Special Local Regulations: Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix; Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota, FL
The Coast Guard proposes to amend the permanent special local regulations for the Suncoast Offshore Challenge and the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota, Florida. By existing permanent special local regulations, these two race events have nearly identical course and time characteristics, however one event is held annually on the first Saturday of July and the other event is held annually on the first Sunday of July. The sponsor has decided to combine the events into a single day, reduced the length of the racecourse, and modified the times of the event which would take place annually on the first Sunday of July between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). These amended regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life for the participating vessels, spectators, and mariners on the navigable waters of the United States during the event.
Special Local Regulations; National Maritime Week Tugboat Races, Seattle, WA
The Coast Guard is permanently amending the special local regulation governing general navigation and anchorage in the vicinity of the Annual National Maritime Week Tugboat Races, Seattle, Washington. Changes made to this regulation will clarify its annual enforcement date. This change is intended to better inform the boating public and to improve the level of safety at this event. Entry into the area established is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port.
Security Zone; Georgetown Channel, Potomac River, Washington, DC
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary security zone on the waters of the upper Potomac River. This action is necessary to provide for the security of a large number of visitors to the annual July 4th celebration on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The security zone will allow for control of a designated area of the river and safeguard spectators and high-ranking officials.
Update of Implementation of Sector Detroit, Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Sector Buffalo, and Sector Lake Michigan
The Coast Guard previously announced the stand-up of Sector Detroit, Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Sector Buffalo, and Sector Lake Michigan under this docket. This notice provides an update to the process of establishing Sectors in the Ninth Coast Guard District. The date on which all boundaries of areas of responsibility will shift has changed from August 12, 2005 to July 29, 2005 to coincide with the stand-up of the last Sector, Sector Lake Michigan. The Commanding Officer of each Sector will have the authority, responsibility and missions of its corresponding Group, Captain of the Port (COTP) and Marine Safety Offices. The Coast Guard has established a continuity of operations whereby all previous practices and procedures will remain in effect until superseded by an authorized Coast Guard official or document.
Security Zones; Charleston Harbor, Cooper River, SC
The Coast Guard proposes a permanent fixed security zone in the waters from the Don Holt, I-526 Bridge, on the Cooper River to the entrance of Foster Creek on the Cooper River, South Carolina. This security zone is necessary to protect the public and port from potential subversive acts during port embarkation operations. During enforcement of the security zone vessels would be prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring, mooring, or loitering within this zone, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port, Charleston, South Carolina, or the Captain of the Port's designated representative.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget (OMB): 1625-0067 and 1625-0068
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this request for comments announces that the Coast Guard has forwarded two Information Collection Requests (ICRs)(1) 1625-0067, Claims Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and (2) 1625-0068, State Access to The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund For Removal Costs Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990abstracted below, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Review and comment by OIRA ensures that we impose only paperwork burdens commensurate with our performance of duties.