DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Application Filed
Wednesday, April 8, 1992
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Pinellas County Industry Council (PCIC) (a Florida public
corporation), requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-
trade zone in Pinellas County, Florida, within the St. Petersburg 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 March 30, 1992.
The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under section 288.36,
Florida Statutes Annotated (1987).
The proposed foreign-trade zone would consist of 2 sites in the St.
Petersburg-Clearwater area. Site 1 is the St. Petersburg-Clearwater
International Airport complex (1,900 acres) in Pinellas County between the
Cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, some 15 miles west of Tampa. Zone
activity is expected to take place within the airport area designated for
office/warehousing and light manufacturing (350 acres). A warehouse
facility within the Airport Business Center would be available for initial
zone use. Site 2 involves the Port of St. Petersburg (3 acres) in St.
Pertersburg on Tampa Bay. Site 1 is owned by Pinellas County and operated
by the county's aviation department. Site 2 is owned and operated by the
City of St. Petersburg. PCIC will operate the zone.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the St.
Petersburg-Clearwater area. Several firms have indicated an interest in
using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of such items as
personal computers, marine electronic equipment, fitness and health
equipment, aircraft tools and underwater coatings. Specific manufacturing
approvals are not being sought at this time. Requests would be made to the
Board on a case-by-case basis.
In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10- 8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated examiner to
investigate the application and report to the Board.
Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is June 8, 1992. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to June 22, 1992).
While no public hearing has been scheduled for the FTZ Board, consideration
will be given to such a hearing during the review.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at the following locations.
U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office,
128 North Osceola Avenue,
Clearwater, Florida 34615.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: April 1, 1992.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
(FR Doc. 92-8081 Filed 4-7-92; 8:45 am)