A popular activity in other parts of Central Texas has slowly moved its way into the city of Austin, but it will be awhile before officials make any decisions about its future.
The Austin Parks and Recreation board heard public input Tuesday evening on a proposal to ban tubing completely along portions of the Colorado River. The board voted to push back on making a decision so they can review their options and collect more data.
Tubing has popped on a mile-long section of the Colorado River east of Lady Bird Lake. Many of the tubes are launched by East Side Tubes, which is located on Red Bluff Road off of East Cesar Chavez.
If city leaders decide to ban tubing, they'll have to change city code and define or prohibit "inflation devices" from U.S. Highway 183 to the Longhorn Dam.
Violations could include fines up to $2,000.
"I think it's great that they're going to go back and do the whole master plan and relook at inner-tubing and who to concession that instead of just [removing] everybody's right to float down the river," East Side Tubes Owner Dan Walker said.
Some say restrictions on tubing in places like New Braunfels have killed the industry and severely damaged the economy.
Others see tubing as a wreck to natural river formations and a cause of litter.