Scientology retaliates against Clearwater land deal by trying to shiv a beloved dolphin - 2017-04-26
Yesterday in Florida, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners met to discuss, among other matters, a windfall of cash. The county has almost $86 million that has been collected in a tourist tax, and the state mandates that the money be spent on a sort of wish list — capital improvement projects that otherwise wouldn't get funding. So, during its meeting yesterday, the board was hearing from applicants who were in line to receive the money, such as the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, which plays its spring training in Pinellas County. Team president Mark Shapiro was even on hand to encourage the commissioners to approve $46.5 million in funding to help the team improve its Dunedin stadium.
The second largest share of the cash — $26 million — is slated for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to help it complete a major expansion, but during the meeting no one from the public took the opportunity to speak for or against it.
We expected that someone might speak against the aquarium funding because just the day before, the Church of Scientology had delivered to the county commissioners a vicious attack on the aquarium in the form of a seven-page letter from Scientology attorney Monique Yingling.