Nature's Voice in
City Government

Endorsed by:

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

The Sea Turtle Promise

To speak
for nature.

To make ethical decisions
free of self-dealing.

To never waste
taxpayer funds.

Elizabeth on the Issues

I’m running to represent nature – nature that we’ve ignored for too long. But other issues affect residents and I have positions on all of them.

NEIGHBORHOODS

They’re the backbone of our city and we must provide robust services to all. The council must consider citizens’ views before making decisions. Residents must be informed about plans for development BEFORE they’re a done deal and we’re stuck with them.

SAFETY

Police and firefighters deserve our utmost support - they risk their lives for the community. The pension increases they sacrificed during the financial downturn should be restored. Staffing and equipment should be reviewed to ensure both are adequate to meet neighborhood needs. We need to establish goals to reduce violent crime and improve traffic safety, with benchmarks to measure progress.

JOBS

Set up a task force to bring green businesses and technology to the city, to diversify the economy and make Clearwater cleaner and healthier. Look beyond downtown to corridors like Drew Street and US 19 to grow new business. Invest in opportunity zones and establish a Community Redevelopment Area in North Greenwood. Connect businesses with city programs that can help them thrive.

HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness downtown persists and is spreading. Current services aren’t helping those fighting addiction and mental illness. The city should investigate funding a shelter and staffing it with professionals that can connect residents with needed services.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

We’ve built some, but we need more. Too many who work in the city can’t afford to live here. To make it happen: establish trust funds and rent to own options, reserve a portion of apartment buildings for workforce housing, give tax credits to employers who provide housing assistance to workers.

FIXING DOWNTOWN

Expand Coachman Park and lease the perimeter for retail, restaurants and residences. This can rev up businesses and give residents a place to go. Say NO to multimillion dollar add-ons that voters never approved, like the oversized amphitheater that will operate in the red. Charge vacancy fees when storefronts remain empty too long.

FIXING THE BEACH

End coastal construction and restore natural buffers to sea level rise. Revise development codes and zoning to prohibit building in areas that will become flood prone. As buildings age out, replace them with low-rise, ecofriendly structures that don’t wall off the beach, can adapt to sea level rise, and are less destructive to wildlife. Increasing beach density was a huge mistake that ignored science -- now citizens will have to pay.