FRANKLIN COUNTY Fla. - Many gathered for a demonstration in support of the environment. A statewide movement called Hands Along the Water held an event in St. George island.
The local event organizer, Debi Jordan explained why she feels it is important. "I'm really saddened by the loss of marine life that I'm seeing. And the devestating effect that's hitting our humans as well because of red tide."
Across the state people gathered for the Hands Along the Water movement on Aug. 12, 2018.
Franklin county was no exception... With the beach at the st. George island lighthouse hosting its own display. About 20 people held hands for 15 minutes. "So the hand holding is a show of solidarity. And the raising of hands at the end of it is to salute our beautiful environment and let it know that we value it and want to protect it," explained Jordan.
The group wants beaches and wildlife to stop being negatively impacted by the water released from Lake Okeechobee. Which is known for it's toxic algea bloom and connection to red tides. The event began at 10 a.m. and ended around 10:30 a.m.
"This is not a political event. This is not a rally, this is not a protest. This is a show of solidarity to defend our marine life and our waters," said Jordan.
According to the group, more than 5,000 people participated in demonstrations across Florida.
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