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article imageIsland Alex's song 'Drill Baby Drill' debuts nationally Special

By Kay Mathews     Jun 21, 2010 in Environment
A rally for prospective oil spill clean-up volunteers, held in the Florida Keys, was covered by CBS Evening News in a segment aired June 21 and featuring "Drill Baby Drill," a song written and performed by a local singer.
A rally was held on June 17 at Florida Keys Community College on Stock Island. Around 350 prospective volunteers, academicians, environmentalists and local performers took part in the rally for prospective oil spill clean-up volunteers.
According to KeysNet, Steve Hartman of CBS News was “on hand to take part in the event as part of his recurring ‘Assignment America’ segment on the ‘CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.’" Hartman’s segment will air during the June 21 broadcast.
The broadcast will feature a debut performance of Island Alex’s song “Drill Baby Drill.” Alex Okinczyc (pronounced o-KIN-zick) is known in Key West as “Island Alex.”
Island Alex told that he “wrote the song about a month ago.” Island Alex continued, saying:
My wife and I were very distraught about the spill. This song has nothing to do with political affiliation, it is all about the horrific and wanton destruction of our environment. About the title "Drill Baby Drill", if Joe Citizen says just drill baby drill, he's entitled to his opinion. When politicians say the same thing, as a public statement, it is reckless and irresponsible. The consequences of such actions can be devastating.
Island Alex and his wife, artist Mary Blackman, have lived in Key West for 11 years since his retirement from 27 years of service with the Deerfield Beach, Fla. Fire and Rescue.
Island Alex and one of his  pets.   Key West  Florida.
Island Alex and one of his 'pets.' Key West, Florida.
Stephanie Fields
Island Alex and Mary, like many Key West residents, are concerned that the oil gushing from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico may reach their coastal waters through the loop current.
As of the morning of June 21, Island Alex said that a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that “right now the loop current is being held west and the oil plume is 32 miles from Mexico Beach and 230 miles from St Petersburg, with non-contiguous sheens and scattered tar balls close. ‘Eddy Franklin’, a current, remains detached from the loop current keeping oil debris inside the swirling water, instead of heading to the Florida Keys.”
Residents of the Florida Keys remain cautiously optimistic that the oil will not reach their pristine shores. However, if it does, they are readying themselves. Already Florida Keys Community College has held "Oil Spill Clean-up Worker Training" courses in the areas of OSHA Marine Oil Spill Post Emergency Response Clean-up and Oiled Wildlife Response. A future course is planned for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.
For more information about Island Alex, visit his Facebook page.
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