While regional hotels and Airbnbs have been booked for “Great American Eclipse” visitors for many months, there may soon be more room available for eclipse visitors via St. Anthony, Idaho’s, industrial park, the Rexburg Standard Journal reported.
The St. Anthony City Council discussed how to cash in on the upcoming eclipse. It’s expected that as many as 500,000 people may descend on the Upper Valley during the week of Aug. 21 for the eclipse. There could be even more.
According to Eclipse2017.org, Rexburg’s view of the total eclipse will start on Monday, Aug. 21, at 11:33:14 a.m. and will continue for two minutes and 17 seconds,
Rexburg is close to the center of the eclipse’s path and is considered one of the best places on earth to witness the eclipse.
During the council meeting, St. Anthony council members agreed that the community could help ease some of the temporary housing burden by providing space at the city’s industrial park.
“There are no motels available that day. They’re asking $1,000 a night. Now people are starting to rent out their homes for $1,000 a night because there are no rooms or hotels,” Councilwoman Suzanne Bagley said.
Mayor Neils Thueson said he had met with the Madison County Commissioners, who told him they are considering renting out their fairgrounds to RVs during the eclipse.
“We’ve got the industrial park. That’s something we should be looking at,” he said.
The council estimated that there could be up to 300 spots to rent RVs at the industrial park. The RVs would need to be “self-contained,” as there are no more portable toilets available to rent.
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