A group of folks from St. Louis announced plans to spend Aug. 9 to 13 leading a caravan along the Gulf Coast, spending money at small businesses along the route with money raised on their website at GulfCaravan.com.

Anyone who contributes $20 or more will get an item purchased in their name during the spending spree. The caravan members are paying for their own transportation and lodging.

The group’s organizer, Dennis Gorg, described himself as a small business owner. "We’ve learned of so many businesses in the Gulf region that are losing their customers, employees and dreams because of the impact of this disaster on tourism. We can do something. We can become tourists with a purpose."

In one week, Gorg has received many inquiries from potential caravan participants and nearly $2,000 in donations.
The group will depart St. Louis on Aug. 9 and will stop in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Gulf Shores, Al., Panama City Beach, Fl., and wind up in Lower Grand Lagoon, Fl. on Aug. 13.

Meanwhile, rough weather threatens to delay the oil cleanup and well repair. Tropical Storm Bonnie is expected to make her appearance Thursday over the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

After that, the storm track could veer over south Florida and up into the Gulf, but it also could head up the east coast, sparing both Florida and the Gulf.

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