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Orlando, you’re next! Scientology makes an ‘Ideal’ move on the magic kingdom

Rod Keller keeps his eye on Scientology’s upcoming ‘Ideal Org’ projects, and this time takes us into central Florida’s big tourist town.

Renovations are under way at 6770 Lake Ellenor Drive in Orlando, Florida. We think it will be the next Ideal Org for Scientology in the U.S., ahead of Austin, Detroit, Philadelphia or Kansas City which have all started demolition. The former headquarters of Red Lobster restaurants will be another in a recent series of Ideal Orgs far from pedestrian traffic, in an office park an hour by car from downtown Orlando.



Orlando is being promoted as the final piece of a Clear Florida, joining Clearwater, Tampa, and Miami and completely ignoring the fact that Jacksonville is by far the largest city in Florida. There is no Scientology org or mission there, nor is there any in the state capital of Tallahassee. The expansion is being driven by proximity to Clearwater, the Flag Land Base. Clearwater first spawned the Tampa Ideal Org, and now both are funding Orlando.


When the old Orlando org on Colonial Drive was moved to Courtland Street in 2016 the grand opening was less than spectacular, without the ribbons, stage or speakers. Expect David Miscavige and a large contingent from Clearwater and Miami to attend the Ideal Org opening, possibly later this year. Flag and Tampa publics paid for it, and one of the key projects in any Ideal Org effort is being done for Orlando – the Central Files.


This is the Orlando Central Files (CF) project. The files contains a record of every contact the org has ever had with a person, whether it’s a book purchase, a personality test, a movie screening or introductory course. Over the years the CF gets out of order. The key goals are to make each folder chronological and to make new folders for documents that been sitting around unfiled. Every Ideal Org has to do this except for Orlando. Their CF is being done at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater.


[300 S. Garden Avenue, Clearwater]

Super Saturday and Sunday Funday are being held at 300 S. Garden Avenue in Clearwater. All 115 boxes took the six-hour trip from Orlando to Clearwater where “chrono” is being done all day, every day in the shadow of the Super Power building. Flag publics, not Orlando publics are doing the tedious filing in preparation for the Ideal Org opening. Tampa is doing its part as well with staff and fundraising. Long time Sea Org and Tampa staff member Wick Allcock has been sent to Orlando to run the whole project, from renovations to recruiting new staff members.


Scientology’s dreams are always larger than life. They could Clear NASA, they could Clear the University of Central Florida, they could have huge crowds filling the new org. There will probably be more staff in Orlando for a while, and publics who have become inactive may be “recovered” to take a course or level on the Scientology bridge. Two years after opening we expect Orlando to go the way of other Ideal Orgs, mostly empty with a handful of staff working in an opulent office intended for hundreds.


— Rod Keller


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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 25, 2018 at 07:00

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