Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second time in one year - 2018-04-20
In June, after months of negotiations with city staff, the Church of Scientology bought a vacant lot on the edge of downtown for the purpose of trading it for three small city-owned parcels.
Now it's likely Scientology will keep control of what downtown's Community Redevelopment Agency director calls "a key acquisition piece" for the city.
The City Council on Thursday killed the deal with Scientology when no council member seconded a motion to declare the three city-owned properties surplus. Because they did not take that step, the contract for the land swap did not even go to a vote as scheduled.