The Walt Disney Company is officially one signature away from losing its special powers in the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
After passing by a supermajority in the House of Representatives, Florida’s State Senate did nearly the same thing on Friday, February 10, 2023.
The Orlando Sentinel reports,
The Senate voted 26-9 to approve a bill giving DeSantis the power to appoint the five-member Reedy Creek Improvement District and change its name to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District to more accurately reflect its function, said Sen. Travis Hutson, who shepherded the House bill through the Senate.
Kickstarted by Disney’s response to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law, the discovery of Disney’s special Central Florida district’s unconstitutional status under the ratified State Constitution afforded a republican majority government in Tallahassee the perfectly to put a big business and its “far-left agenda” in its place. However, the initially petty scrum began to highlight some serious concerns over the land mass in Orange County and Osceola County twice the size of Manhattan Island.
The makeup of the district essentially allowed Disney to hand-pick 5 members of a puppet government to act in its stead. Along with removing the incredibly unique autonomy, the new bill will revoke several privileges such as the ability to build and maintain private toll roads, build an airport, and operate nuclear power. Renaming the home of the Walt Disney World Resort, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, the idea is to appoint a Board of Supervisors that act in the best interest of the entire Sunshine State instead of just one massively influential corporation.
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“I don’t think this is hostile takeover over a private company,” Hutson said, addressing dissenters. “The governor can put anyone on the board he thinks is qualified. They are going to have really intelligent, really brilliant people on this board who make sure they do what they are supposed to do.”
The State takeover legislation now moves from the Florida Legislature to the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis to be officially signed into law. The legislation is supposed to take immediate effect, and there is still no word if there will be any fight made by Disney to hold onto its power.
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It should be noted that day-to-day activities at Disney World are not expected to be interrupted by this new legislation.
We will continue to monitor this story and will update our readers as more details come to light.