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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 24-83] 
                                  48 FR 36301 
                                August 10, 1983 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Starr County, Texas, Adjacent to the Rio 
Grande City and Roma Customs Ports of Entry; Application and Public Hearing  
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Starr County Industrial Foundation (SCIF), a Texas 
non-profit development corporation, requesting authority to establish a 
general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Starr County, Texas, adjacent to the 
Rio Grande City and Roma Customs ports 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 July 25, 1983. The applicant is authorized 
to make this proposal under Article 1446.12, Vernon's Annotated Civil 
Statutes of Texas. 
   The proposed zone covers 42 acres on three separate sites. Site 1, 
located on U.S. Highway 83 east of Roma in Starr County, has 8.6 acres of 
space available for firms needing separate zone facilities. Site 2 covers 
3 acres at 1401 North U.S. Highway 83 in Roma. An existing 20,000 square 
foot warehouse is available at this site for initial zone activity. Site 
3 is a standby area for future zone development covering 30 acres within 
the 45-acre Santa Cruz Industrial Park off U.S. Highway 83 in Starr 
County. SCIF will be the operator of the project.  
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the 
Rio Grande City -- Roma area. Prospective uses of the zone include 
warehousing/ distribution of machinery and equipment, and liquor. No 
approval is being requested for manufacturing at this time. 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, D.C. 20230; Donald Gough, 
Director, Inspection and Control, U.S. Customs Service, Southwest Region, 
500 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002; and Colonel Alan L. Laubscher, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Galveston, P.O. Box 1229, 
Galveston, TX 77553.  
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a 
public hearing on September 8, 1983, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the 
Zaragoza Room of the La Posada Hotol, 1000 Zaragoza, Laredo. 
   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 September 1. 
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 October 8, 1983.  
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Port Building, 
P.O. Box 518, 
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230  
   Dated: August 4, 1983 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary 
[FR Doc. 83-21778 Filed 8-9-83; 8:45 am] 
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