Safety Zone for Fireworks Display; Spa Creek, Annapolis, MD, 66069-66072 [2019-26094]

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AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\03DER1.SGM 03DER1 66070 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2019 / Rules and Regulations The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for certain waters of Spa Creek. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters in Annapolis, MD, during a fireworks display on December 31, 2019. This regulation prohibits persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective from 11 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 1 a.m. on January 1, 2020. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2019– 0846 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 Mr. Ron Houck, Sector MarylandNational Capital Region Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 410–576–2674, email Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Table of Abbreviations lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port MarylandNational Capital Region DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History Pyrotecnico, Inc., of New Castle, PA, notified the Coast Guard that from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 12:11 a.m. on January 1, 2020, it will be conducting a fireworks display launched from a barge in Spa Creek, approximately 600 feet southeast of Dock Street in Annapolis, MD. In response, on October 23, 2019, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled ‘‘Safety Zone for Fireworks Display; Spa Creek, Annapolis, MD’’ (84 FR 56731). There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory action related to this fireworks display. During the comment period that ended November 22, 2019, we received three comments, only one of which was germane to the rulemaking. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Dec 02, 2019 Jkt 250001 Register. Delaying the effective date of this rule would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest because immediate action is needed to respond to the potential safety hazards associated with a fireworks display in this location. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 46 U.S.C. 70034 (previously 33 U.S.C. 1231). The COTP has determined that potential hazards associated with the fireworks to be used in this December 31, 2019, display will be a safety concern for anyone within 400 feet of the fireworks barge on Spa Creek. The purpose of this rule is to ensure safety of vessels and the navigable waters in the safety zone before, during, and after the scheduled event. IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Rule As noted above, we received one substantive comments on our NPRM published October 23, 2019. The comment stated that a distance of the safety zone of 400 feet from the fireworks barge seems inadequate. The minimum safe distance from the fireworks barge used by the Coast Guard to determine the size of the safety zone is based on industry standards for outdoor aerial fireworks set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA standard for this fireworks display is 280 feet from the discharge site. At the request of the contracted fireworks company, Pyrotecnico, the Coast Guard is using 400 feet for the size of its safety zone, which is an increase of more than 40 percent above the safe distance set by the NFPA. There are no changes in the regulatory text of this rule from the proposed rule. This rule establishes a safety zone from 11:00 p.m. on December 31, 2019 to 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2020. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters within 400 feet of a fireworks barge in Spa Creek in approximate position latitude 38°58′32.48″ N, longitude 076°28′57.55″ W, located at Annapolis, MD. A ‘‘FIREWORKS— DANGER—STAY AWAY’’ sign would be posted on the port and starboard sides of the barge on-scene near the location. The duration and enforcement of the safety zone is intended to ensure the safety of vessels and these navigable waters before, during, and after the fireworks display scheduled from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 12:11 a.m. on January 1, 2020. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the safety zone without obtaining PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 permission from the COTP or a designated representative. 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, 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 the size, duration, time-ofday and time-of-year of the safety zone. This safety zone will impact vessels intending to transit Spa Creek for 2 hours during the evening when vessel traffic is normally low. The Coast Guard will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF–FM marine channel 16 about the zone. 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 received no comments from the Small Business Administration on this 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. 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 E:\FR\FM\03DER1.SGM 03DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 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 call or email 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. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES 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 call or email the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Dec 02, 2019 Jkt 250001 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 Directive 023–01, Rev. 1, associated implementing instructions, and Environmental Planning COMDTINST 5090.1 (series), which guide 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 lasting a total of 2 hours that will prohibit entry within a small designated area of Spa Creek in Annapolis, MD. It is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(a) of Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023–01–001–01, Rev. 1. 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 call or email 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 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 46 U.S.C. 70034, 70051; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 66071 2. Add § 165.T05–0846 to read as follows: ■ § 165.T05–0846 Safety Zone for Fireworks Display; Spa Creek, Annapolis, MD. (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable waters of Spa Creek within 400 feet of the fireworks barge in approximate position latitude 38°58′32.48″ N, longitude 076°28′57.55″ W, located at Annapolis, MD. All coordinates refer to datum NAD 1983. (b) Definitions. As used in this section: (1) Captain of the Port (COTP) means the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. (2) Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region to assist in enforcing any safety zone described in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) Regulations. (1) Under the general safety zone regulations in subpart C of this part, you may not enter the safety zone described in paragraph (a) of this section unless authorized by the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative. All vessels underway within this safety zone at the time it is activated are to depart the zone. (2) To seek permission to enter, contact the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative by telephone at 410–576–2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF–FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio VHF–FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). (3) Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative. (d) Enforcement officials. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. (e) Enforcement. This safety zone will be enforced during the periods described in paragraph (f) of this section. A ‘‘FIREWORKS—DANGER— STAY AWAY’’ sign will be posted on the port and starboard sides of the barge on-scene near the location described in paragraph (a) of this section. (f) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 11 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 1 a.m. on January 1, 2020. E:\FR\FM\03DER1.SGM 03DER1 66072 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Dated: November 27, 2019. Joseph B. Loring, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region. [FR Doc. 2019–26094 Filed 12–2–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 20 International Country Listing for South Sudan Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®), to incorporate minor changes. SUMMARY: Effective date: January 26, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Lassiter at 202–268–2914. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Modifications to the country price list for international mail that appears in Part D of the Mail Classification Schedule have been posted under Docket Number MC2020–27 on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at http://www.prc.gov. On May 6, 2019, the designated operator for the Republic of South Sudan sent International Bureau Circular number 76 to remind designated operators to send dispatches DATES: addressed to South Sudan using ISO country code ‘‘SS’’. The Postal Service will add South Sudan to the following sections of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM): Section 292.45a; the Index of Countries and Localities; the Country Price Groups and Weight Limits; and the Individual Country Listings. The Postal Service hereby adopts the following changes to the IMM, which are incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 20.1. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20 Foreign relations, International postal services. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 20 is amended as follows: Conditions for Mailing * * * * * 213 Prices and Postage Payment Methods * * * * * 213.5 Destinating Countries and Price Groups * * * * * Exhibit 213.5 Destinating Countries and Price Groups [Add a new entry for South Sudan to read as follows] Country name GXG price group South Sudan, Republic of. No Service. PART 20—[AMENDED] * * 1. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2019-0846]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone for Fireworks Display; Spa Creek, Annapolis, MD

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for 
certain waters of Spa Creek. This action is necessary to provide for 
the safety of life on these navigable waters in Annapolis, MD, during a 
fireworks display on December 31, 2019. This regulation prohibits 
persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by 
the Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region or a 
designated representative.

DATES: This rule is effective from 11 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 1 
a.m. on January 1, 2020.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-
2019-0846 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 Mr. Ron Houck, Sector Maryland-National Capital Region 
Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 410-576-
2674, email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    Pyrotecnico, Inc., of New Castle, PA, notified the Coast Guard that 
from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 12:11 a.m. on January 1, 2020, 
it will be conducting a fireworks display launched from a barge in Spa 
Creek, approximately 600 feet southeast of Dock Street in Annapolis, 
MD. In response, on October 23, 2019, the Coast Guard published a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled ``Safety Zone for Fireworks 
Display; Spa Creek, Annapolis, MD'' (84 FR 56731). There we stated why 
we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory 
action related to this fireworks display. During the comment period 
that ended November 22, 2019, we received three comments, only one of 
which was germane to the rulemaking.
    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 the effective date of 
this rule would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest 
because immediate action is needed to respond to the potential safety 
hazards associated with a fireworks display in this location.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 46 U.S.C. 
70034 (previously 33 U.S.C. 1231). The COTP has determined that 
potential hazards associated with the fireworks to be used in this 
December 31, 2019, display will be a safety concern for anyone within 
400 feet of the fireworks barge on Spa Creek. The purpose of this rule 
is to ensure safety of vessels and the navigable waters in the safety 
zone before, during, and after the scheduled event.

IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Rule

    As noted above, we received one substantive comments on our NPRM 
published October 23, 2019. The comment stated that a distance of the 
safety zone of 400 feet from the fireworks barge seems inadequate.
    The minimum safe distance from the fireworks barge used by the 
Coast Guard to determine the size of the safety zone is based on 
industry standards for outdoor aerial fireworks set by the National 
Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA standard for this 
fireworks display is 280 feet from the discharge site. At the request 
of the contracted fireworks company, Pyrotecnico, the Coast Guard is 
using 400 feet for the size of its safety zone, which is an increase of 
more than 40 percent above the safe distance set by the NFPA.
    There are no changes in the regulatory text of this rule from the 
proposed rule.
    This rule establishes a safety zone from 11:00 p.m. on December 31, 
2019 to 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2020. The safety zone will cover all 
navigable waters within 400 feet of a fireworks barge in Spa Creek in 
approximate position latitude 38[deg]58'32.48'' N, longitude 
076[deg]28'57.55'' W, located at Annapolis, MD. A ``FIREWORKS--DANGER--
STAY AWAY'' sign would be posted on the port and starboard sides of the 
barge on-scene near the location. The duration and enforcement of the 
safety zone is intended to ensure the safety of vessels and these 
navigable waters before, during, and after the fireworks display 
scheduled from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 12:11 a.m. on 
January 1, 2020. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the 
safety zone without obtaining permission from the COTP or a designated 
representative.

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, 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 the size, 
duration, time-of-day and time-of-year of the safety zone. This safety 
zone will impact vessels intending to transit Spa Creek for 2 hours 
during the evening when vessel traffic is normally low. The Coast Guard 
will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16 
about the zone.

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 received no comments from the Small Business 
Administration on this 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.
    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

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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 
call or email 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 call or email the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section.

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 
Directive 023-01, Rev. 1, associated implementing instructions, and 
Environmental Planning COMDTINST 5090.1 (series), which guide 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 lasting a total of 2 hours that will prohibit entry within 
a small designated area of Spa Creek in Annapolis, MD. It is 
categorically excluded from further review under paragraph L60(a) of 
Appendix A, Table 1 of DHS Instruction Manual 023-01-001-01, Rev. 1. 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 call or email 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:  46 U.S.C. 70034, 70051; 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.T05-0846 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T05-0846  Safety Zone for Fireworks Display; Spa Creek, 
Annapolis, MD.

    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable 
waters of Spa Creek within 400 feet of the fireworks barge in 
approximate position latitude 38[deg]58'32.48'' N, longitude 
076[deg]28'57.55'' W, located at Annapolis, MD. All coordinates refer 
to datum NAD 1983.
    (b) Definitions. As used in this section:
    (1) Captain of the Port (COTP) means the Commander, U.S. Coast 
Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region.
    (2) Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, 
warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the 
Port Maryland-National Capital Region to assist in enforcing any safety 
zone described in paragraph (a) of this section.
    (c) Regulations. (1) Under the general safety zone regulations in 
subpart C of this part, you may not enter the safety zone described in 
paragraph (a) of this section unless authorized by the COTP or the 
COTP's designated representative. All vessels underway within this 
safety zone at the time it is activated are to depart the zone.
    (2) To seek permission to enter, contact the COTP or the COTP's 
designated representative by telephone at 410-576-2693 or on Marine 
Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). The Coast Guard vessels 
enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM 
channel 16 (156.8 MHz).
    (3) Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or 
directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP's designated 
representative.
    (d) Enforcement officials. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in 
the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and 
local agencies.
    (e) Enforcement. This safety zone will be enforced during the 
periods described in paragraph (f) of this section. A ``FIREWORKS--
DANGER--STAY AWAY'' sign will be posted on the port and starboard sides 
of the barge on-scene near the location described in paragraph (a) of 
this section.
    (f) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 11 p.m. 
on December 31, 2019, to 1 a.m. on January 1, 2020.


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    Dated: November 27, 2019.
Joseph B. Loring,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Maryland-National 
Capital Region.
[FR Doc. 2019-26094 Filed 12-2-19; 8:45 am]
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