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Tracey McManus - Clearwater and Scientology Reporter

Clearwater and Scientology Reporter

I cover a range of topics in Pinellas County with a focus on the Church of Scientology, which is downtown Clearwater's largest and most influential property owner. 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. 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.

  1. Five developers responded to the city's request for proposals to build residential, retail and hotel projects on three city-owned sites on the downtown waterfront. [ City of Clearwater ]
  2. City Council member Hoyt Hamilton said Thursday "you'd have to be deaf, dumb blind and dead" to not see through the timing of the Downtown Development Board's request to cut an ex-officio seat.
  3. Hostess Sarah Wilson (left) welcomes Jessica Rajcula, 29, of Dunedin and Amber Catanzaro, 32, of Clearwater, at Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Clearwater.
  4. Five developers responded to the city's request for proposals to build residential, retail and hotel projects on three city-owned sites on the downtown waterfront. [ City of Clearwater ]
  5. This prominent restaurant space at 635 Cleveland Street, as seen in 2019, has long sat vacant.
  6. Hostess Sarah Wilson (left) welcomes Jessica Rajcula, 29, of Dunedin and Amber Catanzaro, 32, of Clearwater, at Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill & Bar, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Clearwater.
  7. City Council member Mark Bunker discusses what he calls an attempt to remove him as a non-voting member of the Downtown Development Board on Wednesday.
  8. The view from above looking northwest at the Tides Golf Course, 11832 66th Ave N, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Seminole. The former Tides Golf Course in Seminole abuts the Millennium Park nature preserve, is 100 acres of undeveloped land and is the subject of intense debate over the future of land in Pinellas County.
  9. A rendering of Imagine Clearwater, which includes an amphitheater with covering over 4,000 seats as well as greenspace for small events and community use.
  10. Dunedin Vice Mayor Jeff Gow, center, speaks at a rally in downtown's Pioneer Park with activists from Food & Water Action and Tampa Bay Climate Alliance on April 1. The group was protesting a series of bills pending in the Legislature that would dampen local governments' authority over energy policies.
  11. A rendering of the proposed Dunedin City Hall to be located at 727 Louden Ave. With a total cost of $23.8 million, the city commission approved a $20 million construction bid with Manhattan Construction Company on Thursday.
  12. Brad Husserl, 60, of Tarpon Springs, left Don Richter, 64, of Palm Harbor, second from left, Kay Carter, 68, Tarpon Springs, second from right, listen as Kay's husband Tex, 68, speaks Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. The group formed a nonprofit called WK Preservation Group Inc. in March in order to save the approximate 14 acres of land located along Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  13. A Clearwater man was arrested on Monday and accused of using a laser to damage security cameras on three Church of Scientology buildings, including the Flag Building at 215 S Fort Harrison Ave.
  14. Council member Hoyt Hamilton discusses a potential change to Clearwater's voting system on Thursday.
  15. Ted Reinhard, operator of Cult City Tours, addresses the City Council on Thursday.
  16. Malcolm Wright, 54, was recently evicted from this apartment in Clearwater. He is one of the many renters who thought they were protected by the Centers for Disease Control's federal eviction moratorium.
  17. Ted Reinhard talks in front of the Church of Scientology's Flag building during his Cult City Tours on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in downtown Clearwater. The tours, which began in February, take people on a walking tour of Scientology's religious buildings in downtown Clearwater.
  18. President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington.
  19. Former Belleair Mayor Gary Katica served as a town commissioner since 2000 and mayor since 2007. He died on Sunday at 87.
  20. Brad Husserl, 60, of Tarpon Springs, left Don Richter, 64, of Palm Harbor, second from left, Kay Carter, 68, Tarpon Springs, second from right, listen as Kay's husband Tex, 68, speaks Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. The group formed a nonprofit called WK Preservation Group Inc. in March in order to save the approximate 14 acres of land located along Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  21. The spring training facility for the Philadelphia Phillies and home to the minor league Clearwater Threshers has been renamed BayCare Ballpark in a new naming rights deal. Photo pictured on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in Clearwater.
  22. The Gladys Douglas property includes 44 acres in unincorporated Pinellas County.
  23. A screenshot of the ReadingIQ program, which Age of Learning is offering to Florida children free of charge through Dec. 31.