Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay), Ocean City, MD
The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the regulations that govern the operation of the U.S. 50 Bridge across the Isle of Wight Bay (Sinepuxent Bay), at mile 0.5, in Ocean City, MD. This closure is necessary to facilitate extensive rehabilitation and to maintain the bridge's operational integrity. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so at all times.
Lower Mississippi River Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
The Coast Guard extends the deadline for applications for membership in the Lower Mississippi River Safety Advisory Committee. This Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to navigation safety on the Lower Mississippi River.
Drawbridge Operating Regulation; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Algiers Alternate Route), Belle Chasse, LA; Correction
The Coast Guard published in the Federal Register of December 12, 2007, a final rule concerning changes to the operation for the State Route 23 vertical lift bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Algiers Alternate Route), mile 3.8, at Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The document was inadvertently published under the same docket number as a previously published document. This document establishes the assignment of a new docket number for publication of the final rule.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), Sunset Beach, NC
The Coast Guard is changing the drawbridge operating regulations that govern the S.R. 1172 Bridge, at AIWW mile 337.9, Sunset Beach, NC. This final rule will allow the bridge to open on the hour on signal for pleasure vessels from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. year round. The reason for this change would be to improve the schedule for both roadway and waterway users.
Area Maritime Security Committee, South Texas; Vacancies
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership in the Area Maritime Security Committee, South Texas. The Committee assists the Captain of the Port, Corpus Christi, in developing, renewing, and updating the Area Maritime Security plan for their area of responsibility.
Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee
The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) and its working groups will meet in Galveston, Texas to discuss waterway improvements, aids to navigation, area projects impacting safety on the Houston Ship Channel, and various other navigation safety matters in the Galveston Bay area. All meetings will be open to the public.
Security Zone; Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, Washington, DC and Arlington and Fairfax Counties, VA
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone, encompassing certain waters of the Potomac River and Anacostia River, for the 2008 State of the Union Address. This action is necessary to safeguard the public and high-ranking public officials from terrorist acts or incidents. This rule prohibits vessels and people from entering the security zone and requires vessels and persons in the security zone to depart the security zone, unless specifically exempt under the provisions in this rule or granted specific permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore.