Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Hires New Administrator
Are you sick of all the Reedy Creek Improvement District news? Too bad.
In case you’ve missed the ongoing conflict between Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the fallout has included the dissolution of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District and the appointment of the DeSantis-led Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD).
Although Disney outmaneuvered the new board signing agreements that essentially retained Disney’s control of the land, DeSantis signed a bill that voided said agreements. These moves were followed by a federal lawsuit filed by Disney against DeSantis and the CFTOD, and later a state lawsuit filed by the board against Disney.
Phew, are you caught up now? We’ve got more news.
May 10th Meeting
The CFTOD met on Wednesday, May 10th, where they hired a new district administrator, or a local executive responsible for overseeing daily operations. The new hire is Glenton Gilzean Jr., the former president and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. According to the Orlando Business Journal, he will earn $400,00 annually.
Gilzean is a supporter of Ron DeSantis, having served him in a variety of former positions, according to WESH. Gilzean said that his goal for CFTOD is focused on improving the district experience for employees and stakeholders. He said, “There’s magic here.”
Gilzean did not have any comments about the lawsuit, but he did say that he cannot accomplish his goals for the district while “fighting endless battles in court.”
During the meeting, new policies were also passed, including ones to adopt fire prevention regulations and regulate lobbying. They also discussed reviewing utility rates and seeking a new code enforcement system. You can read the full agenda for the May 10th meeting here.
The next meeting for the CFTOD is scheduled for May 24th. Stay tuned to MickeyBlog for more Disney news!