Heat limit for Charleston horse carriages to be discussed again tonight

The future of carriage rides in Charleston will be discussed again today at a city council meeting.

Council will review the second reading of a proposal that would lower the heat limit for horse-drawn carriages. The proposal means carriage animals could be pulled from service when temperatures reach 95 degrees or a heat index of 110.

Right now, the threshold is 98 degrees.

At a March 15 meeting, a majority of Charleston City Council agreed to lower the temperature limit for working animals.

The proposal comes from a special committee formed last summer. It will need to pass three readings with a majority vote to become official.

Tonight's meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the James Island Recreation Complex.

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