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Hands Across the Sands Coming to a Beach Near You Saturday


The massive Gulf oil spill may be receding into our collective memory. But a group of people want to keep the specter of offshore oil drilling fresh in people's minds. So they plan to gather at Florida's beaches at noon Saturday.

This will be the third straight year "Hands Across the Sands" is taking place. People will gather hands on dozens of beaches to not only protest offshore drilling, but promote the use of clean energy.

Events are being held up and down the state's Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, from Jacksonville to Pensacola. Locally, people will gather together at Lido Beach, Englewood Beach and Bayshore Beach House in Sarasota; Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island in Manatee; Tampa Water works park and the Gandy Bridge in Tampa, and a string of places along the Pinellas beaches: Indian Rocks Beach, Upham Beach, Pass-a-Grill and the Guy Harvey Outpost in St.Pete Beach. The last spot - the former Sandpiper Resort - will be where local organizers plan to gather beginning at 10:30 a.m. And to save energy, organizers are asking people to ride the Central Avenue trolley to St. Pete Beach.  Click HERE to see a map of the exact locations.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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