South Walton residents gather to share thoughts, prayers for the Gulf of Mexico

June 9, 2010

More than 50 area residents share their thoughts about the Gulf of Mexico. ©Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Candlelight vigil offered opportunity for many to express their love for the Gulf

More than 50 local South Walton residents gathered at Ed Walline beach access in Santa Rosa Beach for a candlelight vigil hosted by the Surfrider Foundation on June 8.

Attendees took the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, expressing their love for the Gulf, anger at what has occurred and hopes for future change.
“Our friends need to be heard and their emotions need to be felt in order to begin on our quest to effect change,” said Mike Sturdivant, organizer of the event and Emerald Coast Chapter of Surfrider’s chairman of the board.