FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Thousands of people turned today out at Florida beaches to draw the line after the Gulf spill. "Hands Across the Sand" aims to raise support for clean energy and protecting coastal economies. It's a movement that's gone worldwide since the spill.
The Fort Myers Beach pier is always a busy place, but Saturday at noon, nearly a thousand people waded through the high tide for reasons other than your typical beach time.
It's a gathering to support clean energy and to oppose offshore oil drilling. But since the group's first event in February, an oil spill now looms in the Gulf of Mexico and the group's cause here is twofold.
Organizer Chuck Myron says local support has boomed since the disaster. while oil is still far away from Southwest Florida beaches, he says it still takes an economic toll and bp should be held responsible.
"We want this cleaned up," Myron said. "It's a disaster going on, right now in the gulf and bp needs to take some responsibility and step up to the plate."
"if it's just going to keep going it's going to harm everyone, not just species in the water, it's going to affect human life too," said vacationer Alexis Meister.
Business owner Moe Catherwood agrees, the spill is a tragedy, but sees events like this against gulf drilling as somewhat hypocritical.
"They did not walk from the Cape, they drove their cars, now when they start using their bicycles which I do and walk everywhere, then. I'll take them a little more seriously, that's all, I mean, they're entitled to their opinion, I fully respect that, and I understand that and I should. It's the American way," said Catherwood.