(Photo: Hands Across The Sand)
Hands Across The Sand held it's first protest against offshore oil drilling in Florida on February 13, 2010 when 10,000 Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches joined hands to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislature and the US Congress to lift the ban on offshore oil drilling.
Four years later, the organization is still going strong, and this weekend they'll hold their statewide event at beaches all over the state.
In May of 2010, after the BP oil spill, I met and interviewed the founder of Hands Across The Sand, Dave Rauschkolb, in Seaside, FL. I wrote about Rauschkolb and the story behind what inspired his organization on my original blog site, where I later wrote and covered the oil spill on a trip to the Panhandle not long after the disaster began.
In honor of the fourth year of Hands Across The Sand protests, I'll be re-posting that original piece on Dave Rauschkolb here tomorrow.
In the meantime, head over to his site to locate an event near you this weekend.