David Miscavige wants to turn Clearwater into Scientology's Vatican - but can he? - 2017-03-12
On Tuesday, Scientology leader David Miscavige will be meeting individually with Clearwater city councilmembers after the unprecedented one-on-one sitdowns were delayed from last week. The meetings with Miscavige are not only exceedingly rare, but they will occur just two days before the council holds a March 16 vote whether to purchase a 1.4-acre parcel of land on the Clearwater waterfront that is owned by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The parcel was once intended as the new downtown home of the aquarium, a project Scientology opposed. The aquarium changed its plans, making the land available. The city's plan to purchase it is part of a waterfront redevelopment effort it calls "Imagine Clearwater." But Scientology would like to get its hands on the land to build another hotel for its wealthy members who come to town for expensive services.