City bracing for influx of eclipse tourism

DEPOE BAY — City officials are bracing for a solar eclipse that could bring as many as 250,000 extra visitors to the Central Oregon Coast on Aug. 17.

“It’s probably too late to order Porta Potties,” worried Mayor Barbara Leff, who called for volunteers to lay plans for the once-in-a-lifetime event. “There’s no chance we’ll find any west of the Rockies.”

Instead, Leff urged the city to pass out thousands of protective “solar eclipse sunglasses” that would protect the corneas of wide-eyed gazers. She gave samples to town elders, who tried them on like theatergoers at a 3-D movie during the Tuesday, Jan. 17, meeting of the Depoe Bay City Council.

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