Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Officially Launched: Tour for the Shore 2012

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2012

Press Contact:
Clean Ocean Action - 732-872-0111

Ocean Defenders Launch “Tour for the Shore” Campaign

The First Paddle, Bike, and Rally Planned 

from Cape May, NJ to Montauk, NY

Beach-goers urged to “Get in Motion for the Ocean” mid-August 2012 to raise awareness of ocean pollution threats, and support for a Clean Ocean Zone

Visit CleanOcean.Wordpress.com or www.CleanOceanZone.org to find out more
about the Tour for the Shore 2012 and how you can get involved!

Across New York and New Jersey - Clean Ocean Action (COA) a coalition of over 130 organizations, will journey from Cape May, New Jersey to Montauk, New York to bring attention to the need for a clean ocean and educate the public about the New Jersey/New York Clean Ocean Zone Initiative.  This fifteen-day campaign from August 10-24, will take place on land and by sea – with rallies everywhere in between.

Facing threats from ocean blasting for oil and gas development, pollution, and reckless development, the Clean Ocean Zone initiative was created by concerned citizens along the New York and New Jersey coastlines to lock-out harmful pollution and industrial activities off the coast while locking-in permanent protection for future generations.  The ultimate goal is for the citizen-drafted federal law to be enacted.

Joined by friends and supporters of the ocean, ocean advocate and paddling enthusiast Margo Pellegrino will travel by outrigger canoe along the shoreline while Clean Ocean Action’s Coastal Policy Attorney Sean Dixon hits the pavement on a road bicycle.  Rallies, action-tables, and beach teams will be held along the way in every coastal district and elected leaders will be urged to participate and support the initiative.  The tour is scheduled to take place during the peak of the shore’s tourist season providing the coalition the opportunity to reach tens of thousands of people with one message: “ The time is now for the Clean Ocean Zone.”

The Tour will be kicking off on August 10th, 2012 in Cape May and making its way up the coast, through New York City, and along the South Shore of Long Island.  The Tour will finish in Montauk, NY on Friday, August 24th, 2012.  To finish strong, there will be a 100-mile “Century Ride” from Babylon, NY to Montauk kicking off at the break of dawn on Friday the 24th – bringing Dixon and other cyclists to Montauk at the same time as Pellegrino and other paddlers-at-sea.

For details about the legs, dates, and locations of the Tour visit www.cleanoceanzone.org

To find out more about this summer’s tour and to find out how to participate, please visit www.cleanoceanaction.org or call Clean Ocean Action at 732-872-0111.

Tour Dates & Route Rally Stops 
Friday, August 10 - Cape May Point Launch – Avalon
Saturday, August 11 - Avalon – Ocean City – Atlantic City
Sunday, August 12 - Atlantic City – South Long Beach – Barnegat Light
Monday, August 13 - Barnegat Light – Seaside – Point Pleasant Beach
Tuesday, August 14 - Point Pleasant – Belmar – Sandy Hook
Wednesday, August 15 - Sandy Hook – Keansburg – Staten Island – Manhattan
Thursday, August 16 - Weather/Flex Day
Friday, August 17 - Manhattan – Coney Island – Atlantic Beach
Saturday, August 18 - Atlantic Beach – Robert Moses State Park
Sunday, August 19 - Robert Moses State Park – Mastic Beach
Monday, August 20 - Weather/Flex Day
Tuesday, August 21 - Mastic Beach – Shinnecock County Park
Wednesday, August 22 - Weather/Flex Day
Thursday, August 23 - Shinnecock County Park – Montauk Point
Friday August 24 - Long Island Century Ride & Final Celebration in Montauk

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