Senator Lindsey Graham to be in Myrtle Beach for business roundtable Tuesday

Senator Lindsey Graham to be in Myrtle Beach for business roundtable Tuesday

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – He's often seen speaking out in Washington on controversial issues and now he's planning to be in Myrtle Beach.

We're talking about United States Senator Lindsey Graham.

Senator Lindsey Graham will be at the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Tuesday for a business roundtable later Tuesday morning.

Leaders with the Chamber of Commerce invited him to see how the priorities for Myrtle Beach match up with his solutions to take the Grand Strand to the next level when it comes to tourism.

The Chamber has been working with Senator Graham's office for some time now to coordinate a face to face meeting to specifically talk about ideas, future projects and developments that will boost the tourism at the beach.

Also in attendance, will be hotels and restaurants' representatives and other small to large businesses owners from the north and south strand.

The Chamber decided to include local businesses and community leaders in the area to come in to not only to listen to Senator Graham's ideas for the Beach - but to also have their voices heard and talk about some things that are important to them.

"We want to hear what the things that are priorities for him related on a national level, but particularly what's related to South Carolina and how that correlates with things that are important to us here in the Grand Strand area," MB Chamber of Commerce Chair Todd Setzer said.

Senator Graham will most likely have things he'd like to discuss, but the two big topics the Chamber is bringing to the table are the I-73 and beach re-nourishment projects.

Leaders with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce say the I-73 permits are scheduled to be closed in the next couple of months, the interstate that would run from Michigan to the Grand Strand.

So they want to make sure Senator Graham understands the funding that goes into the project and also how important I-73 will be for our area's safety and job growth.

Right now, the North and South Strands have picked up funding for beach re-nourishment.

But the central part, which is the area especially in the heart of Myrtle Beach doesn't have funding.

So another discussion is how that can be taken care of.

Myrtle Beach Chamber leaders say it is a huge deal to have Senator Graham come and discuss matters within our community.

They say the beach is a treasure and continues to create new projects or update ones already in place and that's what continues to get more and more people here.

"We had a wonderful Easter weekend here, a lot of traffic on the roads which was a good thing, but we want to bring more people here, we obviously want to create new jobs as well, tourism is a huge economic engine for our area, so being able to get people here faster and safer," Setzer said.

The event will be held in the Myrtle Beach Chamber's Boardroom Tuesday morning at 10.

It is not open to the public.

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