Clearwater City Council again thwarts Scientology land deal - 2017-06-14
CLEARWATER — The City Council blocked another land deal involving the Church of Scientology on Wednesday night, adding uncertainty to its already tense relationship with downtown's largest landowner.
Discussions began late last year over the city trading three properties it owns to the church for a lot east of downtown to be used for retail parking. The church wants two of the city's parcels for part of its proposed L. Ron Hubbard Hall downtown.
But the City Council voted 4-1 to postpone a decision indefinitely, with member Bob Cundiff in opposition.