"Hands Across the Sands" Goes Global

Oil Drilling Protesters
"Hands Across the Sands" protesters in February
CLEARWATER BEACH (2010-06-25) -

In February, thousands of people linked hands on Florida beaches to protest plans for oil drilling off the state's coasts. On Saturday - spurred by the BP oil rig disaster - "Hands Across the Sands" is going global.

Events are planned in 49 states and across the globe. Hands Across the Sands protests are planned for 30 countries in every continent except Antarctica. It's a reaction to the Gulf oil spill, and organizers say they're protesting not just offshore drilling, but promoting the use of alternative energy sources.

Closer to home, events are planned up and down the beaches of Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Clearwater resident Lina Probst is a local organizer.

"It's gotten a lot more awareness than the last event because people are really trying to prevent anything like this from ever happening again," says Probst.

All the events begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Organizers in Sarasota County expect more than a thousand people to show up on Siesta Key public beach.

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