Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Anti-drilling protest set for Manatee, Sarasota beaches

Anti-drilling demonstrators are expected to picket at beaches around the state - including in Manatee and Sarasota - on Saturday to protest proposals to allow expanded oil and gas drilling off Florida's coasts.

"Hands Across The Sand is devoted to protecting our coastline and waterways from the devastating environmental effects of oil exploration and support industries," according to the official Web site for the protest.

"This protest will bring thousands of Florida's citizens to our beaches and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against near shore oil drilling in our waters."

Among the local beaches expected to see protesters are Manatee County Beach on Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota.

The protests are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to dress in black - the color of an oil spill - and hold hands for 10 minutes.

For more information about Hands Across the Sand, visit the group's Web site.

And more information about events in Manatee and Sarasota, visit this Facebook page.

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