SAN ANTONIO- The battle over the disposable container ban on the rivers in New Braunfels is being argued in a Comal County courtroom. A group of river outfitters and other tourist-based businesses related to the river are suing the city.
They want the ordinance overturned because they say it's causing them to lose business by as much as 50 percent. But they're not stopping there as their lawsuit also includes a 2007 ordinance which limits the size of coolers allowed in the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers.
“The cooler ordinance was originally at this stage. It was a question about standing, and then it went up to the Austin court of appeals which found that the outfitters did have standing and now it's back down so we are now having a hearing on the marriage of the cooler ordinance for the first time,” explained Jim Ewbanks, attorney for the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs now want both ordinances overturned. A judge will decide on Monday on whether they can continue with their lawsuit.