Did Scientology Pay $3 Million To Foil an "Independent Scientology Org" in Clearwater? - 2013-09-26
The Arnold Building Last night, Tampa Bay Times reporter Charlie Frago published another fascinating scoop: The Church of Scientology paid a premium — more than $3 million — for a parcel of land in a key downtown Clearwater, Florida location which included an aging five-story office building.
Frago said the church wasn't saying why it paid so much money for a collection of properties that the county had assessed at about $610,000. Rumors, he said, had the church buying the land for new housing for workers, or perhaps for a retirement home for church employees.
A retirement home. Yeah, that's a good one.