Hands Across the Sand at Miami Beach, June 26, 2010

My favorite photo I took yesterday.  This is Laura Reynolds’ fist, Executive Director of Tropical Audubon Society, Inc.

Yesterday I attended a meaningful and moving event in South Beach: Hands Across the Sand which is a grassroots effort started in Florida by Dave Rauschkolb that has become an overnight, international success . Yesterday, in approximately 43 countries concerned citizens gathered on beaches all over the world to make a statement against off-shore drilling and the turnout was tremendous. You could feel the energy in everyone. They were so excited that the line of people holding hands reached over 10 blocks and they estimated over 1,000 in attendance just in South Beach.

Mike Gibaldi, Chairman of the Miami Chapter of Surfrider and lead organizer of Miami Beach’s Hands Across the Sand

Miami Beach resident Priscila Lopes doing her part


Summer intern, Max Delphonse with Urban Paradise Guild

Laura Reynolds , Executive Director of Tropical Audubon Society, Inc.

Debbie Matthews and Jonathan Ullman volunteering today with the Miami Group of Sierra Club

And even babies attended this great event: Sara Cino and baby Layla.

Dario Gonzalez with Emerge Miami & Open Streets Project.

I ran into Kathryn Moore, Executive Director of the South Florida Bike Coalition who helped organize a group of bikers to attend the event.  Some of the riders shown here are the self-proclaimed “Miami Urban Rough Riders”, left-t0-right: Ulises Manzano, Juan C. Gallo, Carlos Rebenga and Barbara Manzano.

Joaquin Rodriguez and Jessica Bernabei volunteering for the Miami Group of the Sierra Club

One of the key groups organizing the event was the Surfrider Foundation.

Activisit Dara Schoenwald a volunteer with ECOMB (Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches)

Dave Doebler, Miami Beach resident and with “Organizing for America”

And what event would be complete without candidates running for office?  There were a few yesterday including Glenn Burkett who is running for U.S. Senate in Florida.


  1. Debbie Matthews June 27, 2010
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