For once Scientology gives up on Ideal Org, settles for a fancy 'mission' instead - 2020-02-23
This week Scientology opened an 'Ideal Mission' in San José, Costa Rica. They have abandoned the plan to open an Ideal Org in the capital city and have sold the property they purchased for that purpose. As they did in Panama, an Ideal Mission will have to serve in place of Latin America's third Ideal Org (the other two are in Mexico City and Bogotá). (Artist's conception of the Costa Rica Ideal Org)
Scientology in Costa Rica came to our attention in 2015 when the organization bought the Ambassador Hotel. The 74-room hotel was in disrepair but came complete with large conference rooms, business offices and a casino license. The new building is much smaller, with only two stories instead of the Ambassador's six. The abandoned hotel was sold and the new owners have renovated it.
We don't have a list of the speakers at the opening ceremony in yet, but the event featured a troupe of local dancers that performed before the ribbon cutting.