Summer Tubing Season Down in New Braunfels

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in New Braunfels was down 65 percent in the first three months of this summer compared to last year.

The city says river outfitters reported that nearly 58,000 fewer people rented equipment or used their shuttle buses from April to June.

Outfitters have paid more than $72,000 less in tubing taxes this year. The tube tax charges outfitters $1.25 for each water recreation equipment rental or shuttle ride.

Outfitters say rainy weather and new city ordinances contributed to the decline in tubing.

New Braunfels has dealt with frequent heavy rains, recording 28 inches of rain since April.

The City Council voted in February to limit cooler sizes on the rivers and restrict open containers from some riverside parks.