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Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. "The madness has to stop," said Gruninger. "We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels." Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bonita Springs residents Chris Bevers, from left, Ronda Esenberg and Dawn Salter hold up signs for a small plane in the sky during Hands Across the Sand - worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling - held Saturday on Bonita Beach.  The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Nancy Koerner, a writer and public speaker, dons black tears to express how she feels about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico during Hands Across the Sand - worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling - held Saturday on Bonita Beach.  The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bobbie Lee Gruninger tells people to spread out and hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Two petitions are passed around the Hands Across the Sand event in Bonita Springs - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Nancy Koerner, a writer and public speaker, drums while people hold hands during Hands Across the Sand - worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling - held Saturday on Bonita Beach.  The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Estero Resident Pam Mettley, center, holds hands with others along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bobbie Lee Gruninger tells people to spread out and hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of the public hold hands along the shore of Bonita Beach on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted - we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event - one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida. Lexey Swall/Staff

Members of the public came together to hold hands along the shore of Southwest Florida beaches on Saturday during Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide event held in protest of offshore drilling. The event took place in 34 countries and 730 separate places in the United States according to Bobbie Lee Gruninger, the Bonita Springs event organizer. 'The madness has to stop,' said Gruninger. 'We're devastating our environment, wildlife is dying, water is being polluted — we need to push the government toward clean energy and off dirty fuels.' Two petitions were being passed around at the event — one that will be sent to President Barack Obama asking for clean energy in 20 years and another for local volunteers to help with cleanup if the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill comes to the shores of Southwest Florida.

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