For Immediate Release
Date: July 10, 2015
The City of Savannah announced today that it is revising the heat policy for the horses working downtown for carriage companies. Carriage companies will now have to remove horses from operation when the heat index reaches 110 degrees rather than 120+ degrees or when outside temperature reaches 98 degrees instead of 99 degrees.
City staff worked closely with the local carriage companies while reviewing and revising the policy. Heat data from 2011 through 2014 was examined as well as practices of other comparable cities with horse drawn carriages. SCMPD Mounted Police Patrol was also consulted on the revisions. A full review of the Horse Drawn Carriage Ordinance is currently underway and will include the revised heat policy.
For more information, contact the Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Office at (912) 525-1500.