March for the Ocean
Hosted by: Surfrider, Free Our Seas & City of Hollywood
It was a beautiful, sunny morning as Local 10’s Jacey Birch welcomed approximately one thousand thalassophiles: sailors, boaters, surfers, scuba divers, fisherman, scientists, students, artists, environmentalists, and families as they descended on Charnow Park at Hollywood Beach Broadwalk to take part in South Florida's March for the Ocean, which was happening simultaneously around the world.
Led by Fort Lauderdale High School's Drum Line and Fly Girls, marchers paraded in rhythm down the Broadwalk towards the Marine Environmental Education Center where they stopped for icees, water, to view artist, Captain Honk, work on his Cockeyed Blow Fish and say hello to Captain, the resident rescued sea turtle. Some Marchers dressed in ocean and plastic pollution themed costumes and decorated posters sharing their messages of the importance of protecting our oceans. Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr, Florida Senator Gary Farmer, Commissioners Debra Case and Kevin Beirdman and other local lawmakers marched, then made time to speak to attendees about the how critical it is we protect our coastal community.
After the March attendees listened to reggae music spun by DJ Lance O of Kulcha Shok and learned from several environmental/ocean advocates such as: Sea Shepherd, Marine Megafauna Foundation, Plastic Habitat, Sea Turtle Op to name a few. Unique, one-of-kind environmental artwork created by Free Our Seas and Beyond was featured. Both Hope, the Manta Ray, and Manon the MahiMahi, were designed utilizing re-purposed plastic debris collected from the artists daily beach clean up on our very own Hollywood Beach.