2073, email 
Anthony.J.Cassisa@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

A. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided.

1. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which 
each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but 
please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online, it 
will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully 
transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, 
it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when 
it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you 
include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a 
telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact 
you if we have questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number USCG-2012-1079 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH.'' Click on ``Submit a Comment'' on the line associated with 
this rulemaking.
    If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them 
in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and 
material received during the comment period and may change the rule 
based on your comments.

2. Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number USCG-2012-1079 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.

3. Privacy Act

    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice 
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the 
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

4. Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one, using one of the methods specified under ADDRESSES. 
Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If 
we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a 
time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

B. Regulatory History and Information

    The current regulations under 33 CFR part 100 address safety for 
reoccurring marine events. This marine event does not appear in the 
current regulations; however, as it is a regulation to provide 
effective control over regattas and marine parades on the navigable 
waters of the United States so as to insure safety of life in the 
regatta or marine parade area this marine event needs to be temporarily 
added.

C. Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis for the rule is the Coast Guard's authority to 
establish special local regulations: 33 U.S.C. 1233. The purpose of the 
rule is to

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ensure safety of life on navigable waters of the United States during 
the 2013 International Rolex Regatta.

D. Discussion of Proposed Rule

    On March 22, 2013 through March 24, 2013, the St. Thomas Yacht Club 
is sponsoring the 2013 Rolex Regatta, a series of sail boat races. The 
races will be held on the waters of St. Thomas Harbor, St. Thomas, U. 
S. Virgin Islands. Approximately 65 sail boats will be participating in 
the races. It is anticipated that approximately 20 spectator vessels 
will be present during the races.
    The special local regulations encompass certain waters surrounding 
on St. Thomas Harbor, St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands. The special 
local regulations will be enforced from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 
every day from March 22, 2013 through March 24, 2013. The special local 
regulation consists of the a race area, where all persons and vessels, 
except those persons and vessels participating in the sail boat races, 
are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or 
remaining within unless authorized by the Captain of the Port San Juan 
or a designated representative. Persons and vessels may request 
authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within 
the race area by contacting the Captain of the Port San Juan by 
telephone at (787) 289-2041, or a designated representative via VHF 
radio on channel 16. If authorization to enter, transit through, anchor 
in, or remain within the race area is granted by the Captain of the 
Port San Juan or a designated representative, all persons and vessels 
receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the 
Captain of the Port San Juan or a designated representative. The Coast 
Guard will provide notice of the special local regulations by Local 
Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and on-scene 
designated representatives.

E. Regulatory Analyses

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

1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This proposed 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.
    The economic impact of this rule is not significant for the 
following reasons: (1) The special local regulation will be enforced 
for only three hours a day for three days, for a total of nine hours; 
(2) although persons and vessels will not be able to enter, transit 
through, anchor in, or remain within the race area without 
authorization from the Captain of the Port San Juan or a designated 
representative, they may operate in the surrounding area during the 
enforcement period; (3) persons and vessels may still enter, transit 
through, anchor in, or remain within the race area during the 
enforcement period if authorized by the Captain of the Port San Juan 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.

2. Impact on Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered the impact of this proposed rule on small entities. The 
Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this proposed 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 owners or operators of vessels intending to enter, 
transit through, anchor in, or remain within that portion of St. Thomas 
Harbor encompassed within the special local regulations from 11:00 a.m. 
until 2:00 p.m. on March 22, 2013 through March 24, 2013. 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.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.

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 proposed 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. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this proposed rule or any 
policy or action of the Coast Guard.

4. Collection of Information

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

8. Taking of Private Property

    This proposed rule would 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.

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9. Civil Justice Reform

    This proposed 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 From Environmental Health Risks

    We have analyzed this proposed rule under Executive Order 13045, 
Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety 
Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not 
create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 
disproportionately affect children.

11. Indian Tribal Governments

    This proposed rule does not have tribal implications under 
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments, because it would 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 proposed rule 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 proposed rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we 
did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

14. Environment

    We have analyzed this proposed 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 
made a preliminary determination 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 proposed rule involves a special 
local regulation issued in conjunction with a regatta or marine parade, 
paragraph 34(h) of Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. We seek 
any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a 
significant environmental impact from this proposed 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

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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 a temporary Sec.  100.35T07-1079 to read as follows:


Sec.  100.35T07-1079  Special Local Regulations; 2013 International 
Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas Harbor; St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands.

    (a) Regulated Areas. The following regulated area is established as 
a special local regulation. All coordinates are North American Datum 
1983.
    (1) Race Area. All waters of Rada Fajardo encompassed within an 
imaginary line connecting the following points: starting at Point 1 in 
position 18[deg]19.927N, 64[deg]55.973W; thence east to Point 2 in 
position 18[deg]19.970N, 64[deg]55.769W; thence southeast to Point 3 in 
position 18[deg]19.567N, 64[deg]55.594W; thence south to point 4 in 
position 18[deg]19.133N, 64[deg]55.474W; thence west to point 5 in 
position 18[deg]19.133N, 64[deg]55.628W; thence north to point 6 in 
position 18[deg]19.568N, 64[deg]55.752W; thence northwest back to 
origin. All persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels 
participating in the sail boat race, are prohibited from entering, 
transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the race area.
    (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 San Juan 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 
race area, unless participating in the race.
    (1) All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, 
transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the race area, 
unless participating in the race.
    (2) 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 San Juan by telephone at (787) 289-2041, or a 
designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16. If authorization 
is granted by the Captain of the Port San Juan or a designated 
representative, all persons and vessels receiving such authorization 
must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port San Juan 
or a designated representative.
    (3) 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) Enforcement Date. This rule will be enforced from 11:00 a.m. 
until 2:00 p.m. from Friday, March 22, 2013 through Sunday, March 24, 
2013.

    Dated: January 14, 2013.
D.W. Pearson,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port San Juan.
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