Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has found himself embroiled in a contentious battle with entertainment giant Disney over control of the company's special taxing district, Reedy Creek Improvement District, which encompasses its Orlando-area theme parks. Despite recently signing legislation that intended to give the state power over this area, it appears that Disney continues to maintain control.
In response to these events, political opponents and allies alike have seized on the opportunity to criticize DeSantis's handling of this issue. MAGA Inc. PAC spokesman Taylor Budowich tweeted about how the governor "just got out-negotiated by Mickey Mouse," while other detractors voiced concerns regarding his targeting of a private business.
Despite setbacks and mounting opposition from various sources, Governor Ron DeSantis remains steadfast in his vow for continued efforts against Disney's alleged monopolization of their tax district; however, he may face an uphill legal battle as challenges are raised against previous agreements made between Walt Disney World Resort and Reedy Creek Improvement District.
The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board appointed by De Santis has taken measures such as hiring four outside law firms aimed at voiding those agreements initially established under prior leadership within the board itself—to varying degrees of success or failure thus far unknown.
As part of ongoing investigations into allegations surrounding both sides' conduct during negotiations leading up until now—and whether any laws were broken or unethical practices employed—officials will examine several key areas: adherence to civil/criminal statutes along with ethics requirements; qualifications held by current members involved throughout proceedings; involvement (if applicable) from other parties like WaltDisney employees/agents operating behind-the-scenes at times when crucial decisions took place concerning land use/zoning rights specific only towards them exclusively rather than more generalized public purposes overall targetted primarily through local taxation policies enacted accordingly based upon jurisdictional boundaries set forth otherwise legislatively mandated accordingly per state statute.
Disney has maintained that all agreements made with the Reedy Creek Improvement District were conducted lawfully and in accordance with established legal standards. This high-profile dispute is expected to persist for some time, as both parties continue to clash over control of this lucrative taxing district.