Florida Governor “Disney’s Corporate Kingdom Has Come to an End”


The office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that he will introduce legislation in the Florida legislature to establish a state board to administer the Reedy Creek Improvement District, thus removing Walt Disney World’s exclusive self-governing status over the special jurisdiction. The action would be the latest in DeSantis’ feud with Disney, which has expressed opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act bill.

 

 

“Disney will no longer have its own government. Disney will live under the same laws as everybody else… ” said Governor DeSantis. “Disney will pay the debts and taxes, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”

 

The Reedy Creek Improvement District is a special governing district for the land on which Disney World sits. The district was created in the 60s with the support of the Disney company. Under that legislation, a five-member Board of Supervisors elected by property owners — Disney — could also levy taxes and impose fees within the boundaries of the district.

 

 

In April, DeSantis signed a law that effectively stripped Disney of the special tax status it held in the Reedy Creek Improvement District. DeSantis signed that just weeks after Disney issued a statement opposing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act.

 

The Parental Rights in Education Act requires school districts to be transparent and inform parents about the instructional materials they use. The act further prohibits schools from certain types of teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity and prohibits such teaching below certain grade levels. Critics of the legislation called it the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” and said it would harm the LGBT community.

 

 

After moving to strip the Reedy Creek Improvement District of its special tax status, DeSantis now appears to be moving to place control of the district in the hands of the state.

 

DeSantis’ former chief of staff, Adrian Lukis, told Fox News, ”The governor is doing exactly what he said he would. Disney can no longer have its own government and own taxing authority, and Disney — not taxpayers — will have to be responsible for any financial consequences.”

 

Sources also told Fox News the law DeSantis is proposing would also compel Disney to pay upwards of $700 million dollars in unsecured debt accumulated during the lifespan of the special district.


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