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Activist uses holiday weekend to detour beach goers

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

It's needless to say the Coast has come a long way from the devastation of the oil spill this time last year, but a group that calls themselves Coastal Justice said 'we're not yet fully recovered, yet.'

Today members of that group were unashamed as they voiced their concerns to beach goers.

With her microphone in hand Laurie Lambert strolled through the beach in Gulfport interacting with the crowd.

Lambert started a Facebook group in November called Coastal Justice as a means of voicing her concerns in South Mississippi. Her groups latest worry is the cleanliness of the water.

"Yeah, I'm for tourism, but why take the chance of people swimming in the water that's obviously dirty" said Lambert. "There's still toxic foam washing up, there's still a sewage leak that was in Gulfport. There's dead sea turtles and dolphins washing up on our beaches."

Lambert has lived on the Coast for more than 30 years. She said her message is not to be confused with negativity because she loves the Coast. She said she just wants others to be cautious.

"I'm just trying to serve the public and just tell them what I know and what I believe. And these are my opinions, I'm sure there are many others," Lambert explained.

Whether or not you agree with her, there are many other opinions floating out there. Some opinions are for and others are against her stance.

"She's doing a very good thing because in the long run, it's going to have effects, but I don't see it personally right here in the moment. But it's here, there and yonder and I think-yeah, she's doing a very good thing," said one by-stander.

Shaneatha Mason, a nurse said her background in the medical field alone tells her that nothing is wrong with the water.

"Me and my children have been here for the past three days and we haven't seen anything out of the ordinary. It's fine. Nothing has happened. We haven't had any allergic reactions. Nothings going on. It's good," said Mason.

The Department of Marine Resources has not issued any kind of warning or safety advisory about the water.

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