Originally Posted by DurangoSteve
Banning full moon floats and folks having a beer or two on the river strikes me as a pretty extreme overreaction to the drunk tuber situation.
No disrespect intended. That's a frontier attitude that I can admire, and wish I lived in that world. Full moon floats with alcohol on river or even before river, is a drowning statistic waiting to pop, and a relatively easy lawsuit against the city waiting to be filed.
Maybe I've pessimistically accepted the 'lowest common denominator' safety (& legal) standard we live by in modestly urban front-range-ville. I also believe it is our duty as knowledgeable river types to tell someone (just once, gently) if I see them on river without a PFD that they shouldn't be on river without one. Who knows, maybe I'm preventing that law suit. I just don't think it's any libertarian infringement given that most people have no idea how deceptive rivers can be.
I think in Pueblo they made illegal craft not specifically made for rivers (or worded to that effect IIRC), and made PFDs mandatory, but I don't know about midnight runs. This after the tragic drowning there during the waterpark's first year.