The city of New Braunfels has continued its crusade to crack down on rowdy river revellers by passing several new ordinances, including on that bans big coolers.
The restriction on the size of coolers generated the most discussion, with council members promising to study the exact size that will be allowed before the second vote. As it reads, the ordinance would allow each tuber one small cooler, big enough to fit six 12-ounce drinks, but some council members were concerned that is too small.
Councilman Pat Wiggins said the River Activities Committee spent a lot of time and effort generating its recommendations.
"I think we owe them a chance to let them try it for a season," he said.
Much of the debate on the cooler size rule focused on the details.
"It's not enough room to take what you have to take," said resident Amber Heitkamp. "It's 105 degrees out there. You need a lot of liquid."
Others pointed out that besides cans, people also put sunscreen, glasses, ice, food, cigarettes, medicine, ice and other items in their coolers, further restricting how many cans they can fit inside. And water bottles, being longer and skinnier, would not fit in the little coolers easily.
Also, many tubers start their Guadalupe River trips outside the city limits and then float into the city. It was not clear what would need to do with a large cooler when they reach the city limits at Gruene.
On a side note:
Also Monday night, the council moved to make it easier for tourists to get around town, directing staff to come up with options for funding a "Way Finding Program."
The proposal has an estimated cost of $660,000 for about 200 new blue and white signs directing people around New Braunfels to various attractions and city facilities.
"It's a great study, beautiful work, but how to we pay for it?" asked Councilman Ken Valentine, who noted people wait years to get their streets fixed.
But resident Travis Wuest said the program is "a necessary tool to continue to drive the tourism industry."
UPDATE: San Antonio Street does indeed go into the historic part of town (it's a straight shot there from the Schlitterbahn), but it's not Business 35. Thanks to article author Roger Croteau for the correction, as noted in the comments.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 24, 2007 to The great state of Texas