Austin City Council bans swimming, tubing on parts of Colorado River

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

AUSTIN -- An East Austin business is now selling everything on its shelves. A unanimous decision by the Austin City Council on Thursday banned swimming and tubing for portions of the Colorado River.

“We just want to make sure that people understand that we need to make the area safe and available to the public, but in a safe manner,” said Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole.

MOC Kayaks and East Side Tubes were in business for eight years near Cesar Chavez where kayaks were rented out to the public.

The kayak rental business started renting tubes this spring. That’s when neighbors living near the Colorado began complaining about noise and litter.

“It's really safe. I see kids swimming in here all the time, dogs playing in here all the time. It's never been a problem,” said Alice Chung, a regular at the secret beach.

A unanimous decision by the Austin City Council outlawed swimming and tubing on the Colorado River from the Longhorn Dam to Highway 183 near the Montopolis Bridge.

A City spokesperson told KVUE that the new ban should take effect by the end of the month.
Violators could be subjected to a fine of at least $100.

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