New Braunfels council amends law for 'can ban'

Tubers allowed transport open containers to get to river


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The New Braunfels City Council amended a law to accommodate the new "can ban," which was approved by voters earlier this month.

Under the new ban, all disposable containers are no longer allowed on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. Tubers can still bring alcohol but it has to be in a non-disposable container like a thermos.

That means tubers using city parks to access the rivers would have been in violation of another law banning alcohol and open containers in certain city parks. On Monday evening, the council amended that law to allow tubers to transport open containers through city parks to get on the rivers.

"We're not adding a restriction or creating a prohibition, on the contrary we actually relaxing it to allow transport from one point to another," said Valeria Acevedo, New Braunfels City Attorney.

The council voted unanimously to make the necessary changes. While river-goers can now transport open containers through city parks, it is still against the law to consume alcohol in the parks. The "can ban" goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.


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