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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 14-89] 
                                  54 FR 37495 
                               September 11, 1989 
   Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Palmetto, FL; Application and Public Hearing
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Manatee County Port Authority (MCPA), requesting 
authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone at Port 
Manatee in Palmetto, Florida, within the Port Manatee Customs port of 
entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations
of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on August 31, 1989. 
The applicant is authorized to make this proposal under @ 288.36, Florida 
Statutes Annotated (1987).  
   The application requests zone status for the 837-acre Port Manatee 
complex operated by MCPA at the east entrance of Tampa Bay on the West 
Coast of Florida. The site is located west of U.S. Highway 41, adjacent to 
Piney Point Road, in northwest Manatee County. The Port owns approximately 
775 acres and leases an additional 62 acres from the State of Florida. 
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services at Port 
Manatee. Initially, 12,500 square feet of warehouse space within an 
existing 112,500 square foot warehouse would be activated. Several firms 
have indicated an interest in using zone procedures for the storage and 
warehousing of vehicles and vehicle parts, lumber and lumber products, as 
well as production involving glass, fish, and rubber life raft products. 
Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this time, 
however, such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Howard Cooperman, 
Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Southeast 
Region, 909 SE. First Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131-2595; and Colonel Bruce 
A. Malson, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Jacksonville, 
P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, Florida 32232-0019. 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public 
hearing on October 18, 1989, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Manatee County 
Administration Center, Manatee County Commission Chambers, 1st Floor, 1112 
Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34206. 
   Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. 
Persons wishing to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary in 
writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by October 11, 
1989. Instead of an oral presentation, written statements may be submitted 
in accordance with the Board's regulations to the examiners committee, care 
of the Executive Secretary, at any time from the date of this notice 
through November 20, 1989.  
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Manatee County Port Authority, 
Port Manatee, Route #1/Tampa Bay, 
Palmetto, Florida 34221 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2835, 
Washington, DC 20230  
   Dated: September 5, 1989. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 89-21303 Filed 9-8-89; 8:45 am]