It was a little late, but it was a welcome site, as Apalachicola received the gift of a trolley Tuesday afternoon.
The 45-seat vehicle came courtesy of Apalachicola resident Greg Russell and his wife Krista, who donated it to the Main Street organization.
Despite a minor repair that delayed the arrival of the vehicle for the noon ceremony, it arrived safe and sound to Riverfront Park.
Russell, who specializes in the re-sale of surplus government property, had purchased it from Bay County, and had his company donate it to Main Street.
“We celebrate the arrival of a truly special addition to our downtown,” said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson. “The trolley is a generous gift from Greg Russell to Apalachicola Main Street, an economic development partner with the city of Apalachicola.
“Apalachicola Main Street will use the trolley to promote and enhance downtown Apalachicola for the benefit of our residents, visitors, businesses, and attractions. The trolley is sure to become a cherished icon of our city,” he said.
Augusta West, Main Street’s executive director, said plans are now in the works for how the trolley will be used, to enhance the downtown atmosphere and interface with the rest of the city and county.
“It will not run on a daily schedule, at least not at first. We will use it for special tours and events and other uses to be determined,” said West.
She said she is in the process of seeking grant funding for special tours.
Following the mayor’s remarks, and the presentation of t-shirts and certificates of appreciation to the Russells, the small gathering enjoyed non-alcoholic champagne.
Main Street Board Chairman Jim Bachrach then led the audience on a tour of downtown, with city employee Greg Harris driving the trolley.