Tuber companies on Guadalupe River say too many troopers

Large police presence is scaring away tourists, companies say

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Two outfitters along the Guadalupe River in Comal County are complaining to county commissioners about what they say is too great a police presence along the popular river route for tubers.

Campground operator Paul Rich and Johnnie Bezdek, who runs a rental firm, says the number of Department of Public Safety troopers over the Memorial Day weekend amounted to overkill and scared away customers.

Rich says he thinks the number of troopers should be reduced along the 10-mile-long River Road stretch from New Braunfels to Sattler that routinely draws thousands of vacationers.

The tubing area also has been known to become rowdy.

The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reports Bezdek told commissioners Thursday that county deputies and constables shouldn't need outside help from state police.  County commissioners did not respond.

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