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.
By MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE
Published May 21, 2018
Updated May 21, 2018
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.
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.