Clearwater study was waste of time and money

I’m not sure whether to be amused or angry at this article about Economics Research Associates’ findings concerning downtown Clearwater. Maybe both.

It’s bad enough that the city, in tight economic times, paid out $145,000 (plus expenses) for what any local with half a brain could have told them for free, but even then, most of their findings were dubious at best and wrong at worst.

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By far the most amazing, and erroneous, conclusion in those findings was that Scientology is an asset to downtown. I don’t see that at all. I see Scientology as the reason so many Clearwater residents refuse to come downtown, and rightfully so. If you ask them, they’ll tell you it’s the lack of parking or retail or whatever, but the honest truth is this: For as long as Scientology has a presence in Clearwater, downtown Clearwater will never become a viable retail district, as it will never have the public’s support.

And the city of Clearwater needs to get its money back from Economics Research Associates. They were had.

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