Holmes Beach -- People around the world joined hands Saturday in an anti-offshore drilling pro- test dubbed Hands Across the Sand.
Demonstrators on Holmes Beach held hands for 15 minutes to show their disapproval of drilling.
The group of protesters started off small, with a group of about six on the beach by 11:30.
By noon about 20 had showed up, and within minutes of them locking hands their numbers nearly doubled.
Protesters smiled as they faced the Gulf of Mexico hand-in-hand.
They signed petitions against drilling, spoke with one another about last year’s Deepwater Horizon spill and made it clear that they haven’t forgotten its impact.
“This is happening around the world to raise awareness,” said Peter Gross, who helped organize the local protest.
One of the hot topics on the beach was Gov. Rick Scott. The protesters wanted to let him know they are not in favor of any legislation that would allow drilling.
“I hope the jobs the governor wants to create aren’t people cleaning up oil,” Gross said.
He and other protesters advocated alternative and clean energy sources they feel will reduce the nation’s dependency on oil.
“I’m doing this for my children and their children,” Gross said. “We can’t keep doing this.”
It was a message Janice Johnson echoed.
“We came to save the beaches from drilling and to send a message to Rick Scott,” Janice Johnson said.
To add a bit of humor, Johnson held hands with a blow up alligator.
“I brought the alligator to represent the impact on nature,” she said.
After the hand-holding, demonstrators cheered and clapped with hopes that their message is heard.