The Church of Scientology
As the worldwide spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology, Clearwater is viewed as a mecca to the thousands of Scientologists who come each year from all over the world to receive some of the highest levels of Scientology training. As the Church of Scientology has grown, so too has its presence and influence in downtown Clearwater, specifically, but also all of Tampa Bay.

The St. Petersburg Times has chronicled the church's presence and impact since its arrival in Clearwater in 1975.

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