Gov. DeSantis Escalates War On Disney, Considers “Termination” of Special Treatment

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As the battle between Florida and Disney rages on, Gov. DeSantis recently made a statement regarding Disney’s special treatment.

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The last few months have been an incredibly tumultuous time for The Walt Disney Company. As soon as word got out that the company had actually backhandedly supported Florida’s controversial Parental Rights law, fans, employees, and leaders were stunned. This resulted in the company backtracking with CEO Bob Chapek even pledging millions of dollars toward the Human Rights Campaign.

This firm stance against the new bill caused friction between the company and the state of Florida, with Gov. Ron DeSantis continuing to escalate the battle with incendiary words and potential actions. Now, the Florida Gov. has stated that he is will soon be considering the termination of the Reedy Creek Improvement Act s shown in a clip from Attorney Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkoski) below:

Ron Desantis escalates his War on Disney today by announcing that he is expanding the agenda for the upcoming special session to include his move to revoke Disney World’s self-governing charter (Reedy Creek), which has been in place since 1967.

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Digital journalist Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) shared more information on Twitter regarding this announcement:

JUST IN: Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that during their special session this week state legislators will also consider terminating all special districts enacted in Florida prior to 1968, including Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.

Here’s the proclamation Gov. DeSantis issued this morning, expanding the special session to also include legislation relating to independent special districts in Florida:

Just a few weeks ago we covered how a few Florida legislators were working to end this act and now it seems this idea has made it to the top.

The Reedy Creek Improvement Act essentially allows Walt Disney World to reside in Florida unregulated, acting as its own “government” in a way. The act involved creating a special taxing district that acts with the same authority as a county government. The legislation made the claim that landowners within the Reedy Creek Improvement District, primarily Walt Disney World, could be allowed to be solely responsible for paying the cost of providing typical municipal services like power, water, roads, fire protection etc. Local taxpayers, meaning residents of Orange and Osceola County, would not have to pay for building or maintaining those services.

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