HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Silver Slipper Casino and Mississippi Coast Transit Authority kicked off a new Beach Trolley in Hancock County Thursday with plenty of fan-fare.
The casino kicked off the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Those invited to take an inaugural ride went for a spin down the beachfront with window views of the sparkling sand.
"It's going to open up a whole new area for tourism for Hancock County and Bay St. Louis because people no longer have to worry about driving or parking," said Myrna Green, Office Manager of the Hancock County Tourism Bureau.
Designed to boost tourism in Hancock County, the trolley is free to ride a seven days a week. It stops in Bay St. Louis, Waveland and anywhere along the route by simply flagging down the driver.
The Coast Transit Authority's Marketing Director Sue Lamey said, "This is a fare-free trolley. It starts at the top of each hour from the Silver Slipper Casino and makes its way down to Old Town Bay St. Louis, up to the Depot and back to the Sliver Slipper."
Leaders at the Slipper says the trolley opens doors to a unique opportunity its guests have never had.
"We can celebrate the fact that people can stay in our hotel, they can see the entire length of the beach stop at anyone of the shops in Old town Bay St. Louis. Eat and drink at anyone of the bars and restaurants down there, catch the trolley on the hour to come back to their hotel room, and spend the night with us," explained Silver Slipper General Manager John Ferrucci.
The trolley is running on a trial basis until Sept. 30.
"We don't want to give it up. We're hoping it stays strong enough to justify it year-around," said Ferrucci.
The trolley will roll Monday - Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.