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Tubing in New Braunfels this summer? Don’t bring your canned beers; ‘can ban’ is back

Cut out the cans, Austinites.

Dozens of people floating the river within New Braunfels city limits this summer have already found out what happens if they violate a newly reinstated ban on disposable containers like cans and plastic water bottles, as well as on large coolers.

Memorial Day weekend, the first major holiday weekend this summer that saw the return of the so-called ‘can ban,’ proved to be a doozy: Almost 80 citations were given to those disobeying the city ordinance, according to KXAN

Some of those violators might not have been aware the ban on cans was back. For the past three years, following a district judge’s ruling that such a ban was unconstitutional, river floaters could take what they pleased with them. Then, last year, the Texas Third Court of Appeals overrode that ruling, paving the way for New Braunfels to establish it anew.

The tourist town initially decided not to allow disposable containers on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers a few years ago as a way to cut down on the trash that ends up floating alongside the tubes. Tubing companies like Texas Tubes, which reportedly lost about 50 percent of its business when the ban was enforced, subsequently sued.

New Braunfels prohibits tubers from bringing one-use containers with them on the Comal and the section of the Guadalupe River that falls within the city limits. That means items like cans, chip bags, ziploc bags, disposable water bottles and Styrofoam coolers are all out, but that’s not to say you can’t bring alcohol — because you absolutely can. You just have to get creative with how you transport it.

Tubing in Texas watering holes where there isn’t such a ban, such as the San Marcos River, is also an option. 

Getting a ticket for not following the ordinance could cost as much as $500, according to the KXAN story.

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