DeSantis goes after Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District

Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Florida legislature to get rid of the special district that state lawmakers created more than six decades ago to help Walt Disney World Resort run efficiently in the Orlando area.

The special legislative session, held from Tuesday to Friday, will allow state lawmakers to redraw Florida’s congressional map after DeSantis’s veto.

Tensions between DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company started after DeSantis signed the controversial Parental Rights in Education Law on March 28. The company criticized it as an attack on the LGBTQ+ community.

Lawmakers established The Reedy Creek Improvement District on May 12, 1967, as a governing jurisdiction and special taxing district for an area within the outer limits of Orange and Osceola counties.

On this 1st day of redistricting special session, the Gov added this👇🏼 Should lawmakers end “independent special districts” est <1968 (aka Disney’s self-governing Reedy Creek)

He announced it at The Villages (that has similar self-gov districts, tho post-1968)@WPLGLocal10

— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaWPLG) April 19, 2022 Read More

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