Bill Filed Detailing Plans for State Takeover of Reedy Creek Improvement District

    After failing to introduce a bill on time for the start of today’s special session, lawmakers have filed a bill House Bill 9B that details how Governor Ron DeSantis and the State of Florida plan on taking control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. We’ll include the full bill at the end of this article, but here are the highlights of the 189-page bill:

    • Reedy Creek Improvement District to be renamed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District
    • Board of Supervisors to consist of five members
    • Board of Supervisors members to be picked by Florida Governor and confirmed by Senate
    • Board members cannot have worked for a theme park or entertainment complex in the past three years
    • Board members must be Florida residents
    • RCID can keep name for two years to continue to do business
    • Reedy Creek Improvement District will not be dissolved on June 1, 2023 – it will continue under new name and rules
    • All debts and obligations of existing RCID continue to be valid and binding

    We’ll continue to read through the document and update this article with relevant info throughout the afternoon.

    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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