So so so so proud of all these folks. Will it be enough to get our voices heard?
Thousands of protesters stretched across Jensen and Stuart beaches Sunday as part of a rally against discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary.
And they say they won’t stop protesting until they win the fight.
According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, between 2,000 to 2,500 people showed up to create the human chain across the Martin County shoreline, but organizers Evan Miller and Clint Starling estimates more than 5,000 took part.
“We connected the chain all the way to Jensen,” Miller said at Stuart Beach.
It was the second protest put on by Miller and Starling to challenge millions of gallons of water being discharged daily from the lake and local runoff into the Indian River Lagoon. A South Florida Water Management District official said last week there’s a good chance the lake releases will continue at some level through the winter and possibly into the spring.
Protesters arrived at the beaches wearing costumes and wielding signs expressing their displeasure with the state of the waterway.
More than 5,000 gathered at the first protest Aug. 3 at Phipps Park in Stuart.
“This is a remarkable event showing broad-based community support to demand cleaning up our waterways,” said Martin County Commissioner John Haddox at the Sunday rally.
Miller said another rally was in the works, but an exact date and time had not been set yet.
“I’m glad that people are coming out to show their support to save the lagoon,” said Mike Schneider of Hobe Sound. “It needs to be done. Change needs to happen now.”