DeSantis Gets Creative Amidst Growing Feud With Disney
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, along with some Republican state legislators, have stood firm amidst political backlash from Disney employees over the Sunshine State’s newly passed Parental Rights in Education bill.
Statement from The Walt Disney Company on signing of Florida legislation: pic.twitter.com/UVI7Ko3aKS
— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) March 28, 2022
While critics have been quick to smear the bill as the now coined “Don’t Say Gay bill,” DeSantis has remained creative with every attack from the corporate press.
DeSantis and legislators are now threatening that power and freedom, because according to Florida Rep. Spencer Roach; “If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County.”
Yesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government. If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County. pic.twitter.com/6sj29Gj6Wz
— SpencerRoach (@SpencerRoachFL) March 30, 2022
During a press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 31, DeSantis claimed that Disney has “”lost a lot of pull that they used to have.” Which he then argued to be a “good thing” for the state.
He added: “You should not have one organization that is able to dictate policy in all these different realms, and they have done that for many, many years. And if that stops now, which it should, that would be a good thing for Florida.”
Now, Florida legislators are floating the idea of repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act (RCIA), a law that was first signed in May 1967 by Gov. Claude Kirk in response to lobbying efforts by Disney.
As DeSantis referenced in the above-mentioned press conference, since RCID was enacted, Disney has been free to write building codes and levy taxes, while developing and maintaining its own infrastructure to essentially build whatever it wants.
DeSantis argues that Disney has abused its power and freedom with its recent decisions, stating “I would say any special privileges that are in law I would like to get rid of generally,”
DeSantis added. “But I think in this particular case with Disney, I just don’t think you have very many people in the legislature anymore who are going to be able to defend a lot of what has been done over many, many years to have them almost govern themselves over so many things.”
Under the legislation, RCID is made up and run by a five-member board of supervisors. Each elected to conduct the business of the district during monthly meetings.
These supervisors are also landowners in the RCID. Who cast their votes and their power based that are proportional to individual land ownership.
Disney will be required to submit to building inspections and planning and zoning controls by Osceola and Orange counties if the law were to be appealed.
This would also mean Disney would have to pay fees and taxes that it doesn’t currently pay, including but not limited to impact fees to offset the cost of public services.
The repeal of the Reedy Creek Improvement Act is unlikely to be introduced before 2023.
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