Scientology sends city a message: Don't let religious bias affect land deal - 2017-07-01

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F7.png Scientology sends city a message: Don't let religious bias affect land deal July 1, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — A Church of Scientology lawyer says the city's recent decision to back away from a land swap with the church was "unfounded," and she signaled in a letter that her clients will be watching to see if religious discrimination might be at play.

The lawyer, Monique Yingling of Washington, D.C., said the swap had been in the works for six months, with city staff never expressing "even a hint of a concern" about needing the three small parcels it would be giving up. Plus, the city would be gaining, in exchange, a vacant lot on Cleveland Street it needs for parking worth $175,000 more than the three parcels combined.

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