"On Saturday, February 13, 2010, the state of Florida was the site of a statewide gathering against offshore oil drilling. Thousands of Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches joined hands to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislature and the US Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in the near and off shores of Florida. Florida’s Hands Across The Sand event was the largest gathering in the history of Florida united against oil drilling. Thousands joined hands from Jacksonville to Miami Beach and Key West to Pensacola Beach, each against oil drilling in Florida’s waters."
After learning that the momentous event would be repeated with plenty of added steam from the BP disaster, Sarasota FL resident Gini Hyman signed on to coordinate the gathering on Siesta Key Beach. She partnered with several concerned citizens, environmental protection agencies, and county commissioners to organize a local Hands Across the Sand event that took place on June 26, 2010.
As reported by Tony Sasso, former Cocoa Beach City Commissioner and Hands Across the Sands coordinator for Florida, the June event spanned over 900 sites globally in 39 countries. In Florida alone the reach was nearly 200 sites representing approximately 20-30,000 people. For Gini's efforts, nearly 3,250 people lined up along the shoreline that extended for over 1.6 miles from Siesta Beach to Crescent Beach.
Hands Across The Sand is an organization committed to protecting our coastlines and waterways from near and off shore oil drilling. It is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. Visit www.handsacrossthesands.com for more information.
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