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Tourism: Last chance to view eclipse provides marketing opportunity

Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Most people come to the beach for the sun. But it is the sun’s disappearance that tourism officials hope will be a draw for visitors this summer, especially since it will only be temporary.

A full solar eclipse will take place Aug. 21. Pawleys Island is on the northernmost edge of the band where the sun will be totally obscured by the moon. In Murrells Inlet, it will be 99.8 percent covered, according to NASA. In Myrtle Beach, it’s only 99.3 percent.

Lauren Joseph, the Georgetown County tourism director, has already priced viewing glasses with the Hammock Coast logo that’s used to market the county. “We’ll be the last ones to see it on the continental United States,” she said.

At Pawleys Island, the moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:18 p.m. By 2:47 p.m., it will be totally covered and remain so for 39 seconds.

The timing may not be long, but it is ideal for tourism, Joseph said. “That’s the first Monday that kids go back to school and our rentals start falling off,” she said.

Some beach areas in Charleston County have already started promoting the event. So have places in the Midlands, which will be at the center of the eclipse track. It’s the first time a total eclipse has been visible from the U.S. since 1979 and the first time an eclipse has been visible coast-to-coast since 1918. The center of the eclipse’s path will cross the coast at McClellanville.

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