In an announcement from Governor Charlie Crist received by Historic City News earlier today, our reporters learned that the governor participated in the “Hands Across the Sand” event at the Navarre Pier on Pensacola Beach.
“Hands Across the Sand” participants gathered today for similar events at St. Augustine Beach and on other St. Johns County beaches — as well as throughout the United States and around the world for the common purpose of bringing attention to the dangers of offshore oil drilling.
The organization also encourages policies that will increase the use and development of clean and renewable energy sources.
Historic City News was told that Governor Crist continues his efforts to encourage legislators to support a constitutional amendment that would give Floridians the opportunity to choose whether or not to ban drilling off Florida’s shores.
Earlier this week, Governor Crist requested faster cleanup and more skimmers and boom from Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett after taking an aerial and shoreline tour of the oil spill with oceanography experts and meeting with leaders of the United States Coast Guard.
Governor Crist also requested from BP a complete electronic file of every business, individual, and government claim. He asked for the information to be updated weekly and to include the status of each claim. Data will be used to evaluate the claims process and measure the economic impact of the losses to all level of governments throughout Florida.