Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson; City Administrator Betty Webb; contractor William Poloronis; Apalachicola commissioners Jimmy Elliott, Mitchell Bartley, Frank Cook and Brenda Ash; City Clerk Lee Mathes; City Grant Manager Cindy Summerhill and city workers Wilber Bellew and Robert Osburn broke ground March 11 for the new downtown public restrooms.

Local contractor Poloronis Construction won the bid on the long anticipated public restroom facility to be constructed in downtown Apalachicola directly behind the City of Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Artís building.

As the lowest bidder, Poloronis was awarded a $300,000 contract to build the restrooms by the Apalachicola city commission at the regular scheduled Jan. 8 meeting. The project is funded though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program and is part of the city's overall redevelopment strategy.