(RepublicanDaily.org) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been engaged in a political battle with Walt Disney and its Reedy Creek Improvement Zone area for the Walt Disney World resorts. DeSantis attempted to strip Disney of its autonomous control of its theme park district zone within the former development district zone in Orlando, Florida that had special permissions for overseeing Disney’s theme park. DeSantis’ motion to revoke this special governance autonomy was blocked by Disney’s lawyers, when the former development zone board entered into a legal agreement with Disney stripped the new board of power over the theme park’s zone, the Orlando Sentinel first reported, as quoted by NBC.
Following Disney’s response to DeSantis’ “don’t say gay” legislation, which prevented LGBTQ+ curriculum from being used in Florida’s state education system, DeSantis motioned to block the Disney company’s “special tax status” and the autonomous control of its property. DeSantis then appointed a new board of directors to oversee Disney’s operations in the Florida region.
However, the Disney Company stripped the governing board of power before the new appointees taking control and had their executive powers limited to anything more than being able to maintain the local park’s basic infrastructure, The Washington Post reported.
Additionally, DeSantis has hit the wall with a “sweetheart agreement” between the Walt Disney Company and the former Reedy Creek Improvement District and restrictions. The agreement reportedly strips the newly appointed board of the newly formed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District of most of its governing authority over the property development area.
When Disney created its new limiting contract, it made it in “perpetuity,” using the “royal lives” clause which would connect the agreement to the continuation to the death of the last descendant of King Charles III. Media outlets called this a “sweetheart agreement” document, which was obtained by The Guardian, explaining that the development company overseeing Disney has written the royal lives clause in its contract. In this contract, the Disney company has a contract that will stand until “21 years after the death of the last descendant” of the British royal family.
The agreement made between the former Reedy Creek Development board and the Walt Disney board will be reviewed by a team of lawyers, ClickOrlando.com reported.
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