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      People join hands against off shore drilling

      Photo Credit: Lindsey Theis

      Saturday, people on the Grand Strand and in places around the world joined hands for Hands Across the Sand.

      This is the second year for the event that brings people together who opposed expanded off shore oil drilling.

      According to the group's website, the hand holding visual is meant to send a powerful message to nation leaders.

      "We are unified in the defense of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we consume from dangerous, dirty energy sources," the website says.

      The Hands Across the Sand movement is fairly new. This is just the second year for the peaceful protest. February 13, 2010, some 10,000 Floridians across 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches held a similar demonstration gathering against where near and offshore oil drilling occurred. By June of 2010, Hands Across the Sand began holding National and Global protests in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

      In Myrtle Beach Saturday, a group of about 30 people gathered at Plyler Park near 10th Avenue North. They walked down to the beach at noon and stood silently for 15 minutes.

      Organizer Mary Max Neely said it's important to keep the issue in the forefront even one year after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.