Governor DeSantis Announces First Steps to Terminate Disney’s Reedy Creek District
As the battle between Disney and the State of Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis continues to heat up over the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, DeStantis just announced that the state will take the first steps to eliminate Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.
In today’s press conference, DeSantis announced he signed a proclamation to extend the state’s current legislative special session to include terminating special independent tax districts in the state that were formed prior to 1968. Disney’s Reedy Creek Tax District was created in 1967.
Here’s the proclamation Gov. DeSantis issued this morning, expanding the special session to also include legislation relating to independent special districts in Florida: pic.twitter.com/3tUnHQv3Ot
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) April 19, 2022
DeSantis stated, “I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week. And, so, yes, they will be considering their congressional map. But they will also be considering termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968. And that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
Why Reedy Creek Is Important to Walt Disney World
Since being established back in 1967, Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District has allowed Walt Disney World to act as their own tax district and provide their own public services for the Walt Disney World area.
Among other advantages, the Reedy Creek Improvement District allows Walt Disney World to fast-track the building of new attractions and areas since the District oversees the building codes and usage of land for the area. Without the special district, new projects will most likely take even longer to complete than they already do.
If the special district was terminated, it’s likely we would see changes to the roads in and around Walt Disney World as these roads are currently maintained by Reedy Creek.
Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District also runs the district’s law enforcement (with the help from Florida Highway Patrol, Orange County Sheriffs, and Osceola County Sheriffs), environmental protection, utilities, and more.
Make sure to keep it here with MickeyBlog.com as we continue to follow the developments around today’s announcement by DeSantis.
Do you think it is time to see Disney’s special Reedy Creek Improvement District come to an end? Let us know in the comments below.
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