City: Competing Scientology-related events 'the last thing we need for our downtown' - 2018-01-18
On Jan. 9, high-profile Scientology defectors Mike Rinder and Aaron Smith-Levin walked into city offices and applied for a permit to close three blocks of Cleveland Street for their "Support Downtown Clearwater" event March 10.
Their goal was to host food vendors and throw a concert to "bring people to the downtown community and create awareness of downtown business opportunities."
The application didn't mention it, but the hook was a meet-and-greet with ex-Scientologists who've appeared on the Emmy award winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series, with which Smith-Levin and Rinder are involved.
Exactly two days later, the city received another event application, this one from the Church of Scientology to host a downtown block party on March 24.