Election could put majority Scientologists on Clearwater downtown board - 2019-09-30
CLEARWATER — For an elected body, the Downtown Development Board's power goes only so far. It does not have authority to pass city ordinances or hire and fire staff.
Its influence lies in helping shape how the world sees downtown. Its $267,000 operating budget, funded through a special tax on downtown property owners, is spent on items like festivals and holiday lighting.
But this modest, volunteer board could make history next month with what might be the first elected body comprised of a majority of members of the Church of Scientology, downtown's largest property owner.