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CLEARWATER — On Thursday, the city approved another major Church of Scientology event that is estimated to attract 8,000 church members downtown.
CLEARWATER— A wrap that until Tuesday covered a massive Church of Scientology tent downtown violated the city's sign laws, a municipal board ruled Wednesday.
CLEARWATER — After the Church of Scientology removed a wrap from a massive tent Tuesday, it's up to Clearwater's code enforcement board to decide if the church should pay a fine for violating the city's sign laws.
Actors Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston joined a smaller than expected crowd of Scientologists on Sunday to dedicate what the church calls its most important project ever, its massive Flag Building.
CLEARWATER — If Mayor George Cretekos could wave a magic wand, Clearwater would feel like Salt Lake City.
CLEARWATER — Amid tight security and with their "cathedral" brightly lighted, thousands of Scientologists gathered in downtown Clearwater Friday night for the first in a series of events leading up to the dedication of the church's Flag Building on Sunday.
CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has purchased and remodeled dozens of buildings since it established its spiritual headquarters here 37 years ago. This weekend, it will open yet another.
CLEARWATER — The city and the Church of Scientology drew closer Tuesday to a final agreement on city approval for a dedication of what the church calls its "cathedral."
CLEARWATER — The city gave the Church of Scientology a list of conditions Friday that the church must meet if it wants a permit to hold a high-profile Nov. 17 dedication of its downtown Flag Building.
CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has run afoul of city ordinances again, prompting city officials to say that if the church doesn't begin complying with city laws, it won't get permits for a major event this month and an annual New Year's celebration.
CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has scheduled an international meeting of its powerful fundraising arm in Clearwater the weekend after Thanksgiving.
CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology notified city officials Monday of plans to dedicate its new Flag Building on Nov. 17 in a private event the church says will draw 10,000 Scientologists to downtown Clearwater.
CLEARWATER — Church of Scientology representatives made their pitch to a key city official Thursday, attempting to convince him that a colorful wrap covering the church's massive tent downtown isn't a sign, but a crucial part of several upcoming church celebrations.
CLEARWATER — Memo to the Church of Scientology from Clearwater: Take down the sign. Immediately.
CLEARWATER — An enormous mural draped Monday over a massive tent that was erected downtown by the Church of Scientology might violate city sign laws, city officials said.