Scientology, others let code fines mount in Clearwater - 2009-09-11
Next is the Church of Scientology, with $287,000 in liens.
Construction began in 1999 and stopped in 2004 on the church's 380,000-square-foot Mecca Building at 215 St. Ft. Harrison. Two years later, the city's municipal code enforcement board began assessing fines because the church was out of compliance with a permit that required active construction to finish the exterior shell.
The debt has been growing at a rate of $250 a day since June 26, 2006, according to city records.
But like the other code enforcement liens recorded in official records, no one is trying to collect this debt. City policy is to refrain from pursuing construction permit fines until the permit comes back into compliance, which hasn't happened.