Clearwater City Council unconcerned about learning of Scientology's detailed plan from newspaper - 2017-03-09

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F7.png Clearwater City Council unconcerned about learning of Scientology's detailed plan from newspaper March 9, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — One afternoon in late October, City Manager Bill Horne was invited to the Fort Harrison Hotel where Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige shared details about the church's long-rumored retail strategy.

Until that meeting, elected officials and downtown followers knew Scientology was working on some kind of general business plan, but the church had kept the specifics and overall concept secret.

Miscavige showed Horne and Community Redevelopment Agency director Seth Taylor renderings of a facade overhaul for Cleveland Street and they later learned the church's plan to manage its own retail district through controlling the downtown core, whether by buying property outright or having its parishioners or other willing players as landlords.


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