War over the corporate kingdom: DeSantis’ new board spars for control with Disney

It appears that the board of directors appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to run a district that oversees Disney World is headed for a legal battle with the giant corporation.

In the hours leading up to the Florida House of Representatives He agreed to a state takeoverHowever, the board of directors—still under the control of company appointees—transferred many of the special district’s duties to Disney’s control.

“The governor’s executive office is aware of Disney’s recent efforts to enforce contracts prior to the ratification of the new law that transfers rights and powers from the former Reedy Creek Improvement District to Disney,” said a spokesperson for the governor’s office, Taryn Fensky. .

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Pursuant to the developer agreements signed and effective February 8, the same day that Florida House passed legislation to control aspects of Disneyland, the Reedy Creek Improvement District It passed most of its power to Disney for the next 30 years.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year gained control of a board that oversees aspects of Disney World.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year gained control of a board that oversees aspects of Disney World. (Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The governor was not aware of the agreements concluded by the previous council before putting his mark on the new neighborhood, according to what he reported DeSantis office. However, it was passed by the board of directors during a public meeting that included public hearings.

“Initial review indicates that these agreements may have significant legal flaws that would render the contracts void as a matter of law,” Fenske said. “We are pleased that the new board appointed by the governor has retained several financial and law firms to conduct audits and investigate Disney’s past behavior.”

The moves were not widely detected until Wednesday’s meeting of the Central Florida Tourism Control Board, formerly known as the Reedy Creek Special District.

New board member Brian Angst Jr. said, “I can’t think of a more obvious attempt to circumvent the will of the voters, the will of the Florida legislature, and the will of the governor.”

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DeSantis has been sparring with Disney ever since the giant company came out against the Parental Rights to Education Act.

DeSantis has been sparring with Disney ever since the giant company came out against the Parental Rights to Education Act. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

He continued, “This development agreement, which in my opinion is void…was passed on the same day that the Florida House of Representatives passed the bill establishing this House, and we were barred from doing our business.” “This is offensive to me.”

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The previous board that oversaw aspects of Disney World agreed to a series of agreements that gave the giant a wide range of control.

The previous board that oversaw aspects of Disney World agreed to a series of agreements that gave the giant a wide range of control. (Getty Images for Disney Dreamers Academy)

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Disney In a statement, he said, “All agreements signed between Disney and the District were appropriate, discussed and approved in notable public forums in compliance with the Florida Government in the Sunshine Act.”

The new board hired two outside law firms while the litigation was considered.

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