Clearwater City Council votes 5-0 to buy downtown parcel coveted by the Church of Scientology - 2017-04-20

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F7.png Clearwater City Council votes 5-0 to buy downtown parcel coveted by the Church of Scientology April 20, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — The City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to buy a vacant but high-profile downtown lot from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, intercepting a crucial piece of land the Church of Scientology said it needed for its campus.

A packed auditorium at City Hall greeted the 5-0 decision with applause.

Scientology leader David Miscavige had offered to bankroll a multi-million dollar revitalization of downtown if the city stepped aside and allowed the church to buy the lot, which borders its 13-story Oak Cove religious retreat. He pitched the idea last week to a select group of downtown stakeholders with help from Scientology celebrities like John Travolta, and was willing to pay more than three times what the city was offering.


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