Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is continuing his attack on Disney following comments from Disney CEO Bob Iger that have been described in national media as a masterclass in how to handle a bully. In Disney’s Annual Shareholder Meeting, Iger took the issue of DeSantis’ actions against the Walt Disney World property head-on, calling the Florida Governor’s actions “anti-business and anti-Florida”. Iger noted that DeSantis’ move to take over the Reedy Creek Improvement District was retaliation against The Walt Disney Company for the Company exercising its First Amendment right to free speech. In a recent interview, DeSantis acknowledged that Disney has a First Amendment right to oppose the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, but that wouldn’t stop the aspiring governor from issuing new threats against the company.
DeSantis warned that Disney should “buckle up” and that “come hell or high water, we’re going to make sure that the policy of Florida carries the day”. DeSantis promised that “we’re going to win on every single issue involving Disney” and said that the Florida Legislature will move to void the legal contracts between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the Reedy Creek Improvement District. It is worth noting that the Reedy Creek Improvement District was not resolved by DeSantis and his rubber-stamp legislature. Instead, the District continued with changes such as DeSantis’ ability to hand-select Board members for the District and a renaming from the Reedy Creek Improvement District to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.
In the same recent comments where the Governor warned against further action from the State and Legislature, DeSantis said that not only will the Legislature void the legal agreement between Disney and the renamed entity known as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, but that the State will also look into taxes on the hotels, tolls on the roads, and developing property that the District owns. Of course, things like hotel taxes and toll roads would be something that would punish the guest visiting Walt Disney World, but it looks like DeSantis is not content with just punishing Disney at this point, but also the patrons.
Right now, DeSantis’ threats are simply talk, but we’ll continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation between the State of Florida and Walt Disney World in the weeks, months, and years to come.
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