Clearwater fines Scientology $413,500 - 2011-08-25
When the building was finally finished in June, that $450,000 bill became due. But the church asked the city to reduce its fine by 90 percent, to reflect its "good faith" effort in bringing the building to code.
That request went to the city's resident-led Code Enforcement Board, which has a record of leniency and decimating fines. But board members voted unanimously to keep the fines mostly untouched, saying the church had long ignored the city's rules.
"This board's order was not taken seriously," member Sheila Cole said. "That really bothers me."