Legal glitch delays Clearwater vote on property Church of Scientology covets - 2017-03-13

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F7.png Legal glitch delays Clearwater vote on property Church of Scientology covets March 13, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — The City Council's vote scheduled for Thursday on whether to buy a 1.4-acre downtown lot coveted by the Church of Scientology has been delayed a month because it wasn't properly advertised.

In June, someone submitted a public records request asking for two appraisals the city ordered on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium-owned property on the corner of Pierce Street and Osceola Avenue across the street from City Hall.

The city declined to release the records, citing an exemption in state law allowing municipalities to keep appraisals of property they're pursuing secret until a contract is considered by the council.


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