New Braunfels Relaxes Contentious River Rules

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The New Braunfels City Council has relaxed a slate of new rules for tubers on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.

The council voted yesterday to allow tubers to carry up to a 16-quart cooler. That's big enough to hold 20 12-ounce cans.

The decision revises an ordinance adopted last month that limited tubers on the Comal to one six-pack-size cooler and those on the Guadalupe to a 12-pack-size cooler.

The council nixed a requirement that children under age eight wear a life jacket, instead voting to recommend life jackets for young tubers and poor swimmers.

The council voted to allow tubes up to five feet in diameter, up from a proposed limit of four feet.

The council also relaxed an ordinance that would have limited Comal floaters to only one tube per person, instead allowing them to bring a second tube.

The city has been debating ways to improve safety on the rivers but the latest rules proved divisive.