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The CoS is continuing to ignore the local ordinances in Clearwater during their preparation for upcoming events. The SP Times just published a new report several hours ago:
Scientology accused of more Clearwater code violations
Charlie Frago, Times Staff Writer Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:54pm
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 later this month and an annual New Year's celebration.
The church has installed a white privacy fence on the western and southern boundaries of the property where it erected a massive tent for upcoming events, effectively blocking the view of the tent property from beachbound traffic passing by on Court Street. The church did not obtain a required permit before putting up the fence.
In addition, flood lights the church has placed on the big tent are disturbing residents of a nearby high-rise tower for seniors, potentially violating city light intrusion rules.
Horne said an international gathering of Scientologists planned for the weekend after Thanksgiving as well as an anticipated New Year's Eve event won't be issued special event permits if the church doesn't change its behavior.
Church officials Peter Mansell and Sarah Heller met with Horne Wednesday. At that meeting, Mansell and Heller said they didn't like how the church was being portrayed, according to Horne.
"They don't like they're being characterized as completely disregarding or not caring about the city's rules and regulations," Horne said. "But I emphasized to Peter, I said, 'Peter, the reality is we are all evaluated by what we do, not what we say we do. All these are actions that indicate to people that you're not willing to follow our rules.'"
Moving forward, Horne said, the church's actions will determine if they receive city approvals.
The first test will be if the church complies with city conditions to get a special event permit for the Flag Building dedication Nov. 17. The city plans to deliver those conditions to the church Friday.
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