Hands Across The Sand second peaceful protest opposing offshore drilling June 26

May 30, 2010

More than 400 people showed their support for Hands Across The Sand in Seaside, Fla. on Feb. 13, 2010. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Second protest draws nationwide enthusiasm

In February a statewide gathering against oil drilling occurred. Thousands of Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches joined hands along Florida’s beaches to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislator and the US Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in the near and off shores of Florida.

A second peaceful protest is scheduled for June 26 with the following times:
11 a.m.: Go to the beach in your time zone for one hour, rain or shine.

12:00: Join hands for 15 minutes  forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in our coastal waters. Leave only your footprints.

Hands Across The Sand from Walton Outdoors on Vimeo.

Founder, Dave Rauschkolb hopes to continue the Hands Across The Sand’s success with a second protest.

“Together we have an opportunity to change America and the world on June 26.  This could be a critical turning point in finally changing our Country’s prehistoric energy policy towards the light of clean energy. Let us work together and share our passion and energies to protect our marine and coastal environments and our coastal economies.  On behalf of all of those who joined hands on February 13th in Florida we extend our deepest appreciation to all of you for Joining Hands across America on June 26,” Rauschkolb said.

Mission Statement

  1. To organize a national movement to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy and renewables. These gatherings will bring thousands of American citizens to our beaches and cities and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threat oil drilling poses to America’s coastal economies and marine environment.
  2. To convince our State Legislators, Governors, Congress and President Obama to stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling and  to adopt policies encouraging clean and renewable energy sources.   America needs legislation that creates tax incentives and subsidies to encourage the growth of clean energy and renewable industries for America’s future.

Walton County area beach locations:

Main Protest Site: Seagrove Beach to Grayton Beach
(parking in Seaside and at the Van Ness Butler Jr. Beach Access between Watercolor and Seaside)

Additional Protest Sites with ample parking: Blue Mountain Beach Access, Dune Allen Beach Access, Ed Walline Beach Access, Gulfview Heights Beach Access, Inlet Beach Access, Miramar Beach Access

For more information, go to http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/