Scientology digging more hooks into Clearwater


Jun 3, 2003
Scientology digging more hooks into Clearwater
St. Petersburg Times |
"Scientologists now own more than 200 shops, restaurants, service outlets and small businesses in and around Clearwater's downtown. Many employ fellow Scientologists. WISE's Clearwater membership stands at 687, more than triple what it was five years ago. More growth is coming. Scientologists will open twice as many businesses in the next five years, Reichel predicts. As many as 900 condos and townhouses are to be developed downtown, mostly by Scientologists... Already the largest property owner downtown, the church next year will open its $50-million Flag Building, sitting on a full city block across from the church's Clearwater icon, the Fort Harrison Hotel... 'You can't separate Salt Lake City and the Mormons, and you can't separate Clearwater and Scientology,' said Ray Cassano, a Scientologist whose 146-unit downtown condo tower will rise next door to the historic post office."

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