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700 Join Hands Around Lake Ella for Clean Energy

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Tallahassee, FL – Saturday saw hundreds of anti-oil drilling "Hands Across the Sand" events worldwide. In Tallahassee, some 700 protesters - including a number of political candidates - turned out at Lake Ella. Margie Menzel reports.

The organizers had hoped for 1,000 people to join hands around the lake's circumference, but settled for about two-thirds of the way. A rousing welcome was given three members of the Leon County Commission, which had passed a resolution endorsing the event and calling for clean energy alternatives. County Commissioner Akin Akinyemi encouraged the crowd to act locally.

"We have to start with our local government, because right now nothing stops any municipal or private political from setting its own standard," he said. "You don't need Big Brother to tell you to do the right thing - you can do it yourself right now."

Also on hand: a dozen candidates for local and state office. Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Crist joined hundreds of demonstrators on an oil-stained strip of Pensacola Beach.