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Tampa Bay area residents participated in Hands Across the Sand on Saturday, demonstrating opposition to oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Gatherings were held along 200 Florida beaches and more than 700 shores worldwide as oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig continued gushing into the gulf.

About 6,000 people attended in the Tampa Bay area, said Cathy Harrelson, a local event organizer.

Photographer Andrea Lypka and reader Marcia Biggs were there and shared their photos in our Community Photo Gallery. See their pictures, then share yours if you participated in the protest.




"We need to keep the beach clean; this is home," said Colleen Simko, with Sherry Wagman.



“Let us begin the work to make our buildings (energy) efficient,” St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse said.



Marcia Biggs snapped this photo of the protesters.



William Gibson, banner-tow pilot, snapped these photos as he was flying over St. Pete Beach on Saturday with a "No Drilling" banner.




Sherry Stamback's picture shows how she participated in Hands Across the Sand with friends in New Port Richey. She describes the day:

"Pasco County's coastal area is primarily developed private property, mangrove swamps and salt water marshes. We have very few beaches on which to gather -- although there were groups at two of our county's three beaches, too. For this reason, a handful of us paddled our kayaks out into the open water of our saltwater flats, dropped in our anchors held hands, with the world, sang a sacred song and witnessed the Gulf in all of her clarity, while we called the Water Beings to migrate to appropriate clear waters.

"It was a powerful day."


Heather Terry's kids took part in Hands Across the Sand on Indian Rocks Beach.


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