Planning continues for solar eclipse - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Planning continues for solar eclipse

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WSIL -- Communities in our area continue to plan for the August eclipse. 

A meeting Wednesday in Carbondale focused on local businesses, specifically those in Carbondale. Participants discussed questions about parking, lodging and liquor laws.

Business owners also got a look at the newly launched website that allows them a free webpage to advertise their services.

Cinnamon Wheeles-Smith of Carbondale Tourism says meetings like this focus on getting more people involved.

"Educate businesses on our plans, as they get approved or get taken to city council for approval. To educate the public if they're interested on what activities are happening. Hopefully we'll find people who are interested in volunteering," said Wheeles-Smith.

Wheeles-Smith says more meetings are scheduled.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Carbondale Tourism at (618) 529-4451.

Planning for this fall's solar eclipse also includes finding places to stay for tens of thousands of people expected to visit southern Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to open its parks for camping.

There are a total of 59 RV camping spots like the one at Ferne Clyffe. More than half have already been reserved for the Eclipse. The rest are first come, first serve.

Park managers at Ferne Clyffe say they receive multiple calls everyday about camping options for the eclipse. They have a few options for outdoor enthusiasts. There are roughly two dozen RV camping spots still available and roughly 20 tent camping sites open.

Those will be first come, first serve on the days leading up to the solar eclipse in August.

There will be bathrooms and showers available to campers in need. The camp grounds are considered an excellent location for viewing the total eclipse.

If you have any questions about what's going to be available at Ferne Clyffe during the eclipse, you can call the park superintendent at (618) 995-2411 for more information.

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