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Church of Scientology works behind the scenes against Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Quentinanon, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. Quentinanon Member

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  2. DeathHamster Member

    Ahahahahahahahaha! Traffic? Hahahahahahaha! Good one!

    The usual creepy stuff by an ex-reporter who sold his soul:
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  3. Jeff Jacobsen Member

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  5. RolandRB Member

    "prepared for the release of New OT IX and X" - oh shit, they are releasing the "real" OT levels where people gain real OT powers! This means their OTs will be able to crush suppression with just their postulates! We are as good as dead.

    Edit: Oh, that was for the year 2000. It's now 2015 and no sign of either OT level. That's a relief!
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  6. RightOn Member

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  7. Quentinanon Member

    The IRS evidently has fuzzy limits on how much lobbying a "church" can do. This crap from the Clearwater Cult goes beyond a political agenda into an economic agenda. It's very hypocritical of the cult to expect public subsidies in the forms of no income tax and property tax abatement, and then want to crush a major revenue centre for the city of Clearwater, county of Pinellas and state of Florida just because it's near their property. I think the cult's activity here could be accurately characterised as evil.
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  8. Quentinanon Member

    "According to aquarium supporters, the aquarium recently got a visit from a Scientology-employed reporter who said the church had an accountant and an economist reviewing the nonprofit's IRS filings and its feasibility study for its proposed new facility."

    Fail Scumbag John Sugg who can no longer receive favours from a sports team, so he whores himself out to scientology:
    http://www.sptimes.com/News/122999/news_pf/TampaBay/VIPs_eat__drink_on_ta.shtml

    "For the first seven home games, records show that the authority spent an average of $612 a game for food and drinks. The bills included six displays of shrimp at $60 a plate, beef tenderloin for $70, Florida crab cakes for $38 and 11 servings of the "Ultimate Hot Dog" at $29.60 apiece Authority members say they use the box to entertain clients who might help the authority at some point. This season, those clients included Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer, Hillsborough County Administrator Dan Kleman, Tampa City Attorney James Palermo, state Rep. Bob Henriquez, and Tampa police Chief Bennie Holder.
    Other guests included architect Carlos Alfonso, a close friend of Gov. Jeb Bush; Ron Rotella, an aide to Mayor Greco; Syl Farrell, host of Tampa Bay Week; John Sugg, a writer for the Weekly Planet; and Kevin Ambler, president of the Northdale taxing district and a friend of County Commissioner Jim Norman, who is chairman of the sports authority."
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  9. DeathHamster Member

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  10. DeathHamster Member

    Has he been named as Scientology's reporter on the aquarium Dead Agent squad yet?

    Probably is:
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    "Instead, Scientology appears to have defaulted to plotting behind the scenes in a murky campaign to scotch the aquarium project. "

    DM: "scotch? did someone say scotch?"
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  13. Ersatz Global Moderator

    Surprising lack of trolls in that comment section.
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  14. Quentinanon Member

    The presence of scientrollogists would further confirm the Project Normandy strategy of the scientology crime syndicate.
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

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  16. Budd Member

    "...they've told county commissioners the church believes downtown is more suitable for retail development."

    Exactly WHAT has the Cult of... er... Church of $cientology done for "retail development" in Clearwater in the last 20 years, other than drive it away?
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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium scuttles plan to move to downtown Clearwater

    By Mike Brassfield, Tampa Bay Times, April 30, 2015

    In a significant setback for Tampa Bay's third-largest city, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has decided not to move to downtown Clearwater after all, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

    The small aquarium near Clearwater Beach had proposed relocating to a significantly larger, modern $68 million facility that it intended to build on Clearwater's downtown bluff.

    However, CMA is now abandoning that plan. Instead, it has decided to stay put and expand and upgrade its cramped quarters on Island Estates, a largely residential barrier island.

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    Clearwater's downtown boosters believed that a new aquarium and a vibrant tourism scene would have diluted the presence of the Church of Scientology, which owns significant chunks of downtown.

    Although the church attracts out-of-state believers who travel to Clearwater for religious services, some locals stay away from downtown partly because of Scientology's presence. Behind the scenes, Scientology had opposed the aquarium's proposed move to downtown.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/busine...s-plan-to-move-to-downtown-clearwater/2227776
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  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Abandoned aquarium plans raise questions about downtown Clearwater

    By Steve Nichols, FOX 13 News, May 1, 2015

    The downtown Clearwater Marine Aquarium was viewed as a large catalyst desperately needed by a sleepy downtown dominated by the spiritual center of the Church of Scientology. Now, development of the bluff is probably years away.

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/...ans-raise-questions-about-downtown-clearwater
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  20. RightOn Member

    I have many questions about downtown Clearwater.
    Let's start with the boot licking the mayor does to the COS….
  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ruth: Aquarium could have offset Church of Scientology in Clearwater

    By Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay Times

    It is a telling commentary on downtown Clearwater's desire to be known as something other than the silly make-believe navy sailor suit capital of the world that the city's fathers found themselves relying on a famous dolphin to blunt the influence of the Church of Scientology.

    Close, but no bottlenose.

    And so it came to pass that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium pulled the plug on ambitious plans to build a $68 million facility on the downtown bluff overlooking Clearwater Harbor as a new home for international film star Winter the Dolphin and her pal, Hope.

    What seems to have scuttled the project is that aquarium supporters were not going to be able to meet their fundraising goals in a fairly short time frame to push the effort forward.

    To be sure, given the success of Dolphin Tale, a movie based on the rescue of a tailless dolphin and her recovery wearing a prosthetic fin, put the aquarium on the map and led to more visitors to the facility's present, modest home on Island Estates. It was perfectly natural for the city to want to capitalize on her image to lure more visitors to the area.

    And since Winter is estimated to be about 9 years old, she could have as much as 20 more years of life before the aquarium would be forced to — ahem, cough, cough — find another equally handicapped dolphin to take her place in the fish tank.

    There are plenty of reasons the fundraising was difficult. Raising millions is never an easy task. And the region is awash in various competing aquatic attractions, most notably the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

    And let's all acknowledge the 800-pound Operating Thetan in the room that the massive presence of a mysterious, controversial "religious" organization in the middle of Clearwater certainly had to give many potential, deep-pocketed donors pause.

    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium's master plan was much more about enhancing a tourist destination. Mayor George Cretekos never has been shy in expressing his misgivings regarding the long, dark shadow Scientology casts over the city's life.

    Cretekos and the rest of Clearwater's leaders were hoping for a dolphin to take back a semblance of normality. And it's noteworthy the Scientologists, who will never win any awards for being good corporate citizens, opposed the aquarium's move to downtown. Think of the city's predicament, which is like having to share your house with a narcissistic brother-in-law who never offers to share in the chores and drinks all your liquor.

    And to take on Scientology's grip on Clearwater, the city and aquarium were going to rely on a cutsie-wootsie dolphin to slay the e-meter-ites?

    A few months ago, Cretekos wondered aloud if maybe, just maybe, the time was approaching to reconsider where downtown Clearwater really ought to be, to in effect simply recognize the reality that Scientology has prevailed in acquiring most of the city's core. But not its heart.

    That's not only a tough call. You might say it's the $68 million question.

    Source, with open comments:
    http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/col...t-church-of-scientology-in-clearwater/2228705
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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is somewhat relevant:

    St. Pete, Rays may cooperate on study of Tropicana Field site | The Tampa Tribune

    In another attempt to end the deadlock over Tropicana Field, city leaders and the Tampa Bay Rays want to partner in a study on how the Trop site could be redeveloped without a baseball stadium.

    The study would be conducted by the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit group regarded as a center of excellence in planning and land-use. Councilman Karl Nurse, one of those pushing the proposal, said it would highlight how redevelopment of the 85-acre site could dovetail with downtown’s expansion. Mayor Rick Kriseman and Alan DeLisle, city development administrator, have also been involved in the discussions, Nurse said. Rays officials have indicated the team would pay part of the cost.

    “The intent is to show people this really could be a dramatic redevelopment project for the city but either way you’ve got to start the conversation,” Nurse said. “You can put virtually a billion dollars of redevelopment on there.”

    The proposal will likely be raised at a City Council workshop Thursday. The meeting was called by Nurse to discuss the reservations of five council members who voted against a deal brokered by Mayor Rick Kriseman that would have allowed the Rays to explore alternative stadium sites across the Tampa Bay area.

    The Trop is owned by Pinellas County on behalf of the city and generates no property taxes. Redevelopment could add millions of dollars to the city’s tax roll. The Rays have already agreed to give up any development rights to the property if they announce they plan to leave St. Petersburg.

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    Scott Steady, chair of ULI Tampa Bay, said the group was aware it may be asked to step into the long-running debate over Tropicana Field.

    The non-profit group has a record of tackling contentious development issues, including a 2014 study of downtown Clearwater that called on city leaders and the Church of Scientology to work better together. The use of outside experts is intended to assure that bias does not creep into recommendations, Steady said

    “If they can do the Scientologist in Clearwater, they can do baseball in St. Petersburg,” Steady said. “The panel cares. They’re just not going to be swayed because of the contentiousness of whether the Rays stay or not.”

    http://tbo.com/news/politics/st-pete-rays-will-cooperate-on-study-of-trop-site-20150522/
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  23. DeathHamster Member

    Urban Land Institute is using the Clearwater report as success story?

    It was a useless piece of slop whipped up over a weekend!

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