Texas Tubes and Booze

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - A judge has ruled that tourism businesses and others can sue a Texas city over its ban of ban beer cans and other disposable containers on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.

The ban took effect this year after the New Braunfels City Council approved it last summer. Supporters said it was needed to protect the rivers from trash.

Drinking beer while floating on tubes through New Braunfels is a tradition for hundreds of thousands of vacationers each summer. But turnout is down this year, and businesses are seeking an injunction to stop the rule's enforcement.

They say many people don't realize that beer and liquor are still allowed if poured into reusable containers.

New Braunfels said it would appeal the recent decision while the ban remains in effect.

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