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Horse drawn carriage is headed downtown

Written by  Robert Levin Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

BAR HARBOR — A team of stately Shire workhorses pulling a carriage through the streets are set to become a familiar site downtown this summer.

The owners of the new Wild Iris Farm came one step closer to their plans for offering carriage rides on Tuesday, when town councilors unanimously endorsed a draft ordinance regulating the operation of horse drawn carriages.

Farm owners Sandi Read and Marc Jaffrey, Ms. Read’s son, plan to run their horse drawn carriage like a taxi service, perhaps through exclusive arrangements with certain hotels. The service also will be available for weddings and other special events, Ms. Read said.

“I think it’s a hark back to how the island used to be, before automobiles were here,” Ms. Read said. “It gives people a chance to experience that type of historical venue.”

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Robert Levin is an award-winning reporter covering the Bar Harbor community. His beat includes municipal government, school happenings, real estate development and the business community. Robert also covers the visual and performing arts, writing about painting, music and other topics. He is often seen with his camera at community events. Robert enjoys living in Bar Harbor with his family.

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