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Disney could be stripped of its power of self-government, DeSantis says

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Tuesday morning at the Villages. The governor began by announcing that lawmakers would consider ending Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District during this week’s special session. DeSantis issued a proclamation calling for the expansion of the special session to include considering ending all special districts enacted in Florida prior to 1968. Years before Cinderella’s Castle opened, Walt Disney himself proposed to State lawmakers that Disney World should have governmental authority over the territory. Months after his death in December 1966, the Governor and Legislature in 1967 granted the company, under the leadership of Walt’s brother Roy, the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, to govern the property that would eventually become DisneyWorld. Disney’s independence has been under the microscope following the company’s denunciation of Florida’s new “parental rights in education” law, or the “Don’t Say Gay” law. In a tweet, State Rep. Spencer Roach, who represents the North Fort Myers area, wrote that lawmakers have already met twice to discuss repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act. “If Disney wants to embrace the ‘woke’ ideology, it seems appropriate that they be regulated by Orange County,” Roach said. “DeSantis went on to say that higher education needs to be affordable and people need to be aware of other pathways. He was joined by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprows.

Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday morning in The Villages.

The governor began by announcing that lawmakers would consider ending Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District during this week’s special session.

DeSantis issued a proclamation calling for the expansion of the special session to include consideration of the termination of all special districts enacted in Florida prior to 1968.

Years before Cinderella Castle opened, Walt Disney himself proposed to state legislators that Disney World have authority over the territory. Months after his death in December 1966, the Governor and the 1967 Legislature granted the corporation, under the leadership of Walt’s brother Roy, the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, to govern the property that would eventually become Disney World.

Disney’s independence has come under scrutiny following the company’s denunciation of Florida’s new “Parental Rights in Education” law, or the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

In a tweet, State Rep. Spencer Roach, who represents the North Fort Myers area, wrote that lawmakers have already met twice to discuss repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act.

“If Disney wants to embrace the ‘woke’ ideology, it seems appropriate that they be regulated by Orange County,” Roach said.

What else was discussed at the press conference?

DeSantis went on to say that higher education needs to be affordable and people need to be aware of other pathways. He was joined by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprows.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera