Campaigns are rumbling ahead of qualifying for Clearwater City Council March election - 2017-09-01

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F7.png Campaigns are rumbling ahead of qualifying for Clearwater City Council March election September 1, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

The election overlaps a pivotal time in the city, when officials are implementing a $55 million waterfront redevelopment plan, addressing regional transportation concerns and facing an uncertain relationship with downtown's largest property owner, the Church of Scientology.

City Manager Bill Horne said that during a meeting earlier this year, he asked Scientology leader David Miscavige how the church would react if the city bought a 1.4 acre vacant property Scientology also wanted. Horne said Miscavige responded that he'd wait to collaborate and "work with the next council."

Since the City Council voted 5-0 to buy the property April 20, Scientology officials have had little communication with Horne's staff, ignoring most of their calls and emails.


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