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Hundreds participate in ’Hands Across the Sand’

A couple of hundred beach lovers from Clearwater, Indian Rocks Beach and Treasure Island participated in “Hands Across the Sand” on Saturday morning. The annual event is designed to bring awareness against offshore oil drilling. Local and federal elected officials including Sen. Bill Nelson, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and Congressman Charlie Crist participated as well.
MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times A large crowd holds hands along the water, for the Hands Across the Sand event, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 on Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. This is an annual event held globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable, clean energy solutions.
Published May 21, 2018
Updated May 21, 2018
People hold hands in soliderity for the Hands Across the Sand event.
Melissa Pielet, 20, from St. Petersburg, Fla., gathered with a large crowds.

Held annually since the Deep Water Horizon explosion in 2010, the “Hands Across the Sand” demonstration was among 119 similar events staged simultaneously in 18 states and seven countries.

Samson Mogbolu, 2, from Seminole, Fla., held hands with others gathered for the event.
Loretta Riquetti, 45, from Tarpon Springs, Fla., recently joined Oceana as a volunteer.
A crowd gathers on Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. to listen to speeches by organizers.

The state director of Environment Florida, Jennifer Rubiello, said Pinellas County had the most participating beaches across the state as people held hands in Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Indian Rocks Beach and Treasure Island late Saturday morning.

Sedionia Boone, 60, from Indian Shores, Fla., gathered with a large crowd for the Hands Across the Sand event.
Aleena Adams, 5, from Seminole, Fla., held hands with others gathered for the Hands Across the Sand event, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 on Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.
Dominic Girard, 3, from New Port Richey, Fla., plays on in the surf while a large crowd holds hands along the water for the Hands Across the Sand event, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 on Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. This is an annual event held globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable, clean energy solutions. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times

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