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Scientology’s ‘Block Party’ today in Clearwater: Sending a message to the Lucky Anchor?

[Clay Irwin is surrounded!]

It’s a warm Saturday afternoon in Clearwater, Florida. Are you nearby? Got a thirst that needs quenching? In a mood for a little Scientology watching as well?

We have just the thing.

Three days ago, a tipster sent us this Scientology flier announcing that a “block party” was going to be held in downtown Clearwater to celebrate two years since the church constructed its Potemkin Village of storefronts on Fort Harrison Avenue. These were happy looking places built to handle curious visitors who wanted to learn more about Scientology’s front groups — a real magnet of interest for out-of-towners, to be sure.



We didn’t think much about the flier at first. Scientology is always putting on this kind of event in an attempt to convince locals that it’s actually doing something to improve life in Clearwater, and not actually draining its downtown of all human activity, as it has been since it surreptitiously invaded the place in 1975.

Well, anyway, like we said we didn’t give it much of a thought until this morning, when we started getting messages from Clearwater bar owner Clay Irwin, whose photographs tell a pretty obvious story about what’s going on with this “block party.”


On the left in that photo you can see Clay’s bar, the Lucky Anchor, and on the right, practically on top of Clay’s tavern, you can see the stage area that’s been set up for tonight’s “block party” put on by the Church of Scientology.

Now, to put this in a little perspective, you’ll remember that we’ve been showing you images that were taken from a spy camera Clay found planted outside his home, a camera he suspects was placed there by operatives working for the church.

Although he had said when he opened the Lucky Anchor in January that he wanted to get along with his Scientology neighbors, Clay’s impromptu February visit to Tom Cruise’s still-under-construction penthouse down the street, and some other run-ins with the church seemed to put him in Scientology’s cross-hairs.

Clay told us he “has no clue” if putting a stage for Scientology’s event just feet from Clay’s bar is an intimidation attempt. So far today, he’s been offering to help with the setup, and has offered organizers bottles of water and the use of his electrical outlets.

But after he began taking some photos, “they had someone come over to talk to me to see what I was doing,” he says.

We asked Clay if he thought it was a good idea for the Underground Bunker to announce what’s going on so that fans of the Lucky Anchor might get over there to show their support and have some fun watching Scientology’s event, which begins at 5 pm tonight.

“The would be flipping awesome,” he said.

So, if you happen to be in the area, please give a thought to visiting Clay’s bar this evening simply to show your support. Tell Clay the Bunker sent you. Have a drink, relax, and watch what happens at the block party — hey, send us some photos while you’re at it. But please, do not agitate or provoke the people at the block party in any way.

Be an observer. And be cool.


[He’s looking at you, Bunkerites]

To help you visualize the situation, looking from overhead…


And Clay says they’re trying to blast him out! This was taken as the band practiced…



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