A notice posted Jan. 6 on the Osceola County website in central Florida reports a motion filed by state legislators to “increase state oversight, transparency, and review powers” that the state has so far enjoyed. special district that allows Walt Disney World Home Rule.
The motion, which can be seen on the county’s website, is in line with the enactment in 2022 of the law passed by the state upper house which eliminates the special district of Reedy Creekcreated in 1967 and where Disney operates.
This special district covers about 39 square miles (100 km.) and sits between Osceola and Orange counties, in the center of the state, and allows Walt Disney World have their own police, fire brigade, public services, among others.
This is a new chapter in the fight that the governor of Florida, the Republican Ron DeSantis, maintains with Disney after the criticism that the company made for the promulgation of the controversial law known as “Don’t Say Gay” (“Do not say gay “), which prohibits teachers from talking to younger students about issues of sexual orientation and gender.
In response to the notice posted by Osceola County, DeSantis stated that “the corporate reign has come to an end” and that, under the proposed legislation, “
Disney will no longer control its own government” but will “live under the same laws as everyone else.” In that context, Disney “You will be responsible for your outstanding debts and they will pay your share of the taxes”as collected by channel 2 WESH, from Orlando.
Additionally, the “imposition of a state-controlled board will ensure that Orange County cannot use this issue as a pretext to increase taxes on Orange County residents.” The Florida Legislature’s motion relating to the Reedy Creek special district further seeks “to ensure that debts and bond obligations held by the District remain with the District and are not transferred to other governments”.
Shortly before the law known as “Don’t Say Gay” was enacted, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced that the company was canceling its large political donations in Florida, which included the governor himself. DeSantis acknowledged receipt, going so far as to say that Disney’s pronouncement was “dishonest” and had “crossed a line.”
And last May, the Republican governor expressly signed this bill approved in the Legislature that eliminates the privilege of enjoying self-government for
Disney. The Orlando’s Walt Disney World Since 1967, it had a self-government system that allowed it to grow to have half a dozen theme parks, a sports center, a huge shopping center, 25 hotels, its own police force, fire department, and nearly 80,000 employees.