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Push for Control? DeSantis’s Board Plans to Set up Code Enforcement System at Disney World

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board has been busy. Over the last few weeks, outside of the back and forth with the Walt Disney Company (recall here the lawsuit that Walt Disney World filed against Governor DeSantis and the countersuit the board filed against Walt Disney World), the board has also been in talks with the first responder union for new contracts, has appointed a new district administrator, and now, per the latest news also plans to set up a code enforcement system at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Mickey Mouse and Friends at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

Outlet Variety reported the news. They shared that DeSantis’s hand-picked board, which now oversees Walt Disney World Resort and its Theme Parks, “will take up a proposal on Wednesday to establish a code enforcement system.” The outlet shared a staff report that details that the proposal would “allow code enforcement officers to impose civil penalties of up to $500 per infraction per day.”  The board also plans to appoint a special magistrate who will oversee any appeals of citations.

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Glen Gilzean and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis / Credit: Central Florida Urban League

The move happened right before the earnings call wherein Disney CEO Bob Iger doubled down on the lawsuit Disney has against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Mr. Iger stated in no uncertain terms that per Disney, the board’s attempt to void Disney’s contracts and even the very setup of the board was simply a “matter of retaliation” against the Mouse House for exercising its constitutional right to free speech when former Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill (officially called the Parental Rights in Education Act).

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Moana Meet and Greet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park / Credit: Disney

As Variety reported,

“Like other businesses in Florida, Disney is subject to building and fire codes that are supposed to protect the lives and safety of its employees and guests,” the district stated in a lawsuit filed last week. “But unlike other businesses in Florida, Disney did not have to worry that these safety rules would be enforced against it. That is because the Disney-controlled District board never adopted any mechanism for the enforcement of those codes.”

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About Priyanka

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.