Blog: Scientology Takes Clearwater For Suckers - 2014-11-05
There has been considerable media attention to the church opposition to the Clearwater Aquarium development on the site right behind the Fort Harrison. Fox News weighed in. Then the Tampa Bay Times and then the TBT wrote an editorial.
The church cites a Florida State University (FSU) study showing the economic impact they have in the local community and somehow "reason" that the Aquarium would be a bad idea. They also cite to an Urban Land Institute (ULI) study commissioned by the city to puff up their importance (as they said the city and the church should "work together") though it is a little curious as the ULI were VERY much in favor of the downtown aquarium development.
Frankly, it is hard to imagine ANYTHING that Clearwater could do to help revitalize the downtown, and change it's image OTHER than highlight this aquarium. The ONLY thing Clearwater is known for apart from being the cult headquarters of scientology is Winter and the aquarium, made famous by the movie Dolphin Tale and its sequel.