Drilling protesters join hands on oil stained beaches

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of people including Florida's governor joined hands on an oil-stained strip of beach in the Florida Panhandle as part of an international demonstration against offshore drilling.

Organizers of "Hands Across the Sand" said similar protests were held at beaches around the nation and in several foreign countries Saturday.

The demonstration also was intended to show support for clean alternatives to fossil fuels.

Gov. Charlie Crist returned to Pensacola Beach, where he walked with President Barack Obama on the snow white sand June 15.

That was before gobs of oil from BP's spill in the Gulf of Mexico came ashore last week.

Demonstrators shared the beach with heavy equipment standing by in case more oil comes ashore.

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