New Braunfels Considers River Beer Ban

Few could ruin fun for many

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 10:28 PM CDT
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New Braunfels Considers River Beer Ban

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by Bruce Felps

Inner tubing down the Guadalupe or Comal river near New Braunfels without a beer would be considered blasphemy in some circles.

It might become reality after tonight’s New Braunfels City Council meeting.

According to an Associated Press article out Monday, the council might vote to enact an anti-littering ordinance that would keep aluminum and plastic containers off the rivers because a relatively small group of idiots toss their empties accounting for “tons of cans and bottles” accumulated weekly along riverbanks.

Somebody’s going to pick up that crap -- state and federal laws require the city to keep the rivers clean because they supply drinking water and natural habitats -- and those somebodies are going to get paid to do it.

So how hard would it be, litter-idiots, to take along some sort of bag or an inner tube-like float with a bottom to hold the empties until you reach the end of your trip? Don’t screw it up for the rest of us.

Littering sucks and litterers blow.

UPDATE: On Monday night, the New Braunfels City Council passed the measure banning disposable food and drink containers on rivers. The council voted 5-1 in favor of the ban.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He has fond memories of nearly drowning in the Guadalupe River while trying to keep a beer above the water and swimming with one hand.
 

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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