NB Council accepts river recommendations

New rules, fees go into effect next year

Author: Tim Gerber , Reporter, tgerber@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 12 2011 09:13:58 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2011 02:24:27 AM CST

The New Braunfels city council voted unanimously Monday night to accept the recommendations of a river committee that has been working to find solutions to several problems related to tubing on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.

The accepted recommendations include a $5 fee for tubers accessing the rivers from city owned property and a slight increase in the river management fee collected by river outfitters. That fee will go from $1.25 to $1.50.

Other recommendations include creating a season pass for New Braunfels residents not to exceed $20 dollars.

Amplified music devices will also be limited in size and could be banned on weekends. The city will also consider creating a centralized parking location to improve traffic flow and safety.

The council will now spend the next couple of months crafting new ordinances to help implement the recommendations which should be in place for the start of tubing season next April.

The city will also will develop a marketing campaign to inform tourists of the new changes before the tubing season gets under way.