Suncoast Sierra Club
National Organization For Women Florida PAC
State and Local Leaders
Who is Elizabeth “Sea Turtle” Drayer?
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from George Washington University. For the last 22 years she has lived in Clearwater, raising two daughters with her husband Michael. Her legal experience includes work for government, industry and nonprofits. Elizabeth has served on city boards and chaired nonprofit committees, volunteered in schools and for many charities. A lifelong musician, she’s entertained at nursing homes, community and education events.
Why is Elizabeth running for mayor?
Decades of advocacy convinced her that current laws can’t halt the planet’s decline. Red tide and algae pollute the water and harm our health. Pesticides turn up in breast milk and the cereal we feed our kids. Whales wash up dead and bloated with plastic, bird and butterfly numbers are plummeting. Still we keep paving the beaches and cutting down trees, driving out wildlife that call these places home. The planet’s in crisis but government sticks its head in the sand. A mayor who represents nature will make a powerful statement that Clearwater wants to turn things around.
What are some of Elizabeth's civic and volunteer activities?
- Clearwater Charter Review Committee
- Clearwater Environmental Advisory Board
- Tampa Bay Estuary Citizen Advisory Committee
- Moccasin Lake Park Comprehensive Plan Committee
- Clearwater Library Board
- Pinellas County Council of PTAs
- Temple Ahavat Shalom Day of Good Deeds Chair
- Pinellas Public Schools Reading Volunteer
- Pinellas Community Orchestra
What is Elizabeth’s plan for Clearwater?
A voice for the voiceless, Elizabeth will speak for nature: the air, water, plants and wildlife that sustain us. This means fewer plastics, pesticides, concrete on the beach. It means more green business, native plants and trees, and renewable energy. It’s always cheaper to prevent pollution than to clean it up! Elizabeth’s goal is to designate one council seat for a guardian of ecosystems, ensuring nature has a permanent voice in city decisions. Other plans include an impact fee on new development to fund the purchase of land to be turned back to nature, protected bike lanes, and more power for the Environmental Advisory Board. When council decisions don’t impact nature, Elizabeth will use her legal knowledge and good judgment to ensure fair and frugal solutions.
Who are some leaders who support Elizabeth?
- Grant Wilson – Executive Director, Earth Law Center
- Cathy Harrelson – Co-founder, St. Petersburg Sustainability Council
- Jan Allyn – Past President, Florida Native Plant Society
- Jason Mastropietro - Clearwater Business Owner and Engineer
- Neil Taylor – Clearwater Business Owner, Strike Three Kayak Fishing
- Ed Karlander – Clearwater Realtor
- Karl Deigert – Co-owner, Anglers Inn and Civic Leader
- Barbara Walker - Manager, Wild Raptor Sanctuary at Moccasin Lake Nature Park
- Lynne Lloveras - Clearwater Physical Therapist and Past PTA President
- Julie Becker - Attorney and Former Board Chair at Ten Thousand Villages National Capital Area
- Renee Feinman - Pinellas Public School Science Teacher
- and many more