Hi all-I got this press release from the organizers of Hands Across the Sand because I organized a gathering at my neighborhood beach and thought some of you might be interested in attending one of these.
A friend of mine worked on the cleanup of the oil spill at St Pete Beach back in the 90's and it was gruesome-that is what inspired me to get involved in this, but I think there are a lot of good reasons. We rely on tourism for our economy here more than almost anywhere, it's fundamental to most of our jobs, directly or indirectly so even the *perception* that our beaches could be messed up is a danger we don't need.
Plus the money from the drilling operations doesn't come to the places near the rigs necessarily, it goes to corporate headquarters-so high risk plus low benefit=time to tell them to find another state to sucker....(imho)
If you have any questions and don't want to call(ie you are reading this in the middle of the night or something;-) comment here and I will reply as soon as I am able.
For Immediate Release Contact: Cathy Harrelson: 727-415-8805
February 9, 2010 Pat Kiesylis: 727 421-2746
Hands Across the Sand in Pinellas this Saturday
Pinellas Businesses and Residents Join Hands to
Protect Florida Against Threat of Offshore Drilling
Concerned residents and visitors will hit Pinellas Suncoast beaches and dozens of beaches statewide this Saturday to join Hands Across the Sand. Hands Across the Sand is a statewide grassroots effort to show state and federal legislators that Floridians will stand up to protect our environment and our vital tourism economy from the perils of offshore drilling. Florida’s risk from this latest threat from offshore drilling is the most serious our state has ever faced.
What: Floridians Join Hands Across Sand on Pinellas beaches
When: February 13th 2010.
Participants are asked to be on the beach by 1:00, Join Hands 1:30 – 1:45, and to where a black hat or black shirt.
Why: Oppose Oil Drilling off Florida’s Coast: Support Clean Energy Jobs Now!
Where: 15 Pinellas beaches from Tarpon Springs to Ft. De Soto to St. Petersburg.
Hands participants will come from across the political spectrum and cultural landscape. Democrats and Republicans, business owners and organizations like the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, environmental organizations like the Sierra Club, Audubon & Defenders of Wildlife, citizens and students – all united in a common belief that it’s important for Floridians to show Tallahassee and Washington our commitment to coastal protection, and our support for clean, renewable energy now.
Pinellas County Beach Locations:
St. Pete Beach: Upham Beach; Tradewinds/Sirata (location of the 12 noon press conference with elected officials); Public Beach @ 4700 Gulf Blvd; Pass-a-Grille Beach, north from The Hurricane Treasure Island — Access from St. Petersburg Municipal Beach, 11260 Gulf Blvd. or Treasure Island Beach Access @ 104 Gulf Blvd. The Hands event takes place in conjunction with Mardi Gras Beach Midway behind the Bilmar Beach Resort at 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, between the two access points.
Tarpon Springs - Fred Howard Park
Madeira Beach Clearwater Beach - Pier 60
Ft. DeSoto Park — North Beach Bird Sanctuary Indian Rocks Beach
St. Petersburg: Clam Bayou/Bermuda Bay;
Lassing Park-Old SE Beach Drive @ 18th Ave S.
Redington Shores Beach
Gulfport Beach at the Casino
Complete list of Florida beaches where events are scheduled: http://www.handsacrossthesand.org