Talk about 'enabling' Scientology, watch this craven plan to kick Mark Bunker off board - 2021-04-08
In 1997, when the death of Lisa McPherson had plunged the city of Clearwater into a frenzy of bad press and even the New York Times had come down to the Florida gulf town to cover the controversy, writer Douglas Franz found at least one local figure arguing that the town needed to find a way to appreciate the Church of Scientology, which had surreptitiously moved into town in 1975.
Others argue for more pragmatism, contending that accepting the Scientologists is the only way to revive downtown.
"The are not going to go away," said Elise K. Winters, a lawyer and former chairwoman of the Downtown Development Board. "You can either treat them like the boogeyman and give downtown to them or you can treat them like any other property owner. You've got to decide if you want downtown to succeed or you want to nurse old grudges."
More than 23 years later, Ms. Winters showed last night just how much she was willing to help Scientology with one of its biggest problems in today's downtown Clearwater.