Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Files Lawsuit Against Disney
There’s been another development in the saga of Florida and Ron DeSantis versus Disney.
Following the dissolution of Reedy Creek Improvement District, the institution of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, and Disney’s legal maneuvering to maintain control over the district, the new board voted to nullify Disney’s agreements, and Disney responded by filing a lawsuit against Ron DeSantis and the members of the board. Now, the board has a response.
Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Files Lawsuit
On May 1st, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) filed a lawsuit in Orange County, Florida. This lawsuit alleges that Disney “covertly cobbled together a series of eleventh-hour deals with its soon-to-be-replaced puppet government” in an effort to “tie the hands of the new, independent Board and to preserve Disney’s special status as its own government in the district for at least the next thirty years.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Disney’s Reedy Creek agreements “violate basic principles of Florida constitutional, statutory, and common law. As a result, they are null and void — not even worth the paper they were printed on.”
Because, according to the lawsuit, “Disney continues to insist that [the agreenments] are valid and enforceable against the District,” the District now “seeks a judicial declaration regarding their invalidity.”
CFTOD is suing Disney in the local circuit court, whereas Disney filed its lawsuit in the federal court. According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said, “No one corporation is above the law and the people of this state.”
We’ll be following this developing situation closely, so keep following MickeyBlog for more Disney news!