Dozens gather on beach for Hands Across the Sand rally

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Hands Across the Sand Rally (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The rain did not stop a handful of people from gathering on different beaches in the area to protest offshore drilling Saturday.

“I’m inspired by this. It’s a horrible and rainy day here on beautiful Kure Beach and we got, you know, two tents full of people here. I think it’s great,” organizer Dana Sargent said.

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Dozens of people came out to participate in the Hands Across the Sand international demonstration. One Kure Beach resident said he wanted to make his voice heard about offshore drilling and reusable energy.

“It means there is community support, it means that people need to get together and band together to send a voice to Raleigh and Washington that this is what is important,” resident John Shalanski said.

One message Shalanski said he hopes the day brings is that this issue should be a number one priority.



“I hope that people hear the message that people are out here in the rain and shine, and it looks like it’s going to be rain, to send the message that this is our desire. This is what people want,” Shalanski said.

Different organizations like Surfrider and Sierra Club hosted this event and were happy to see others support them. One organizer said seeing others take part in this event was inspiring.

“Our environment is endangered and this is the legacy that we are leaving our children and future generations,” Shalanski said.

There was also a Hands Across the Sand rally at Wrightsville Beach.