What Clearwater's City Council thinks about Scientology's downtown takeover - 2019-10-20

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F7.png What Clearwater's City Council thinks about Scientology's downtown takeover October 20, 2019, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — The mayor now wonders whether the city's $64 million downtown waterfront redevelopment project is a wise expenditure.

Another City Council member is hoping "we'll get lucky" and the federal government will revisit the Church of Scientology's tax exempt status.

A third is unperturbed, pointing out that when Walt Disney did outside of Orlando what Scientology is doing in Clearwater, Orlando got Disney World.

All three council members were reacting to a Sunday Tampa Bay Times investigation that revealed $103 million in commercial land purchases tied to Scientology in the center of downtown Clearwater, around the church's international spiritual headquarters. The recent purchases doubled the combined footprint of the church and its followers, giving Scientology a commanding say in the area's future.

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{{cite news | author = Tracey McManus | title = What Clearwater's City Council thinks about Scientology's downtown takeover | url = https://www.tampabay.com/news/clearwater/2019/10/20/what-clearwaters-city-council-thinks-about-scientologys-downtown-takeover/ | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = October 20, 2019 | accessdate = October 25, 2019 }}