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Clear Takeover - How Scientology doubled its downtown Clearwater footprint in 3 years

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  1. Clear Takeover - How Scientology doubled its downtown Clearwater footprint in 3 years.

    Tampa Bay Times: Clear Takeover - How Scientology doubled its downtown Clearwater footprint in 3 years.

    Story by TRACEY McMANUS

    Graphics by ELI MURRAY

    Times Staff Writers

    Oct. 20, 2019

    https://projects.tampabay.com/projects/2019/investigations/scientology-clearwater-real-estate/


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    THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY and companies run by its members spent $103 million over the past three years buying up vast sections of downtown Clearwater.

    They now own most commercial property on every block within walking distance of the waterfront, putting the secretive church firmly in control of the area’s future.

    Most of the sales have not previously been reported. The Tampa Bay Times discovered them by reviewing more than 1,000 deeds and business records, then interviewed more than 90 people to reconstruct the circumstances surrounding the transactions.

    Even city leaders said they didn’t know the full extent of the purchases until they were shown maps created by the Times.

    The church, its members and companies they control now own 185 properties that cover 101 acres in the center of downtown.

    Half the properties were bought since January 2017.

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    From the tweet of the story by the Tampa Bay Times:

    https://twitter.com/TB_Times/status/1185879319517761536

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    It took one of our reporters six months to discover and unravel a series of mysterious land deals that could reshape downtown Clearwater. She found a common thread: They all linked back to #Scientology.

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  2. Aaron Smith-Levin on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/GrowingupinSCN/status/1186327872396496896

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    Brand new magazine from Scientology today. Guess who they say is the real block to revitalizing downtown Clearwater? The Tampa Bay Times and Tracey McManus!!

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  3. Scientology Freedom Magazine "I am a citizen of Clearwater. I am a Scientologist" issue on the web.

    Code:
    https://www.freedommag.org/magazine/florida/


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