Tracey McManus, Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

Tracey McManus

Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

I cover Pinellas County with a focus on the workings and impacts of government, environmental issues, the City of Clearwater, the Church of Scientology, animal welfare and other topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I spent five years with The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. I've wanted to be a journalist pretty much since I was old enough to read the newspapers my dad kept stacked near the kitchen table every day. That's never changed. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in south Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. When not on deadline, I'm usually out running with my two dogs Tiger and Ollie, both strays I found in Georgia.

Leah Remini's 'Scientology' viewers suspicious of Clearwater police, who are treading carefully

Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter has received a slew of criticism on social media following recent episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series on A&E, which focused on the history of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. It also criticized Slaughter for his working relationship with Scientology. It prompted him to publish a video response stating he is impartial and unbiased in his interactions with a church facing serious allegations of abuse and exploitation.
Police Chief Dan Slaughter said despite Scientology's contentious history, he must treat them as any other tax exempt church. Critics say it's enabling.

New way to reunite pets and owners in Pinellas

A stray cat at Pinellas Animal Services. [Times files]
The county’s animal services department now offers an onlin photo registry for lost dogs and cats

Do Coachman Park concerts make or cost Clearwater money? The city doesn't know

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Lil Skies performs on stage at Wild 94.1’s Wild Splash concert at Coachman Park in last March. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Parks and Recreation manages two overall spending accounts that support special events but doesn’t track exact revenues and expenses of each concert and festival.

Developer Ben Mallah sells Prospect Towers for $13.5 million

Ben Mallah, right, steps out to his Rolls Royce after a visit to his Prospect Towers building (background) in 2016.
That’s $5.5 million more than he paid for the senior living tower a couple of years ago

Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor to be closed Tuesday, Wednesday overnight

Construction continues on the Pinellas Trail pedestrian bridge at Orange Street