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Activists protest: say oil slick will suffocate Florida beaches


MIAMI, FLORIDA (WKOW) -- It was a day on the beach for environmentalists gathering in Miami.

Activists walked along Miami Beach, holding giant tarp symbols over the heads of vacationers.

They say of the oil slick that's looming out in the Gulf of Mexico could suffocate Florida beaches over the summer season if it's not stopped at the underwater well head soon.

A moratorium has kept oil rigs away from Florida beaches for years. Now environmentalists are seeking a permanent ban on oil platforms within 10 miles off the Florida coast.

Wisconsin vacationer Krisann Robar can't see what all the fuss is about.

"There's no point in us going overseas to buy oil when we have it here because a bunch of hippies don't want to drill," Robar said.

Florida lawmakers like state Senator Dan Gelber of Miami have called for a return to Tallahassee for a special legislative session regarding a constitutional ban.

"If the oil lobby has an opportunity to put rigs within four miles off our coast, they will," Gelber said. "They will absolutely do it, unless it is in Florida's constitution that they cannot do it."

The proposal would allow voters to decide this fall whether to institute a permanent ocean oil-drilling ban.

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