$5 Fee to Float the River in New Braunfels?

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  • LEEROY JENKINS

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    Saw similar things happen in Galveston. Fees to park on the beach. Now, fees to park on Seawall. Looks like New Braunfels stole Galveston's playbook. :(


    New Braunfels considers $5 river tubing fee - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Officials of a picturesque Hill Country town are considering charging out-of-state visitors to use its popular
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    , spring-fed rivers for floating on inner tubes.

    The Comal River has drawn inner-tube enthusiasts to New Braunfels for years. Now, the New Braunfels City Council is considering levying a $5 fee
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    on out-of-town visitors to float at the city's Hinman Island Park and Prince Solms Park on summer weekends and holidays.

    Mayor Gale Pospisil says the city needs the revenue to maintain the cleanliness of the river and defray the cost of emergency crews serving the floating crowds.
    The proposal could go before the council for a final vote late this month or next month.



     

    robertc1024

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    Meh - I'll hit a golf ball or two at you from Landa Park. Honestly, I don't think they'll have much of a leg to stand on. In TX, if a waterway always has water in it, it's public land. Some places like the Blanco, the property owners own the land under the river, but you're not trespassing unless you put your feet on the ground.
     

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    As it reads it sounds like they would just be charging for access at the city parks not putting some sort of toll gate across the river. I never went in at the parks and if you want you should easily be able to find some place to put in without paying. If out of Staters help keep the river clean I'm ok with that.
     

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    As it reads it sounds like they would just be charging for access at the city parks not putting some sort of toll gate across the river. I never went in at the parks and if you want you should easily be able to find some place to put in without paying. If out of Staters help keep the river clean I'm ok with that.

    It says Out-of-Staters at first, but then says Out-of-Towners, which I think is what is really the case. Locals free, out-of-towners pay. It is for access from City parks. Think it just sucks. They have been trying to cut down on the floaters for years. First all of the restrictions to cooler size and alcohol... now this. They better be very careful what they wish for. Those tourist dollars may dry up!
     

    Moonpie

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    Have you seen the mess the tubers leave along the rivers?
    It isn't cheap cleaning all that up.
    $5 ain't nothin'. Should be more.
     

    LEEROY JENKINS

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    Have you seen the mess the tubers leave along the rivers?
    It isn't cheap cleaning all that up.
    $5 ain't nothin'. Should be more.

    Been coming out of sales tax revenue. Now they need more? Plus, they do two big volunteer river cleanups each year.

    I saw it when I lived in Galveston. Start charging for everything and people will go somewhere else, which results in lower sales tax revenue, lower hotel occupancy tax revenue, etc.
     

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    Yep. Just another restriction or usage fee. No biggie, right?

    Be careful, Austin is creeping.
     
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