I was hesitant to respond to the June 13 column by Ted Stoney, wondering if it was a joke.
Assuming it’s not, I think of all the problems in the world like Syria, Iraq, Baltimore, Ferguson and certain parts of the City of Charleston and North Charleston, just to name a few.
I guess we all have our opinion on what real problems look like. So, in the grand scope of things — three carriages on Meeting Street create a problem?
I was around for the days of Harry Wagener, and I remember sitting on his carriage with him as a five-year-old kid. He was the one who gave me the “carriage bug.” But Charleston was a different place then, with carriages at the Battery, ice cream trucks at the Battery and a generally unregulated carriage industry.
Everything changes. Carriage regulations have more than kept up with the popularity and growth of the industry. The carriage industry in Charleston is the most regulated carriage industry in the country, from our licensing process to our second-to-none animal welfare regulations. We have our own “tourism enforcement officers” to make sure we follow these rules.
Mr. Stoney is right that residents are the lifeblood of the Historic District, but all residents of the city make up the lifeblood of the city, and the city includes much more than just the peninsula. It includes city residents on Johns Island, James Island, Daniel Island, as well as West Ashley. It also includes the more than 50 city residents who work at Palmetto Carriage Works.
He states, “The residents should always come first.” I agree, but no resident should get more priority than another, whether you live on Meeting Street, the East Side or West Ashley. We all work and live here. Three carriages on Meeting Street — really?
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