Setbacks at Enterprise Florida, in downtown Clearwater deliver one-two punch to job recruiting - 2017-03-07
A more unusual complication is emerging in Clearwater, where city officials are about to surrender responsibility for economic development and business recruitment in much of the city's downtown. As reported in the Tampa Bay Times, the Church of Scientology has a plan to control a large swath of downtown real estate and create a master retail district that will operate under its management and oversight.
City manager Bill Horne tells the Times he's willing to let Scientology officials take the lead on recruiting businesses in the hope they can find the economic solution that has eluded the city government.
"We have to try something," Horne said. "We haven't been successful on our own."