Tuesday, October 18

Drinking on the Comal for the Wall Street Journal

Playing a little posting catch up from the end of the summer.

The city of New Braunfels passed an ordinance that will ban disposable containers such as beer cans on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers within the city limits. More than 10,000 visitors a weekend come to float on the water or cookout in local parks. The costs of clean-up amount to $155,000 annually, but local business owners claim the influx of money from visitors to the area more than makes up for the litter problem.

The ordinance doesn't take effect until 2012, but this Labor Day Weekend saw a marked decrease in traffic on the rivers and with local businesses. Opponents are gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot in November. Their motto, Can the Ban. You can read the story here.

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