[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 156 (Monday, August 15, 2022)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 49991-49993]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-17478]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2022-0015]
RIN 1625-AA09

Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Grand Canal, Indian Harbour 
Beach, FL

AGENCY: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule that 
governs the Lansing Island Bridge across Grand Canal, mile 0.7 at 
Indian Harbour Beach, FL. A request was made to the Coast Guard to 
allow the drawbridge to remain closed to navigation and untended during 
the overnight hours due to a lack of requested openings.

DATES: This rule is effective September 14, 2022.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov. Type the 
docket number USCG-2022-0015 in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH''. In the Document Type column, select ``Supporting & Related 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Ms. Jennifer Zercher, Bridge Management Specialist, 
Seventh Coast Guard District, telephone 305-415-6740, email 
[email protected].


I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
OMB Office of Management and Budget
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Advance, Supplemental)
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code
FL Florida

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    On February 1, 2022, the Coast Guard published a Test Deviation, 
with a request for comments, entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulation; 
Grand Canal, Indian Harbour Beach, FL in the Federal Register (87 FR 
5401), to test this operating schedule for the Lansing Island Bridge. 
Zero comments were received during the test period.
    On June 2, 2022, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking entitled Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Grand Canal, 
Indian Harbour Beach, FL, in the Federal Register (87 FR 33460). There 
we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed 
regulatory action related to this regulatory change. During the comment 
period that ended July 5, 2022, we received zero comments.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499.
    The Lansing Island Bridge across Grand Canal, mile 0.7, at Indian 
Harbour Beach, FL, is a single-leaf bascule bridge with a 16-foot 
vertical clearance at mean high water in the closed position. The 
normal operating schedule for the bridge is set forth in 33 CFR 
117.285(a). Navigation on the waterway consists mainly of recreational 

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    The bridge owner, Lansing Island Homeowners Association, Inc. 
requested the Coast Guard consider allowing the drawbridge to remain 
closed to navigation and untended during the overnight hours due to a 
lack of requested openings. We requested a copy of the bridge logs from 
January 1, 2021, through November 30, 2021. After reviewing the logs, 
the Coast Guard found the drawbridge provided three openings between 
the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two channels provide alternate access 
to Grand Canal. Vessels that can pass beneath the bridge without an 
opening may do so at any time.

IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule

    The Coast Guard provided two comment periods totaling 90 days and 
received zero comments.

V. 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 Executive Orders.

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. This rule has not been designated a ``significant 
regulatory action,'' under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, it has 
not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
    This regulatory action determination is based on the ability that 
vessels capable of transiting under the bridge, without an opening, may 
do so at any time and alternate routes for vessels to transit Grand 
Canal are available.

B. 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 received zero comments from the Small Business 
Administration on this rule. 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.
    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the 
bridge 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 
    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 calls for no new collection of information under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Government

    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 
    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.

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 will 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 
Management Directive 023-01, Rev.1, associated implementing 
instructions, and Environmental Planning Policy COMDTINST 5090.1 
(series) which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f). The 
Coast Guard has 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 promulgates the operating 
regulations or procedures for drawbridges and is categorically excluded 
from further review, under paragraph L49, of Chapter 3, Table 3-1 of 
the U.S. Coast Guard Environmental Planning Implementation Procedures.
    Neither a Record of Environmental Consideration nor a Memorandum 
for the Record are required for this rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117


    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 117 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; and Department of 
Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

2. Amend Sec.  117.285 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

Sec.  117.285  Grand Canal.

    (a) The draw of the Lansing Island Bridge, mile 0.7, at Indian 
Harbour Beach, shall open on signal, except that from 10 p.m. to 6 
a.m., daily, the draw need not open for the passage of vessels and will 
be untended.
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    Dated: August 1, 2022.
Brendan C. McPherson,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander Coast Guard Seventh District.
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