Sun, surf and Scientology? - 2006-11-18

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F6.png Sun, surf and Scientology? November 18, 2006, Amy Green, Religion News Service, Seattle Times

Today, Scientologists own much of downtown Clearwater. They"ve given new life to an ailing waterfront. They draw tourists and celebs such as Cruise and John Travolta, and they serve in a host of civic organizations. In one study commissioned by the church, Scientologists' direct spending in the community in 1999 was estimated at $119 million.

But not everyone is pleased. Many residents complain the church, its controversial history and unique beliefs alienate residents from a downtown that, despite the development and prime location minutes from the beach, remains sleepy. Downtown may look better, they say, but unless you"re a Scientologist there's little reason to go there.

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{{cite news | first = Amy | last = Green | title = Sun, surf and Scientology? | url = | work = Religion News Service | publisher = Seattle Times | date = November 18, 2006 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}