'Can Ban' On New Braunfels Rivers Heads To Voters

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Voters in New Braunfels are deciding whether to ban disposable containers on local rivers that are a popular getaway for beer-drinking college students and tourists.

A large voter turnout is expected before polls close Tuesday. Supporters say rowdy partygoers are spoiling the Comal and Guadalupe rivers with litter, while opponents argue a ban would keep away tourists and hamper the local economy.

The ballot measure will uphold or reject an ordinance passed by the New Braunfels City Council in August that prohibits disposable containers on the rivers. It came after a scorching summer drew crowds to the cool waterways in record numbers.

Opponents say the ban is a veiled attempt by the city to ban alcohol on the rivers, which is a decision only the state can make.