“The Corporate Kingdom Has Come To An End”, Proposal Filed to Enact State-Run Replacement for Reedy Creek Improvement District Board

    According to a notice filed in Osceola County, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is taking early steps to replace the Disney-run Reedy Creek Improvement District with a state-run board to operate the District. The notice was posted to the Osceola County website today:

    Notice is hereby given of intent to seek legislation before the Florida Legislature, during a regular, extended, or special session, of an act relating to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orange and Osceola Counties; amending, reenacting, and repealing Chapter 67-764, Laws of Florida, and decree in chancery no. 66-1061 (May 13, 1966); removing and revising powers of the District; increasing state oversight, accountability, and transparency of the District; revising the selection process, membership qualifications, and compensation for the governing body of the District; ensuring debts and bond obligations held by the District remain with the District and are not transferred to other governments by retaining the District’s authority related to indebtedness and taxation; revising the District’s authority over local permitting and regulation; revising the District’s regulatory framework and structure; instituting reporting requirements, including a review of the District’s remaining powers; describing the District boundaries and name; revising exceptions to general law and certain special acts; removing duplicative provisions; making conforming changes; creating an exception to general law; providing an effective date.

    A report from flvoicenews quotes DeSantis Communications Director Taryn Fenske as saying “The corporate kingdom has come to an end. Under the proposed legislation, Disney will no longer control its own government, will live under the same laws as everyone else, will be responsible for their outstanding debts, and will pay their fair share of taxes”

    The road to dismantling the Reedy Creek Improvement District is a winding one, but one that started essentially out of retaliation by DeSantis after he and Disney butted heads over the “Don’t Say Gay” law earlier this year. Here’s a timeline of the fallout:

    March 2022




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    1. Let’s do The Villages and about 15 others as well. This is retaliation from a sitting Governor over opinions. Shame on him and the present state congress.

    2. DeSantis just want to be ruler, a dictator, who only care about himself. Leave well enough alone, as the old sayings goes, if it not broke leave alone. See, he will make it that if Disney go under the state will not be on the hook for their debt. So I hope Disney fight like heck so Dictator DeSantis does not get his way

    3. You think wasting taxpayer money and legislative time and effort over a personal vendetta is good governance?

    4. As much as some of us don’t like him, Bob Chapek has a right to freedom of speech and the government punishing his company for his opinion is clearly unconstitutional and also insane. This isn’t North Korea.

    5. No… a grandstanding BLOWHARD did this… a smart governor would work alongside a huge asset to his state such as Disney. That is why he will never win a presidential election. He like trump only governs for the minority of the country… get rid of the electoral college farce and republicans of today would never win.

    6. It is all show. He knows this will get tied up in the courts, at the expense of the taxpayers, just long enough for him to parade it around for a 2024 presidential run. His dimwitted supporters are eating it up.

    7. The head hunting being led the Governor over this is despicable. DeSantis needs to focus on this issue we’re having with housing insurance and the lack thereof happening across-the state and how homeowners are being gouged by insurance companies, the price of rent is skyrocketing, and the price of electricity in our state! State workers also need decent raises and teachers. Get to the real deal Desantis and leave Reedy Creek alone!

    8. I feel sorry for all the people living in Florida now that will have to pay higher taxes. When he runs for president and does not win he now has no power and is out of office.

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