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Residents not excited about festival set to boost San Marcos economy

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Float Fest is being talked about as one of the biggest events to hit San Marcos. It is expected to boost the city's economy but it has others worried for their safety.

A day of tubing and a lineup of about a dozen bands, sounds fun right?

For the city of San Marcos, Float Fest means business will be booming.

“I think we're going to bring in thousands of dollars to the restaurants and hotels in San Marcos because we have people coming in from Dallas and Houston and San Antonio. I think once we get started, we hope to have several festivals next year,” Cool Rivers Ranch Owner, Joe Flanagan said.

Cool Rivers Ranch was asked to host the event. They couldn't turn the opportunity down.

"We really think it's going to be an asset to this area," Flanagan said

Not everyone is looking forward to it.

"Somebody is going to die," David Smith, a resident said.

Smith lives right on the river.

The safety of the public on public highways and littering, that's what takes the pleasure out of living here, not the people so much. We welcome the people, just control what you're doing and be responsible about what you're doing," Smith said.

He doesn't think the area is big enough to handle the crowd.

"In parts of the river its wall to wall tubes, bank to bank tubes. That's with 3 to 5,000. We have those anyway. They are going to be here anyway. This float fest thing is going to add 5 to 10,000, maybe 15,000 more," Smith said.

Flanagan says he has contracted several law enforcement officers to keep things under control.

“Counting security and everything we're probably going to have 100 employees,” Flanagan said.

Smith doesn't buy it.

“Why aren't the laws being enforced? It's obviously in favor of the tubing operations and the alcohol," Smith said.

Five thousand tickets have been bought so far. Cool River Ranch has been cleared to handle 25,000 people at their venue.

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