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DeSantis moves to bring Disney’s special Florida district under direct state control

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to bring Disney. Special governing district under state control. Ending the entertainment giant’s multi-decade arrangement with the Sunshine State.

DeSantis is expected to appoint a new board to control. Reedy Creek, the self-governing area currently managed by. The Walt Disney Company. And allow it to maintain its own infrastructure and public services. Created in 1967, the district allows . Disney to raise taxes and issue bonds to finance expenses necessary. To operate services for Walt Disney World Resorts.

“The corporate empire has come to an end,” Terin Fenske. Director of communications for DeSantis, said in a statement. “Under the proposed legislation. Disney would no longer control its own government, live under the same laws as everyone else. Be responsible for their outstanding debts, and pay their fair share of taxes.”

Fenske added that a state-controlled board would also ensure that neighboring. Orange County cannot use Reedy Creek-related issues “as an excuse to raise taxes on. Orange County residents.”

Fox News first reported the development Friday, citing sources in DeSantis’ office. In a document posted on the website of Osceola County. ¬†That the proposed legislation would not touch any current aspects of Ready Creek.

Florida legislators already voted in. A special session last year to dissolve all. Special districts like Florida’s Reedy Creek by June 2023. It was not immediately clear how the previous vote would affect the new proposal

DeSantis’ dispute with Disney stems from the company’s decision. Iast year to ban. Discussions of gender and sexual orientation in schools in kindergarten. Through third grade on the governor’s proposal. In response, DeSantis and his allies in. The Florida Legislature announced they would try to end. The benefits Disney enjoyed through special districts.

The perception that Disney was embroiled in a political war is said to have contributed to. The ouster of former CEO Bob Chapek and the return of former CEO Bob Iger. In a town hall meeting with Disney employees shortly after returning to the helm, Iger said he didn’t like to see. Disney embroiled in controversy.

“The state of Florida has been very important to us for a long time and we’ve been very important to.

A Disney representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

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