Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg, FL has requested temporary modifications to the operating schedules of seven bridges in St. Petersburg and Tampa, FL. Unrestricted vehicle access on these bridges during peak traffic periods is necessary to ensure the security and safety of delegates and officials at the RNC. Bridge openings during the listed times could disrupt or endanger the safe transit of officials and delegates between their hotels and the site of the RNC. Numerous Federal, State, and local agencies, including U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force have developed comprehensive security plans to protect participants and the public during the RNC. As part of the comprehensive effort, these bridge deviations are necessary for the security and safety of delegates, officials, and participants for the 2012 Republican National Convention.
The seven bridges affected by this temporary deviation are: the Walsingham Road/Indian Rocks Beach (CR 688) Bridge; the Park Boulevard (CR 694) Bridge; the Welch/Tom Stuart Causeway/150th Avenue Bridge; the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge; the Corey Causeway/Pasadena Avenue Bridge; the Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” (SR 679) Bridge; and Johns Pass Bridge across Johns Pass, Madeira Beach, Florida.
These deviations will result in these seven bridges remaining in the closed position at certain times during the RNC from August 26, 2012, through August 30, 2012. The temporary deviations will close these bridges during the following periods: from 3:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. on August 26, 2012; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on August 27, 2012; 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on August 28, 2012; 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on August 29, 2012; and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on August 30, 2012. Tugs and tugs with tows are not exempt from this deviation.
The details and regular operating schedule for each bridge are set forth below.
Any vessel requiring emergency opening of any of these seven bridges should make a request to the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg by telephone at (727) 824-7524.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), these drawbridges must return to their regular operating schedules immediately at the end of the designated time period. These deviations from the operating regulations are authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.