As Disney World updated its lawsuit against the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board of Supervisors, the District has filed resolutions to be heard at a meeting later this week. One resolution seeks to establish an enforcement citation program and a special magistrate position for appealing alleged enforcement violations.
Critically, the resolution authorizes enforcement officers to “issue a citation to any person” and the resolution says that “the word ‘person’ shall extend and be applied to individuals, children, firms, associations, joint ventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations and all other groups and legal entities or combinations thereof”.
A plain reading of this would indicate that Walt Disney World would be subject to enforcement of any violations determined by an “enforcement officer”. The District Administrator would be authorized to “designate certain employees or agents of the District as ‘enforcement officers'”.
The enforcement program would ensure that entities within the District comply with resolutions, regulations, codes, rules, and ordinances. There will be four classes of violations, with fines ranging from $75 to $500.
The resolution, which will be read for the first time at the meeting this week, also says that DeSantis’ hand-picked Board of Supervisors would be in charge of appointing a special magistrate “to hear appeals of citations and other matters as assigned by resolution, regulation, rule, and code”.
The only rule for appointing a special magistrate is that the Board of Supervisors must select a licensed Florida attorney who is not the District General Counsel or an attorney with the District General Counsel’s office.
The resolution also grants the Board-selected magistrate the power to assign a lien against all property owned by an entity that doesn’t pay fines assigned by the District. Should a lien be unpaid for more than 3 months, the Board of Supervisors may order the District’s attorney to foreclose on the lien.
According to documents filed by the CFTOD, the Board of Supervisors intends to adopt the resolution creating the enforcement program at the May 10, 2023 meeting.
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