Scientologists and others step up the pressure as Clearwater nears vote on prized parcel - 2017-04-18

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F7.png Scientologists and others step up the pressure as Clearwater nears vote on prized parcel April 18, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — The $19 million Skyview condo being built downtown with a penthouse for actor Tom Cruise could be the last investment developer Cleman Agami ever makes in the city.

That will be one of the consequences if the City Council votes Thursday to buy a 1.4 acre vacant lot the Church of Scientology also is lobbying to purchase, Agami warned in an email to City Council member Bill Jonson.

By buying the Pierce Street property, the city would be sabotaging "over $60 million in hard cash investments" from the church, Agami, a Scientologist, wrote, referring to a proposal by church leader David Miscavige to bankroll a retail and entertainment overhaul in downtown, provided he gets control of the waterfront parcel.


{{cite news | author = Tracey McManus | title = Scientologists and others step up the pressure as Clearwater nears vote on prized parcel | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/scientologists-and-others-step-up-the-pressure-as-clearwater-nears-vote-on/2320632 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = April 18, 2017 | accessdate = August 2, 2017 }}