Central Florida Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider Foundation’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation’s 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. More Details
June 1, 2010 | 3 Comments

OIL Spill Response

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Offshore Drilling is Not The Answer: Restore the Moratorium

The tragic and devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder that offshore oil drilling is not the answer.

Central Florida will join hands with Cocoa Beach for the National
“Hands Across the Sand”
Saturday June 26th, 11a-12:30p
Lori Wilson Park- Cocoa Beach, FL

Surfrider Foundation members will meet at beaches, all across FL and join hands to bring awareness to our stance against offshore oil drilling. Everyone is invited to join Surfrider Foundation members at several locations in Florida.

The Central Florida Chapter of Surfrider will officially be meeting at Lori Wilson Park (North Lot) at 11am to give plenty of time for everyone to show up, while we do a beach clean up. At 11:45 we will “Join Hands” and show our strength in unity. This will give time for photo’s, videos, etc. so we can get good coverage to hit the larger market via news sources. We are asking participants to wear something black (oil).
Also, keep in mind that parking may be an issue, so
*carpool when possible and arrive early*.
You may even want to arrive early enough to join a group of members for some surfing before the event.

Surfrider Foundation needs your help with this important event.
The Florida Chapters of Surfrider Foundation along with the Sierra Club will meet again at beaches throughout the State and join hands to bring awareness to the offshore oil drilling issue.

There will also be events in the First Coast area (Jax Beach, St.Augustine), Flagler pier, Volusia, Indian River, West Palm, all the way down to Miami, as well as those feeling the brunt of the oil slick disaster, the Suncoast (Tampa/St.Pete) and Pensacola Chapters.

The Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the ecologically rich waters in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to gush 210,000 gallons of oil into the sea every day. The spill remains unabated and now has the potential to become one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The unfolding catastrophe clearly illustrates that offshore drilling is not safe and new technology is not fool proof.

We are reminded why the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill led to state and federal moratoriums on offshore oil drilling. The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico makes it clear that it is time once again time to restore those moratoriums.

Link to more information:

http://action.surfrider.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1727

If you want to volunteer to work on the gulf coast go to:

http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/

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