Florida beaches packed for annual event

August 10, 2012 by  

On Saturday, August 4, dozens of people joined hands along Indian Rocks Beach in Largo, Florida for an annual international event with the goal of making the public aware of potential dangers drilling offshore.

‘Hands Across the Sand’, the organizers of the event, no doubt used poster printing and flyer printing to encourage, aiming at everyone from surfers to those who just enjoy the pleasures of the beach, to express their support and join hands.

According to Liz Calver of the Suncoast chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which is one of the supporters of Hands Across the Sands, the group is not just for people who surf but for those who love the oceans and beaches and want to insure that future generations can enjoy them as much as this one does. There were people from many parts of Florida who attended the event, including those from the Bay area, such as Gulfport, St. Petersburg, and Ruskin.

One Gulfport resident, Cheryl Mogul, handed out free gadgets at the event that are used for disposal of ashes from cigarettes, as well as for cigarettes themselves. Protection of the beaches, she said, can include small gestures such as these, where beaches-goers can use to demonstrate their support of the group.

Others who have businesses along the ocean, such as Shane Webb, count on the cleanliness of the ocean and the beach for their livelihoods. According to Webb, whether there are major disasters or even situations that prevent people from going to the beach, such businesses are hard-hit and many endure personal hardships.