New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 169
14 pages in 2 sections July ll, 200u
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Animal lovers overcome odds to tie knot at Snake Farm
By Fred Blevens Staff Writer
Gary Remenschneider, a trucker for the H-E-B grocery chain, used a day of his vacation Monday to bring 7-year-old Jonathan to the Snake Farm.
Nothing fancy, you see, just a fun father-son outing to a place of Jonathan’s choice.
“We’ll never see this again,” Remenschneider said as eight members of the Stockton-Palmer wedding party hoisted a 275-pound reticulated python over their shoulders.
The Remenschneiders were just two of the dozens of surprised patrons treated to the Snake Farm’s first-ever wedding, a ceremony whose only nod to tradition occurred in the by-the-book civil proceeding administered by Justice of the Peace William Schroeder.
Schroeder, who said he once turned down the opportunity to wed a pair of nudists, beat a hasty retreat, skipping a series of post-ceremony activities specially arranged for the bride and groom.
Let the record reflect that on the grounds of this warehouse of reptilian wonders, Michael Stockton, 23, wed Danita Palmer, 18, w ith about 20 family and friends looking on.
Just west of the gator pond, under a sparsely decorated shelter covering a dozen or so picnic
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Danita Palmer and Michael Stockton exchange their wedding vows. The balloon over their heads was draped with plastic toy shaped like a snake.
tables, Stockton and Palmer said their “I do s” in front of an altar fashioned from a folding table and crepe paper.
The bride was elegant in white spaghetti-strap gown and matching accessories; the groom dressed in an olive shill over tan pants topping a pair of black, w eathered Converse All-Stars.
A reception followed at the gator pond w here Stockton and Palmer gingerly tossed enough w hole chickens and chicken parts to satisfy the population of a Louisiana sw amp.
A variety of gators and crocs (and w hat must have been a very lonely turtle) grow led and postured as bride and groom spread the spoils.
The highlight, however, came when Snake Farm owner John Mellyn muscled the python from its indoor display, where only hours before it had devoured its normal lunch of 50 to 60 pounds of rabbit.
Once outside, the 20-foot beast now the circumference of a large coffee can skittishly eluded Mellyn’s attempts to w rap the bride and groom. Finally, the snake calmed and Mellyn brought it over Stockton's and Palmer’s shoulders.
Soon, the whole wedding party moved in, positioning themselves like trusses holding the weight of iron rails.
The python bonding experience was a fitting end to a day that didn’t quite get started when
Council toys with tax options
Councilmembers shoot down Flume proposals
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Another lengthy debate about how New Braunfels uses its sales tax revenues ended Monday with only one thing for certain: The discussion isn't over yet.
C ouncil turned down two motions by council-w o rn a n Debbie Flume to ask voters to abolish the city’s economic development sales tax. In each of her motions, the sales tax would be transferred to other purposes, either property tax reduction or streets and drainage.
But even as council voted down both of Flume’s motions, they toyed w ith other ideas to change the structure and use of the city’s sales tax.
Councilman Larry Alexander said he would bring a motion to the next council meeting on July 24 to ask v oters to add to the uses of a portion of the city ’s sales taxes.
The city currently collects a 4B sales tax, w hich refers to the law that created the tax, that is split between two categories of projects.
One-eighth of I percent is dedicated to streets and drainage. One-eighth of I percent is dedicated to other community improvements projects. However, when voters approved that portion of the tax in 1445, they did not include all the possible legal uses, including affordable housing and sports venues.
The cit) also collects the 4A sales tax, also named for its enabling legislation, for economic development. That sales tax also is one-eighth of I per cent.
Council previously approved a proposal from Flume to ask
In Other Action
New Braunfels city council on Monday also:
• Gave second approval to an ordinance increasing the minimum fine for littering;
• Gave second approval to an ordinance establishing an enterprise zone and reinvestment zone in New Braunfels. Companies locating in the enterprise zone are eligible to receive local and state economic incentives; and
• Appointed Charles R. Gallagher to the New Braunfels Arts Commission.
Late Monday night the council still was considering providing a citywide newsletter to New Braunfels residents.
voters to add sports venues to the possible uses. Alexander wants to ask voters to include all other possible uses.
“I'm an advocate of affordable housing,” Alexander said adding that if the money is going to be opened up to sports venues, it should be opened to all other uses.
However, Mayor Stoney Williams asked council to delav discussion until the next meeting so the public could prov ide input.
Close to IOO people attended the standing-room only meeting, speaking for and against Flume's proposals.
Flume previously proposed asking voters to abolish the sales tax the city collects for economic development. At the same time, she proposed asking v v'U rs to transfer that tax for pi openy tax reduction.
Outfitters report big weekend
Comal tube supplies fall short of demand
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
River outfitters and folks in the recreation business reported a huge Saturday on the Comal and lower Guadalupe rivers as tubers, boaters find swimmers sought to escape temperatures in the mid-40s.
The National Weather Service reports a continuing wave of humid summer heat that could this week push temperatures to three digits.
“We were busy this weekend,” said Steven Simpson, who works at the Prince Solms tube chute. “Saturday on the Comal River was busier than the Fourth of July. I think all the families decided to show up.”
Simpson said the city’s operation, run by New
Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department, ran out of tubes twice Saturday afternoon. But running out of tubes wasn’t an uncommon situation, he said. “I heard Rockin’ R ran out a couple times, too,” he said.
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin’ R River Rides, has operations on both rivers. Rivers said Rockin’ R was, well ... rocking.
“Up until Sunday, we had a record-breaking season on both rivers,” he said, although things fell off a little on Sunday. “We broke records on both holidays. Every weekend, we just about outdid what we did last year.”
Rivers said the 60 cubic-feet-per-second flow into the Guadalupe River, which could be driving business to the Comal (Rockin' R has facilities on both rivers), is really “nothing new.”
“It seems like every July the GBRA
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Even though she wasn’t in the official ceremony on Monday, the 20-foot reticulated python at the Snake Farm was in all the wedding party photos of Danita Palmer and Michael Stockton.
A packed house welcomed author and historian David Barton to the seventh annual patriotic event, “One Nation Under God,” Monday evening at the Brauntex.
Barton received rounds of applause throughout the evening
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