Following the news that the Florida Senate has passed a bill for the state to take control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle has issued a statement, seemingly backing off of any fight over losing the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Here’s the statement:
For more than 50 years, the Reedy Creek Improvement District has operated at the highest standards, and we appreciate all that the District has done to help our destination grow and become one of the largest economic contributors and employers in the state. We are focused on the future and are ready to work within this new framework, and we will continue to innovate, inspire and bring joy to the millions of guests who come to Florida to visit Walt Disney World each year.
The statement does not hint at any legal challenge to DeSantis’ takeover of the district. In fact, it seems like Disney World is ready to embrace the new district.
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At the end of the day, what choice does Disney really have other than to accept it? The State has complete legal authority to make, change or remove state laws at their discretion through the legislative process. Any court would be hard pressed to find it unlawful in it’s final form – no taxpayers are even impacted that weren’t with RCID anyway. Fighting it would just be a colossal waste of money on both sides. Plus it seems the only real difference now is that Disney can actually get hit with a “no” to something they want to build. As much as I hate how this whole thing came about, it does lay a more even playing field in relation to the other theme park operators in the area.
It is loathsome that Disney is just rolling over to this bully and abandoning Reedy Creek property owners to boot. Taxation without representation. No big deal apparently. Is there one property owner there with a spine? My family and I are regular visitors to Disney. No more.
I think Disney is preparing to abandon the state. They’ve already scrapped future projects in the state. But you know the alt right. They must own the libs. Even at the cost of they’re own lively hood
So now, to some degree at least, one of the worst crackpots in America has veto power over Disney plans. Could he even require construction of some loony “cultural” venue?
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