10.18.21 Crowd turns out in Laguna Beach to endorse ban on offshore oil drilling

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Andrew Turner

Orange County beaches have reopened, but local officials and environmentalists are endeavoring to make sure the recent oil spill and its impacts are not soon forgotten.

A crowd of hundreds showed up to support speakers at a news conference calling for an end to offshore oil drilling on Monday at Main Beach Park in Laguna Beach.

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Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) has repeatedly said the oil spill was the community’s worst fears come to life.

“We are so blessed to be here as stewards of this ocean and as stewards of this planet,” Petrie-Norris said. “We must ensure that another disaster like this does not occur on our watch.”