Is Church of Scientology withholding business from local merchants?

Liocal businesses say they've noticed a downturn after the church was denied a land purchase.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Some business owners in downtown Clearwater think the Church of Scientology is intentionally withholding business from local merchants, angry over the city's recent decision to purchase a piece of downtown property the church had wanted.

Is that reality or perception?

We headed down to Cleveland Street during the lunch hour, to see whether there were Scientologist, often in their familiar uniforms, heading to the local restaurants and cafés.

You'll hear from store owners, and what they've seen over the past couple of weeks coming up on 10 News beginning at 5 PM.

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