Charleston's carriage operators are protesting the city's plan to shut them down during the Blue Angels' shows this weekend and during the Navy jet demonstration team's practice runs Thursday and Friday.

The Blue Angels will perform their low-flying stunts and aerobatics over Charleston Harbor. The city has told carriage operators to plan on ceasing operations between noon and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and from 1-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

"The city has been provided information from military representatives that this noise has frightened horses and caused them to run furiously in the past, thereby as a safety precaution we feel this is necessary," Traffic and Transportation Director Hernan Pena wrote in a memo to city officials and carriage operators.

Tom Doyle Sr., owner of Palmetto Carriage, said he and other carriage operators hope to persuade officials to drop the restrictions.

Read more in tomorrow's Post and Courier.