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'Hands Along the Water' rallies on held on Fort Myers Beach and beyond

Posted at 7:44 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 18:30:33-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Water quality activist made their voices heard in the fight for clean water.

Over the weekend, a rally called "Hands Across the Water" was held across the state of Florida, including in Naples, Fort Myers Beach, West Palm Beach, and Tampa.

The point of the rally was to bring awareness to the red tide problem and the resulting fish kills. Activists say the red tide is happening because of the Lake Okeechobee water releases.

Brittany Merring, who is one of the event organizers says this issue affects everyone in the state, not just people on the coast.

"We need to be aware because it's going affect all of us, said Merring." "You may not think about it, you might live 10 to 15 miles from the beach. But eventually, it's going affect your children, affect your drinking water, and your future. So we need to just continuously share, keep the momentum going. Keep it peaceful, keep politics aside so we can come together and stand as one."

The event organizer said the line of people on Fort Myers Beach stretched from the Lani Kai Resort all the way to the Fort Myers Beach Pier.