MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Thursday is a big day for the Grand Strand, as the first WestJet flight from Canada lands in Myrtle Beach, and Newt Gingrich talks about the possible roadway I-73.
Gingrich has some ideas to help fill the gap in funding for the possible route I-73, said to be one of the top road projects in the nation. So local leaders have been reaching out to politicians in Washington to discuss how to make it happen in our area, and soon.
Supporters say they want to have these meetings with big name politicians to get more backing from Washington for the interstate. Especially since they are still finding ways to fill the funding gap. County leaders also hope Gingrich will bring a fresh perspective on securing the project.
"We're just delighted to have speaker Gingrich here," said Horry County Councilman Gary Loftus. "As I said he's a very bright individual who brings a lot of ideas, different ideas. His approaches aren't necessarily the conventional approaches, and some work, some don't work. But if you don't think of them you'll never work."
At Myrtle Beach International , WestJet has big plans for the first service of the flight that will arrived at Myrtle Beach at 11:30 a.m. The new route will run on Thursdays and Sundays through October, and before the winter schedule begins, the airline will evaluate how things are going.
The events taking place Thursday are all connected, because they are different avenues for the same overall goal-- bringing more people to Myrtle Beach.