Church of Scientology expresses opposition to proposed aquarium - 2014-10-28
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium [CMA] wants to build a $64 million attraction on a waterfront bluff now occupied by Clearwater City Hall. The church owns property on two sides of the site, including the renovated Fort Harrison Hotel. It pays more than $1 million a year in tourism "bed taxes," and the CMA wants up to $30 million of that revenue stream for its project.
"That was the reason for meeting with us," Commissioner Charlie Justice explained. "To start laying out the plan against voting for that, should we get to that point -- which I assume we will."