3 More local news-- No matter the occasion, opening one of these: a bottle of wine or champagne while riding in a horse-drawn carriage in the nation's oldest city.. is romantic...but illegal. But it may not be for much longer. The Saint Augustine City Commission is meeting RIGHT NOW, to vote on an ordinance to allow alcohol aboard. Most carriage companies believe it will help business. As Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem tells us, up until recently, some of the companies didn't even know it was illegal to drink and ride. 3 00-0507-1329-37118-12502: 51:29 Horse drawn carriage rides are a staple of St. Augustine- one of the tourist attractions where you can tour the city or enjoy a romantic evening.Bob Bellas, Southern Carriages 44:28 This is such a wonderful wedding venue for destination weddings and having champagne on the carriage is just perfect so the city realized the ordinance makes it to where we can't do that The horse drawn carriage industry says customers frequently ask about drinking onboard- whether it's to celebrate a proposal, wedding or to just relax while touring the town.45:54 A lot of times you know they'll ask can they have a drink on the carriage can we have wine or champagne you know "it's our 25th anniversary can we bring a bottle of champagne?" in the past we would be like sure as long as it's not on the street Bob Bellas from Southern Carriages says they were doing wine tastings on carriage rides until a month ago when they were notified it was illegalsince then they only do dry rides.43:50 for years we've had wine and basically it was an oversight in the open container law in St. Augustine.) The proposed law would allow alcohol aboard carriages if the driver holds a commercial driver's license and passenger endorsement.This is consistent with Florida Statutes- unlike the current St.Augustine open container law.45:28 We've talked to the commissioners and the mayor when we brought it to their attention a couple of weeks ago at the meeting and they didn't even realize that the ordinance excluded us CLOSE: 49:32 If the ordinance passes tonight it will be brought to a public hearing on October 14th. From STA AM C4 TLS.