The Disney corporation drew the ire of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) after it bowed to the progressive leftist activist mob and publicly opposed the Parental Rights in Education legislation that he had recently signed into law amid ridiculously false manufactured outrage from Democrats and the media about that bill.
Now, in what appears to be a bid to remind Disney exactly who is in charge in the state, DeSantis has called upon the state legislature to review and terminate a special self-governing arrangement that had been afforded to Disney in 1967, Breitbart reported.
That 1967 arrangement, known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, granted the Walt Disney World Resort special governing and taxing authorities and privileges for a 25,000-acre area for the purpose of encouraging economic development and tourism within the defined space.
That special district, which Disney has exploited and relied upon for profitable benefit for more than 50 years, is now at risk thanks to a proclamation Gov. DeSantis issued Tuesday in relation to the special session already underway for the state legislature.
The proclamation specifically instructed the legislature to expand the session to include “legislation relating to independent special districts” as well as prior legislation currently tied up in court regarding protections for Floridians from “arbitrary censorship by social media platforms.”
During a press conference Tuesday to discuss another matter entirely, DeSantis referenced his proclamation to expand the legislature’s special session that was currently dealing with congressional reapportionment and the drawing of new district maps.
“I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week,” DeSantis said, “and so yes, they will be considering the congressional map, but they also will be considering termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968, and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”
In addition to congressional reapportionment, this week’s special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the big tech accountability law. pic.twitter.com/67sF4E113I
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 19, 2022
DeSantis “receptive” to legislatively ending special privileges for Disney
Local media outlet WQCS had reported on April 5 that Gov. DeSantis had expressed that he was “receptive” to the idea of stripping away the special privileges that had been granted to Disney so many decades prior as a way to help get the upstart theme park, at that time, up and running in a successful manner.
A member of the state legislature had first broached the topic of reconsidering the special district for Disney, to which the governor said, “I think they’re right to be looking at this and reevaluating it. And I think I’ve said I would be receptive to that.”
“For Disney to come out and say that the bill should have never passed, and that they are going to actively work to repeal it, I think, one, was fundamentally dishonest, but two, I think that crossed the line,” he continued with regard to the corporation’s opposition to protecting the rights of parents of schoolchildren.
“Over many, many, decades, where they have gotten essentially this one corporation put on a pedestal, and treated differently. And so that is something that I know they’re scrutinizing. But it’s really going to be up to the Legislature to re-evaluate,” DeSantis added at that time. “I can tell you, just as a matter of first principle, if you didn’t have lobbying heft, and you didn’t have a lot of influence, I think a lot of those things that have accumulated over the years would probably not be justifiable.”