New Braunfels Bans Beer Cans on River

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    The City Council in the popular summer destination of New Braunfels has voted to ban disposable food and drink containers on rivers.

    The Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels reports that the City Council voted 5-1 in favor of the ban Monday night.

    Supporters concede the proposed ban on disposable food and drink containers may cause a dip in tourism. However, they say it will make the waterways cleaner and more family-friendly. Critics counter it's an indirect way to curb drinking and tubing -- a time-honored tradition of floating along with a beer or another adult beverage.

    New Braunfels, population 59,000, is located on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers just northeast of San Antonio. Both provide drinking water but also brim with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of tubers.