This year's annual Hands Across the Sand event along Fort Myers Beach has gone from a simple 15-minute hand-holding ceremony against offshore drilling to an all-afternoon, all-community event, celebrating our love of local nature, wildlife and the local organizations that help keep it all so beautiful.
The third annual event, taking place along the shore near Crescent Beach Family Park Saturday, Aug. 4, will now take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and is sure to be the best one yet, after a permit was recently obtained from the Town of Fort Myers Beach, allowing coordinators to host a longer experience for those taking a stand against offshore drilling and promoting clean energy.
"We're so thankful that the community came together to make this happen," said Robin Curley, lead coordinator of the annual event. "Thanks so much to the Town of Fort Myers Beach, Vicki Middle of Lee Co. Parks & Rec and Ray Judah, for all coming together to help make this happen."
The third annual Hands Across the Sand event will stretch along the shores of Fort Myers Beach, along the north end, Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit local ecological groups, enjoy live music, and hold hands for a cause. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.
The event will now begin at 11 a.m., allowing those participating to browse the many local environmental information booths and ecological organizations that will be on display at Crescent Beach Family Park, promoting their cause and inviting others to join in and volunteer.
You'll see such local environmental groups as Turtle Time, CROW, Friends of Matanzas Pass and many others, all the while, local musician Keith Clanton will entertain the crowd, powered by FAFCO?Solar.
"We will have all types of great giveaways during the event, as well as activities and fun for future generations, to help develop awareness of our fragile ecosystem and the need to preserve it," Robin said.
During the 15-minute hand-holding ceremony, which will being at noon that day, taking a stand to offshore drilling, Billy Lentz with Paradise Parasail will be photographing from high in the sky, soaring over the human chain along the shore between noon and 12:15, taking aerial photos of the annual event.
"At noon, we will join hands for 15 minutes, to show solidarity to protect our world from disasters like the BP Horizon oil spill," Robin said.
This globally-conscious community effort has drawn thousands to our beach during past events, and sure to draw more this year.
"We will gather on the beach, draw our line in the sand, join hands with friends and family, and honor the official Hands Across the Sand's message, which is NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy," Robin said. "I grew up here. I love my beach and always will. We are so very fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty let's protect it and take a stand."
Those attending the environmental event are encouraged to make signs and billboards promoting clean energy. And, if you could donate a bullhorn or canopy during the event, Robin and her team of coordinators would be very thankful.
Meetings are held frequently to continue planning for the event. To attend the next meeting, for more information, or to RSVP, feel free to visit Facebook.com and search for "Ft. Myers Beach, Fl Hands Across the Sand 2012."
"Make a stand, make a difference. Join us Aug. 4!"