Hands Across the Sand event locations around Tampa Bay and press conference information

  • William (Bill) Edward McCormick, Jr., Pass-a-Grille native, lifetime resident Pinellas County

  • Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, Florida 10th Congressional District (R-St. Petersburg)

  • Shahra Anderson, Regional Director, office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

  • Rick Kriseman, State Representative, District 53 (D-St. Petersburg) Keith Overton, COO and Chairman of the FL Restaurant & Lodging Association

  • Frank Jackalone, Senior Field Organizing Manager for FL and PR Sierra Club

  • Dan Gelber, State Senator, District 35 (D-Miami)

  • James C. “Jim” Frishe, State Representative, District 54 (R-Belleair Bluffs)

  • Calvin D. Harris, Pinellas County Commission District 2

  • Ken T. Welch, Pinellas County Commission, District 7

  • Karl Nurse, St. Petersburg City Council

  • Patricia Plantamura, Seminole City CouncilmemberLenne Nicklaus-Ball, Owner of Sirata Beach Resort

  • Dan Cannon, Florida Organizer Southern Energy Network

Hands Across the Sand event locations around the Tampa Bay area:

St. Pete Beach (7 locations):

1. Tradewinds (location of 10:45am press conference), 5500 Gulf Blvd.

2. 5500 Gulf Blvd

3. Upham Beach

4. Sirata, 5300 Gulf Blvd

5. Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Blvd

6. Don CeSar, 3800 Gulf Blvd

7. Pass-a-Grille Beach, 7th Ave, and  8th -16th Aves.

Treasure Island (2 locations):

1. Access from St. Petersburg Municipal Beach, 11260 Gulf Blvd

2. 10400 Gulf Blvd.

Madeira Beach:

Archibald Park at the Snack Shack

Indian Rocks Beach (3 locations):

1. 1700 Gulf Blvd

2. 1500 Gulf Blvd

3. Across from Guppy’s Restaurant

Redington Beach:

18120 Gulf Blvd.

Clearwater Beach (2 locations):

1. Between Pier 60 and Frenchy’s

2. The Palm Pavilion

St. Petersburg:

Spa Beach, 2nd Ave at Pier approach

Ft. DeSoto Park:

North Beach at the Fort

Gulfport Beach:

In front of the Casino

Belleair Beach:

Public Beach


Honeymoon Island

Palm Harbor:

Dunedin Beach Causeway

Tarpon Springs:

Fred Howard Park


Gandy Bridge, Gandy Boulevard (west of the bridge and on the south side of the causeway)

Hudson Beach

Crystal Beach

For more information and directions, visit: www.handsacrossthesand.com

Concerned residents and visitors will hit Tampa Bay area beaches and hundreds of locations in the U.S. and abroad this Saturday to join Hands Across the Sand. Hands Across the Sand began with a statewide grassroots effort in February to demonstrate opposition to coastal drilling. Since the Deepwater Horizon gusher began in April, the ‘risks’ of drilling are now a certainty. Florida’s risk from this drilling catastrophe is the most serious our state has ever faced and we must create aggressive, renewable energy policy to end our dangerous dependence on oil.

Hands Across the Sands participants will begin gathering at 11 a.m. to join hands from 12-12:15 p.m.

Prior to the Hands event, Tampa Bay area elected officials will join with local businesses and residents to talk about this threat and the shift to a clean, renewable energy economy. The press conference will be held at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort (5500 Gulf Blvd.) on St. Pete Beach at 10:45 a.m. Scheduled speakers:

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