City: Competing Scientology-related events 'the last thing we need for our downtown' - 2018-01-18

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F7.png City: Competing Scientology-related events 'the last thing we need for our downtown' January 18, 2018, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

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.

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{{cite news | first = Tracey | last = McManus | title = City: Competing Scientology-related events 'the last thing we need for our downtown' | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/City-Competing-Scientology-related-events-the-last-thing-we-need-for-our-downtown-_164633450 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = January 18, 2018 | accessdate = January 22, 2018 }}