Church of Scientology ups bid for Clearwater Marine Aquarium land to $15 million - 2017-04-06

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F7.png Church of Scientology ups bid for Clearwater Marine Aquarium land to $15 million April 6, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has offered the Clearwater Marine Aquarium nearly four times what the city is preparing to pay for a vacant downtown property.

The church offered the aquarium $15 million for the 1.4-acre lot, Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw confirmed, far exceeding the $4.25 million deal the City Council will vote to close on April 20.

It is the second time in three weeks Scientology leader David Miscavige has tried to outbid the city — aquarium officials passed on a $12.5 million offer the church made March 11, opting not to sell before the city has a chance to vote.


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