Church entered Clearwater on path of deceit - 1980-01-09
A MIDDLE-AGED man in a green jump suit appeared in mid-November to say that he, Sorel Allen, was "director of membership and public affairs" for United Churches of Florida. He said the buildings would be leased to United Churches, a new organization organized by laymen interested in the religious truths of all denominations, and he said this ecumenical group would hold meetings and seminars for persons of all faiths, and everything would be very open.
But Kenneth Seidenberg, an attorney for Jack Tar Hotels, told the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 5 that the sale of the Fort Harrison was "one of the strangest transactions we've ever dealt in." Southern Land Sales wouldn't even give Jack Tar its telephone number, he said.