Church of Scientology resists Clearwater aquarium's plans to move downtown - 2014-10-29

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F7.png Church of Scientology resists Clearwater aquarium's plans to move downtown October 29, 2014, Mike Brassfield, Tampa Bay Times

Officials from the Church of Scientology, the biggest property owner in downtown Clearwater, are quietly lobbying Pinellas County commissioners, voicing their opposition to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's plans to relocate downtown.

Clearwater residents voted last December to allow the aquarium to lease public land on the downtown bluff, and the city's elected leaders unanimously support the relocation.

Scientology representatives have been meeting with county commissioners who will decide whether the aquarium gets bed tax dollars, which would be a significant source of funding for its expansion.


{{cite news | first = Mike | last = Brassfield | author2 = Tony Marrero | title = Church of Scientology resists Clearwater aquarium's plans to move downtown | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/church-of-scientology-resists-clearwater-aquariums-plans-to-move-downtown/2204311 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = October 29, 2014 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}