SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – City officials are suspending all horse-drawn carriage tours due to high temperatures.
On Wednesday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., operations will be suspended, according to City of Savannah Code Compliance Director Kevin Milton.
“This is directly in response to predicted temperatures exceeding those allowed by City Ordinance Section 6-1596,” Milton stated.
The new ordinance prohibits carriages on city streets when there is a “heat index of 110 degrees or higher or temperature exceeding 95 degrees.”
The weather is based on Hunter U.S. Army Airfield which has had a forecast high of 101 degrees Monday and 101 on Tuesday.
News 3 asked why, based on these numbers, tours were not suspended prior to Wednesday. The city provided the following statement:
As with any ordinance within the City of Savannah our Code Compliance department works within its limits to enforce ALL compliance issues. As with any department we only have so many Code Compliance officers on the streets to enforce. Carriage Tour companies are, and have been, in close communications with the City of Savannah and have provided enforcement on their own. They realize the horses are their major asset and put stock in self-enforcement.
Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s Wednesday; 99 degrees at Hunter. A few areas could reach highs in the triple digits.