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