Gulf Caravan arrives spending money, spreading hope

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Rebecca Powers – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A group of very caring Americans traveled over 600 miles to spend their money on the coast this week. They came all the way from St. Louis, Missouri, banding together to show support for our region that has suffered so much loss lately.

Small business owner Dennis Gorg decided to plan this "spending caravan" idea after he watched in horror as the Gulf region was polluted with oil.

When he heard that most small businesses had lost 80 percent of their revenue because of it, he knew he had to do something to help.

Local business owners were floored Tuesday when the "Gulf Caravan" arrived. Gulfport restaurant owner Scott Weinberg welcomed the Gulf Caravan group who put the "Blow Fly Inn" on their list of many stops in South Mississippi.

"I think it's great. What they're doing is fantastic," Weinberg said. "I mean, showing support for the coast and I think they're a special group of people to travel all the way down here to do that."

"It's amazing! The hospitality's been incredible," Gorg said. "I tell you what, we are honored to be here and support the businesses down here of the gulf coast is incredible for us. And we're just happy to be here."

Gorg talked some of his friends into coming along to help him spread not only the wealth, but hope to weary people.

"I hope they remember that it's not just us," said Julia Eschen. "That everybody is really rooting for them, and we hope to bring more people down."

They chose Blow Fly for lunch, but got their fill of eclectic Bay St. Louis shops all morning. Making this "Old Town" small business owner very happy.

Business owner Pat Robinson's shop was one of their stops in Old Town.

"These young people from Missouri came down with a specific goal to shop is extraordinary," Robinson said. "They are doing it and we appreciate it."

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