Florida Gov. DeSantis is seeking to repeal the Disney World special rules
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has asked state legislators to review a law that lets the Walt Disney World resort to act as a type of local government. The news was confirmed by his office in an official declaration on Monday morning.
Without naming Disney explicitly, the declaration submitted to legislators mentions “independent special districts… established prior to November 5, 1968” and notes that Florida’s constitution, revised in 1968, “prohibits special laws granting privileges to private corporations,”However, its original form did not contain such a prohibition.
The private-public partnership between the Walt Disney Company (now the State of Florida) and Reedy Creek was launched in 1967. It resulted in the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Disney was given the same powers and responsibilities by this partnership as any other. “county government” to develop the nearly 40-square-mile fiefdom of “largely uninhabited pasture and swamp land” ten miles or more from the nearest power and water lines, according to the district’s website. Disney constructed and maintained roads covering 134-miles of distance and waterways running 67 miles. The district also managed to achieve a response time of six to eight minutes for emergencies and fire fighting services. It logs 250,000 “daily guests” “2,000 vendors, suppliers and contractors used to provide high-quality services for visitors.”
The move comes amid the governor’s weeks-long feud with the Walt Disney Company, one of the state’s largest employers, over Disney’s vow to pressure Florida lawmakers and “work to repeal”The Parental Rights in Education Act is criticized by opponents as anti-LGBTQ.
Pressure from employees, LGBTQ activists and “woke” allies led Disney to reverse its initial aloofness and denounce the legislation. According to Disney, it has now stopped making donations to the legislators who drafted the bill. “never should have happened.”It was signed by DeSantis on March 28th, the day that Florida Governor. DeSantis had already signed the bill.
Appearing on Tucker Carlson on March 30, DeSantis delivered a scathing rebuke to the Disney leadership, who “don’t run this state” and “will never run this state as long as I’m governor,” he vowed.
Spencer Roach, a Florida lawmaker who is also a DeSantis ally, was present at the event. tweetedFlorida lawmakers had met at most twice before discussing the possibility of dismantling the Disney district. “act as its own government.”
“If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting they should be regulated by Orange County,”He said.
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