This month’s edition of Tampa Bay is evidence of how hard scientology is still working to “safepoint” the Clearwater community. There is a concurrently published YouTube video on this subject:
Tampa Bay magazine is typical of this sort of publication you find in many major cities — it’s glossy pages feature full page ads for the restaurants they review, ads from realtors for the homes they highlight, ads from lawyers who write columns in the magazine and a bunch of “social” shots of the local luminaries attending events in the area. There is no real reporting, it’s all puff pieces.
Scientology, and especially local OSA volunteer Joanie Sigal and OSA PR people Lisa Mansell and Pat Harney have appeared in the “social pages” at various events from time to time.
For this edition, scientology rolled in the big gun — the wealthiest scientologist in the area, Trish Duggan. She is featured in this edition, and with her comes a whole lot more scientology stuff as you will see. The OSA PR people were dancing in the streets when they got this edition.
The cover is Trish Duggan art.
There is a feature story about Trish Duggan. She is seen in the “social pages” as are the aforementioned Joanie Sigal and Lisa Mansell.
The issue ALSO includes a feature about a food event held at the Ft Harrison, the opening of a new scientologist owned apartment building and a page of puffery about Winter Wonderland!
I want the people who are normalizing scientology in Clearwater to be seen and their names to be known. It may seem innocent, but this sort of thing is exactly what scientology is trying to accomplish — appearing “normal” as a cover for the ongoing abuses they are engaged in in the very hotel the event took place.
So, let’s go through all the mentions of scientology in the magazine. The publisher/editors of this magazine, Aaron R Fodiman and Margaret Word Burnside are the chief enablers of the “look how normal scientology is” parade.
The first mention, Joanie Sigal because they held a luncheon and fashion show to benefit the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League and Winter Wonderland (you know where most of the money went…)
Enablers: Pippa Pelure, Sharon Fekete, Maureen Gabe, Denise Hall, Rita Ivy, Dr. Kellie Lightbourn, Kathleen Litton, Seema Ramroop, Tracy Stephens, Brandi Winans.
Next is the Trish Duggan piece, they simply took what she told them and put it on the page, including her “many projects including human rights and a drug-free world.”
Next is the reporting on the scientologist developed apartment building — along with some featured scientologists at the top of the page.
Once again, Trish Duggan with Tom Cruise’s sister and wife of IAS Freedom Medal winner Greg Capazorio, Cass.
Then scientology artist Marlene Rose who is a scientologist business owner on Cleveland St who was used to praise Miscavige’s “downtown redevelopment plans.”
And finally Moises Agami and his wife, the developer of the property.
Then the real kicker — a puff piece about Winter Wonderland. Though no mention of the fact they hand out the L. Ron Hubbard booklet Way to Happiness to kids there or that City Council member Mark Bunker is not allowed to visit and was in fact evicted from this very locale by the Clearwater PD following demands by Sarah Heller the legal director of scientology in Clearwater. There are a lot of others who are not welcome, though the article claims “it is open to everyone in the Tampa Bay area.”
That is a lie.
And here is Lisa Mansell in the “Social Seens” with enabler Frank Chivas.
And finally, the glowing report about the “Chef’s Showcase” held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Ft Harrison hotel as a joint effort of scientology and Tampa Bay magazine.
Enablers participating here (some of these may be SO members who cook in the scientology restaurants): Cam Ryan Anderson, Marni Atherton, Rene Marquis, Vanessa Marquis, John Harris, Souka Phommarak, Baystar Restaurant Group, Geoffrey Blanchette, Cameron Mitchell, William Brown, William Dean Chocolates, Jeff Holland, John Stout, 20 Shekels Bread